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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Supervisory Contract Specialist GS-1102-13

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-01557-WLW-867665-D

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,449.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston, MA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
  • This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and at the GS-13 grade levels. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-01557-WLW--D for additional information.

 

This position is ideal for an expert Contract Specialist professional looking for an opportunity to serve in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region 1 Office located in Boston, MA.  In this position you will serve as a Supervisory Contract Specialist within the Administrative Services Branch.  This position starts at a salary of $89,449.00 (GS-13).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the FEMA Region 1 Office.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites.  All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust) security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

DUTIES:

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Typical work assignments include:

 

·         Complete authority for all contractual and assistance actions, including advanced acquisition planning, requirements definition, acquisition strategy, pre-solicitation conferences, due diligence, source selection plans, technical evaluation plans, negotiations, and competitive range determinations including signatory authority for all contract actions in support of assigned organizations.

·         Coordinates all contractual and assistance actions with all assigned organizations; represents the Division a contractual authority at meetings, conferences, and on intra and inter-agency committees concerned with procurement issues.

·         Directs the acquisition process for all contractual actions that support a variety of FEMA program operations assigning work and reviewing work products.

·         Operates in a work environment which is subject to frequent abrupt and unexpected changes in work assignments, goals, and deadlines which requires the supervisor to constantly adjust operations under unpredictable conditions.

·         Serves as an authority for the implementation of acquisition policy and regulations for contract specialist, with authority to make technical decisions and commit FEMA to a course of action.

·         Serves as Contracting Officer with unlimited signatory authority for all contract actions in support of assigned organizations.

·         Directs subordinates to provide briefings, technical advice, training and support to Agency managers on contracting practices and procedures for procurement activities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  

Specialized experience include:  Responsibility for a variety of contracts requiring special handling provisions or other specialized terms and conditions; Development of the statement of work and data requirements, develops special clauses and terms and conditions applicable to the solicitation; Negotiates settlements for such changes; approves payments; and prepares replies to other involved agencies, appeal boards, or congressional inquires.  

In addition to the above qualifications you must meet both A and B:

A.  Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting, positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related position.  At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of this position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

AND

B.  A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. 

 

C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000.  This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. 

 

D.  Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities job performance, and qualifying experience.  With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record of the basis of the waiver.  If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.


Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

 

1. Knowledge of federal contracting and procurement policies and regulations, including performance based acquisitions

2. Knowledge of all phases of the procurement process, (i.e., planning solicitation, negotiation, pricing and administration and terminations).

3. Knowledge of commercial business and industry practices and market considerations, including various commodity areas, (i.e., architectural and engineering services, supplies, equipment, ADP, and construction).

4. Technical skill in analyzing procurement situation proposal and market conditions.

5. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing to represent and defend the agency's best interest.

6. Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures and methods in order to manage and direct the work of others.

Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



OTHER INFORMATION:

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. 

To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.
  4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit:
      • a copy of your agency notice, and
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Whitney L. Hill
Phone: (800)879-6076
Email: WHITNEY.HILL@FEMA.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA
22604

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Job Announcement Number:

MG-2013-01557-WLW-867665-D

Control Number:

340952400