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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Contracting Officer Specialist

Agency:Office of the Inspector General, USPS

Job Announcement Number:2013-42-874587-PC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 11, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

 

The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Contracting Officer Specialist position in the Office of General Counsel located in Arlington, VA.  The successful candidate will serve as an expert technical authority for the agency in the areas of contracting and procurement.  The successful candidate will also be responsible for providing excellent customer service in contracting and procurement by resolving significant and complex contracting issues, creating innovative solutions for customer needs, and working well with customers from all OIG components. 

 

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 26, 2013 will be considered.

 

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

 

This position is being advertised at the Specialist Band level, equivalent to a GS-14]. The salary range for this position is $105,211 -136,771. The salary figures include locality pay. 

 

Relocation expenses will not be paid.   

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to complete a 12-month probationary period
  • May be required to take a writing assessment

DUTIES:

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Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

  • Serves as a technical expert in contracting and procurement, advising senior management on procurement techniques and tools;
  • Plans, negotiates, leads, and/or administers the complex procurements of goods, systems or services with specialized and/or state-of-the-art requirements;
  • Recommends the appropriate contracting vehicle and best-value approach for procurement of goods and services;
  • Audits or reviews major acquisitions, presents findings, and recommends corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements;
  • Develops innovative solutions for procurement with an emphasis on customer service.   


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.

 

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, with at least 24 semester hours in subjects related to purchasing, such as accounting, business, finance, commercial (business) law, economics, quantitative analysis, marketing, contracting or purchasing, organization, or management.

AND

  • Two years of specialized experience to include government contracting, procurement, accounting, finance, and/or negotiating skills.

AND

  • Current certification as a Contracting Officer at a federal department, agency or establishment.

  

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  •  Postal Service contracting experience.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

EVALUATION FACTORS

 

Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Postal Service Supplying Principles and Practices, and/or other federal acquisition policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Superior customer service skills, including the ability to work with a team and develop and maintain effective working relationships with others from within and outside the agency with differing backgrounds and points of view.
  • Ability to develop creative solutions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


 


BENEFITS:

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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

 

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.  For more information about these programs visit www.opm.gov/insure.

 

Retirement and Thrift Savings.  For more information about these programs see www.opm.gov/retire and http://www.tsp.gov/.

 

Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

 

Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

 

For further information, please refer to our website at:
http://www.uspsoig.gov/faq.cfm?SECTION=EMP
 
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).  



OTHER INFORMATION:

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please call 703-248-2210. The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

 

The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; fail to attach all required documentation; or if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position. Only the top-rated, minimally-qualified candidates will be referred to a review panel or the selecting official for further consideration. If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentation. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment. Your rating may be further adjusted by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision.

 

APPLY THROUGH THE USAJOBS WEBSITE:

 

When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or to login to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to create or upload required and applicable documents, and submit the Occupational Questionnaire.
 
NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 874587 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.
 
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 

 

If you need assistance applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

 

You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, April 26, 2013;

 

1. RESUME.  Required: When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT:  You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire.  It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.


2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  (Required:  You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process) Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete questionnaire you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.


3. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:

  • Certificates or Licenses, if applicable.  Upload and save as "Other" document.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation.  If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 (www.opm.gov/forms) and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records, and can download a copy of their VA letter from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each veterans document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
  • TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued.  Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent. (Required: Attach as "Transcript" document.)
  • PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL dated within the last 15 months.  This is required from all applicants including Federal, USPS, OIG, and private sector employees.  If a PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL is not available, you must submit a separate statement with the reason a performance appraisal is not available.  (Required: Upload and save as "Other" document.)  NOTE: An SF50 IS NOT acceptable as a performance appraisal.
  •  CONTRACTING OFFICER WARRANT that shows that you hold a current certification as a contracting officer at a federal department, agency, or establishment. (Required: Upload and save as "Other" document.)

 

NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred.  Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vacancy Inquiries
Phone: (703)248-2210
TDD: (202) 855-1234
Email: JOBS@USPSOIG.GOV
Agency Information:
Office of General Counsel
1735 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA
22209
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official. 


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Job Announcement Number:

2013-42-874587-PC

Control Number:

341559400