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Job Title:Supervisory Contract Specialist

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:RI-13-061

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Tuesday, May 14, 2013




Full Time - Indefinite


1 vacancy in the following location:
Providence, RI United StatesView Map


This position is open to current on board Perm/Indefinite Technicians of the Rhode Island Nationa Guard within the ranks of O-5 and below.


Rhode Island National Guard

The Rhode Island National Guard traces its history from the first colonial defensive force established in the town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1638. Today, the Rhode Island National Guard consists of dedicated men and women, prepared to serve our State and Nation in a variety of military specialties.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Rhode Island Army or Air National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the Rhode Island Army or Air National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Rhode Island Army or Air National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.

Persons appointed with indefinite status may be separated when their services are no longer needed. If a permanent status employee at the same grade level as this announcement is selected, Nature of Action will be Reassignment; tenure will not change. If a permanent excepted status employee is selected at a higher grade, Nature of Action MAY be Temporary Promotion. Should the need for the indefinite time limitations placed on this position no longer exist, the Temporary Promotion and/or the Indefinite Appointment COULD be converted to permanent action without further competition.

Veteran's Preference does not apply to the National Guard Excepted Service.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation allowance NOT authorized.


This position serves as Chief Contracting Division for the state.  Serves as a first level supervisor responsible for execution of the division’s mission of contracting for architect and engineer (A & E) services, construction, maintenance, modification, repair, and demolition of real property facilities, oversight of cooperative and joint service agreements, and a myriad of other supplies and services required by various units and activities of the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the Air National Guard (ANG) for the entire state.  Supervisory duties constitute at least 25% of the work of this position and the creditable base level of work supervised is GS-12.  To credit this base level requires supervision of a unit in which at least 25% of the non-supervisory work directed is at the GS-12 level.  The incumbent is the key state official responsible for planning, administering, developing, implementing, managing, and directing the statewide acquisition program.  This program includes responsibility for legal processing and timely completion of all ARNG and ANG contracts and therefore impacts upon readiness and mission accomplishment for both as well as impacting on homeland defense. 


  • Must be a current on board technician of the RING.
  • Assignment to the RING in MOS 01A or AFSC 64PX
  • Background Criminal Investigation required prior to appointment.
  • Must have a valid state driver's license.


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Brief Description of Duties: Serves as Chief Contracting Division, responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing all activities of the division.  The incumbent is the key state official and principal advisor to the United States Property and Fiscal Officer, the Adjutant General, and staff on all aspects of the Federal contracting process for the ARNG and ANG for the entire state.  As the highest level warranted Contracting Officer in the state, exercises Level III contracting authority with an unlimited warrant.  Makes recommendations to the senior state staff that significantly affects the development of long-range state plans and policies.  Establishes local program policies, procedures, and controls (in accordance with Federal and agency acquisition regulations, executive orders, departmental policies, procedures, directives, security regulations, socioeconomic policies, legal precedents, and awarded contracts) and provides policy guidance and advice to subordinate personnel in accomplishing complex short and long-term acquisitions to ensure uniform application, compliance, and interpretation with applicable regulations and policies.  Publishes base-level instructions, supplements, and procedures to ensure attainment of all related objectives.  Develops long range and short range acquisition plans, including ARNG and ANG design and construction programs that include multi-million dollar, multi-year military construction (MILCON) programs, considering ARNG and ANG master plans, operational trends, forecasting requirements, manpower, and other requirements.  Coordinates plans to ensure resources to meet user needs.  Makes decisions and commitments related to program management issues.  Communicates acquisition policies and procedures through meetings, written documentation, oral presentations, and state of the art communications and media.  The position involves contacts with contractor officials (almost exclusively at the level of CEO, President, Vice President, Controller, Chief Financial Officer) as well as with internal agency specialists such as auditors, attorneys, engineers, with internal agency senior leadership, and with external agency specialists such as attorneys, criminal investigators, Department of Labor Investigators, and Small Business Administration officials to monitor, evaluate, and resolve matters of contractor performance management and progress.

Performs a variety of supervisory functions to include assigning work to subordinates (dual and non-dual status, Active Guard Reserve (AGR), and traditional drill status members) by selective criteria such as the difficulty of the assignment, capabilities of the employee, or present work load assigned to each employee.  Base level of work supervised is GS-12.  Sets priorities and deadlines, develops standards and evaluates performance of subordinate employees.  Periodically reviews position descriptions to ensure accuracy, and the most effective utilization of personnel resources.  Explains performance expectations and provides regular feedback on strengths and weaknesses.  Gives advice and counsel, hears and resolves complaints, interviews, and selects candidates to fill vacancies within the unit.  Initiates action to correct performance or conduct problems and/or approves serious disciplinary actions involving subordinates.  Ensures documentation prepared to support actions is proper and complete.   Recommends awards and changes in position classification to higher-level managers.  Develops methods to improve production and quality of work directed.  Reviews developmental needs of employees and makes decisions as to training required.  Encourages self-development.  Approves leave and ensures adequate coverage through peak workloads and traditional holiday vacation time.  Demonstrates sensitivity to ideas of subordinates.  Applies equal opportunity principles and requirements to all personnel management actions and decisions and ensures all personnel are treated in a manner free of discrimination.

As a contracting officer with an unlimited contracting officer’s warrant (Level III certification), contracts for supplies, services, construction, and A & E services for the state Army and Air National Guard on behalf of the United States.  The incumbent is independently responsible for actions as an agent of the Federal government.  Serves as a project manager with responsibility to coordinate with engineers, auditors, cost accountants, attorneys, industrial security specialists, transportation specialists, cost analysts, and scientists in the negotiation and settlement of actions involving significant government and contractor program obligations.  This includes negotiating major change proposals where contracts are unclear or involve major changes, re-negotiation, require special agreements, and pricing arrangements.  Contracts are unique, complex, and frequently the scope and amount of work to be accomplished is unknown.  Some contracts lack precedence and require originality in design and creativity in structure, involve large dollar amounts, and extend over several years.  Determines clarity and adequacy of business strategy, adequacy of contractual pricing actions, the fairness and reasonableness of negotiation objectives and achievements, and the appropriateness of contractual terms and conditions utilized.  Certifies contracts legally obligating the government.  Conducts post-award conferences; ensures work performed by contractors meets the requirements of the contract; approves progress schedules, progress payments and other submittals.  Negotiates changes in contract requirements and/or adjustments in contract price or terms and enforces administrative requirements specified in the contract, including safety, equal opportunity, and insurance.  Issues orders and makes decisions and determinations necessary for contract performance, monitors contractor’s financial condition, and compliance with cost accounting standards and disclosure statements, if applicable.  Completes performance evaluation of A & E professional services and construction contractors, as required.  Performs cost and price analyses on proposals that involve contract changes, indirect rates, and settlement.  Executes settlement agreements on change orders; excuses the contractor from performing any requirements of the contract when justified; renders decisions under “dispute” or “termination” clauses of the contract; analyzes claims and negotiates final settlements; and closes out contracts.  Develops and utilizes new approaches and generates special provisions to satisfy program objectives.  When precedence is lacking, determines permissible exercise of authority in negotiating contracts determined to be in the best interest of the government.


Performs other duties as assigned




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GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees.


At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

(This requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree.)


 C.  The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) dictates specific education, training requirements, knowledge and experience factors for Acquisition Corps Officers and individuals holding Contracting Officer positions above the simplified acquisition threshold must meet certain criteria.  Groupings of education, training and experience standards provide the framework for progression in a career field and are used for the purpose of characterizing an acquisition officer’s qualifications within a given career field.  If applicants have not completed all the training required for their current position, they may not be considered as candidates to fill the vacant position on a promotion basis.  If prevented from completing mandatory courses, this certification must be met within 18 months of selection.

Level III: Advanced or Senior level positions, GS-13 and above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Must have at least 12 months experience equivalent to at least GS-12. Applicants must have completed four years of experience in contracting positions, which must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled, and must have completed mandatory contracting courses for a GS-12 position.

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Employment in this position requires membership in the Rhode Island Army or Air National Guard. Selected candidate(s) will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment within 60 days of the effective date of placement. Should be MOS/AFSC qualified within one year of placement action.

Military Grades: O-5 or below

Compatible Military Assignments: 01A/64PX

Substitution of education for specialized experience: Effective October 1, 2000 the Department of Defense implemented Title 10, United States code, sections 1723 through 1733, that put a positive educational requirement on this series, however if an individual occupied a GS-1102 position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in DoD on or before September 30, 2000, are exempt from the educational requirement.

Military skill set is determined by AFSC/MOS requirements and the requirements set by the Army Acquisition Corps program. Training requirements for Acquisition Corps membership has changed over the years to correspond to changes made to training requirements for career certification; therefore, people who were accepted into the Acquisition Corps several years ago may not meet current requirements, but should be treated the same as those who do. Upon selection, individuals must be assigned to a compatible military AFSC/MOS in accordance with statutes and National Guard Bureau regulations and must obtain/maintain all requirements of the AFSC/MOS and the Army Acquisition Corps program.  Specific requirements are found in: references listed below, NGB Compatibility tables and your local Personnel section. 


**Note to Incentive Recipients: Service members who accept a temporary or full-time federal technician position and are currently in receipt of an incentive such as a bonus, student loan repayment, or Select Reserve GI Bill may be subject to suspension of the incentive or termination with recoupment of the incentive.  Applicants in receipt of a military education/recruitment incentives are strongly encouraged to contact their unit representative or the Education and Incentives Office for Specific details regarding incentive termination or recoupment action.  The Army Education Office can be contacted at 401-275-4109 /4039 or the ANG Retention Office Manager can be contacted at 401-267-3269.


Incumbent must maintain membership in the Rhode Island Army or Air National Guard.

Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

Valid state driver’s license for the state in which they live or are principally employed.

Applicant must possess or be able to obtain a security clearance within one year of appointment.

Background Criminal Investigations (BCI) are required for federal employment.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Main site for new federal employees -

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:


1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource Office can only process materials received through USA Jobs.


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To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below) by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 14, 2013


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.  OF-306 Decleration of Federal Employment

4. Other supporting documents -please submit all documents in English     

         - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education


To begin the process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account and either create or upload a resumeView Occupational Questionnaire.  You will then be redirected to the Application Manager to finish the application process. Ensure that you click both Finish and Submit when you are done. Your Online Qualifications Questionnaire is not processed – and your résumé is not attached – until you click the Submit button, even if USAJOBS says it sent your résumé. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.  Note:  To update, correct or check your application status, simply visit the Application Manager and use the Vacancy Identification Number 880852.


If you cannot apply online 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this FAX Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID number: 880852.

2. Fax your documents to 478-757-3144.

3. Please retain your fax confirmation in the event you may need to validate your submission.




The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. OF-306 (Decleration of Federal Employment)

4.Other supporting documents -please submit all documents in English     

         - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education


Abel E. Coronel
Phone: (401)275-4141
Agency Information:
Rhode Island National Guard
Human Resources Office
645 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, you will may be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interviews.  You will be notified by email as to the status of your applicaiton after each step is completed.


Thank you for your interest in the Rhode Island National Guard.

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