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Job Title:Supervisory Contract Specialist, GS-1102-14/15

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1596-SE-AM-DHA-A

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$96,690.00 to $147,857.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Norfolk, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens. This positions will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA). All applicants who meet basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration. The 'Rule of Three', Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority: http//www.opm.gov/directhire/factsheet.asp

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.

NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS PUBLIC VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. This vacancy is being advertised under Direct Hire Authority for positions with a critical hiring need. This vacancy is also being advertised for status applicants at the GS-14/15 grade levels under 13-1596-SE-AM-M-A. Applicants who wish to be considered under both public and status procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements. NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

This position is located in U.S. Coast Guard, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center, Chief of Contracting Office (COCO), Base Support & Services, Norfolk, VA

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires some travel.
  • This position requires a Secret clearance.
  • Financial statement required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as the Chief of the Contracting Office who exercises unlimited contracting authority to commit the Coast Guard and acts as a senior advisor, consultant, and liaison to top management officials in the Federal, state, local, and tribal Governments, top policy makers, non-governmental organizations and institutions on challenging, new developments in contracting/procurement initiatives which are Coast Guard-wide in scope. The Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC) Base and Support Services Division is responsible for development and implementation of acquisition strategy for the design, support services including contingency operations, emergency procurements, and routine support services for some of the most diverse and significant activities in the Coast Guard.

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include:

* Serving as the official government representative and approving authority on all matters pertaining to contract proposals, invitation for bids, contract awards and contractor performance.

* Exercising unlimited contracting officer authority to commit the Coast Guard for all contracts under his/her supervision without further review except for those acquisitions that require higher level review as required by regulation or law.

* Providing technical oversight and guidance to subordinate supervisors and contracting specialists responsible for the SILC Base and Support Services procurement function.

* Administering an effective, sound position management program in a manner that achieves a balance between economy and effectiveness. Carries out EEO policies and communicates support of these EEO policies to subordinates. Assures quality in determining qualifications, selection, assignments, training, promotions, details, discipline and awards to employees.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-14/15 - You must meet all three requirements listed below; unless you are covered by an exception:

1) Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, that included or was supplemented by 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.

NOTE:  The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript."    
AND
GS-14: Completion of at least 4-years of experience in a contracting or related position, 1 year of which was directly related experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Directly related experience must have involved the application of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures in planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining all aspects of the administration of one or more major systems contracts; applying knowledge of a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, staff coordination, and consultation; formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing policy interpretation; performing in-depth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities, or the performance, of the contractor.

GS-15:  Completion of at least 4-years of experience in a contracting or related position, 1 year of which was directly related experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Directly related experience must have involved the application of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures in planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining all aspects of the administration of one or more major systems contracts; applying knowledge of a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, staff coordination, and consultation; formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing policy interpretation; performing in-depth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities, or the performance, of the contractor
AND

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. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver.


2) Completion of all of the following mandatory training requirements: Mission Support Planning (Defense Acquisition University (DAU) (DAU CON 110 or equivalent); Mission Strategy Execution (DAU CON 111 or equivalent); Mission Performance Objective (DAU CON 112 or equivalent); Mission Focused Contracting (DAU CON 120 or equivalent); The DAU courses CON 101 Basics of Contracting and CON 104 Principles of Contract Pricing are no longer offered by DAU. These two courses were replaced with CON 110, 111, 112 and 120. There is no need for applicants to complete CON 110, 111, 112, and 120 if they previously completed CON 101 and 104 successfully. Applicants can substitute CON 101 and CON 104 for CON 110, 111, 112 and 120. Intermediate Contracting (DAU CON 202 or equivalent); Intermediate Contracting (DAU CON 204 or equivalent); Government Contract Law (DAU CON 210 or equivalent); Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support (DAU CON 353 or equivalent); Five Targeted Electives - each should be a minimum of 16 hours of assignment or individual specific learning identified as developmentally beneficial for the individual for career progression. Electives can include formal training or education, seminars, conferences, special projects, or other developmental activities in the procurement field. Day-to-day work experience may not be used to fulfill elective requirements.
Substitution of DAU CON 301 (Executive Contracting) or DAU CON 333 (Management for Contracting Supervisors) completed prior to 9/30/03 is allowed in the following manner:
If DAU CON 301 was completed prior to 9/30/03, but not DAU CON 333: two electives are considered to have been met - DAU CON 353 and three out of the five electives are required.
If DAU CON 333 was completed prior to 9/30/03, but not DAU CON 301: one elective and the requirement for DAU CON 353 are considered to have been met - four out of the five electives are required.
If DAU CON 301 and DAU CON 333 were completed prior to 9/30/03: the DHS training requirements are considered to have been met.

NOTE: Only courses offered by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or by a recognized equivalent provider may be used to meet the training requirements.  

3) The agency may obtain a waiver for any individual not meeting the training requirements. The Coast Guard Head of the Contracting Activity must obtain the waiver from the DHS Chief Procurement Officer prior to the extension of an employment offer.

4) If you are currently employed with an agency other than DHS and seeking a lateral transfer AND you were promoted to an 1102 position at or above the GS-13 level (or equivalent) after 12/31/99 based on a waiver of the agency's training requirements, you will need to be approved for another training waiver before you can be hired into a GS-1102 position at or above the GS-13 level with DHS. If you were hired into your current GS-1102-13 or higher level position, with a non-DHS agency, based on an educational waiver, you will still have to meet the educational requirements stated in Qualification Requirements #1.


This position does have a positive education requirement.

 

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position.  Official transcripts will be required if selected.  

Information on Defense Aquisition University equivalent providers may be found at
http://www.dau.mil/learning/appg.aspx.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé 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 the on-line self assessment questions that are based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job: 

 

***KSA's***

1. Knowledge of acquisitions involving such as diverse areas as service contracting, emergency procurement, environmental spill response, engineering and technical support services, professional services, and competitive sourcing oversight.

2. Knowledge of contract administration actions required for the acquisitions programs, including the issuance of contract modifications, negotiation of changes, exercise of options, investigation of resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance appraisal, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims and similar matters.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.     

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview


To preview questions 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:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

This is a supervisory position, under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6287.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Resume
    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to on-line self-assessment
    Supporting documents, if requested

High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.  

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating. Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration. CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above. For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.

 

A copy of your unofficial transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required. All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents.

 

A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is: (Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard Ofc of Civ Human Resources, CG-1211SE, STOP-7130 4200 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 800 Arlington, VA 20598-7130

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson Blvd
STOP 7130, Suite 800
Attn: Ofc of Civilian HR (CG-1211-SE)
Arlington, VA
20598-7130
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking.  The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.   

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Job Announcement Number:

13-1596-SE-AM-DHA-A

Control Number:

342364800