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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Materiel Management

Job Announcement Number:VAOAL-MP-884197-LP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Frederick, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan," - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve.  You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve. 

Location: This position is within the Office of Acquisition, Operations/Acquisition, located in Frederick, MD.

***This is a reannouncement of vacancy ID VAOAL-MP-876919-LJP.  Applicants who previoulsy applied to the former announcement will need to reapply to be considered for this position. 

Area of Consideration.  To be eligible under Merit Promotion, you must have an eligibility listed below:  

Competitive Merit Promotion

*Current or Former Federal Employees: Current Federal or former employees who hold, or have held a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, and that hold a position at a lower grade level as the position being announced for any length of time. An SF-50 must show appointment in the competitive service.

*Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.

Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:

*Current or former Federal Employees:  Current or former federal employees who hold, or have held a career or career conditional appointment in the Competitive Service, and that hold a position at the same or higher grade level as the position being announced for any length of time.

* Disabled veterans receiving 30% or more disability compensation from the VA;

*Individuals with severe disabilities eligible for Schedule A appointments;

*Individuals eligible under other non-competitive appointment authorities such as: Employees covered by an Interchange Agreement;  Military spouses under E.O. 13473; Certain former overseas employees; Present and former Peace Corps, Vista or Action volunteers;   Former White House staff; Present and former Foreign Service officers and employees; Certain National Guard technicians.

**Current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of their SF-50 which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.)  

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e. intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities) and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • You must be eligible under the Area of Consideration
  • You must submit your resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • Telework may be available for this position.
  • A compressed work schedule may be available for this position; 8x9hr, 1x8h

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:

·         Utilizes electronic systems for contract writing, contract management, contract reporting, and financial management in accordance with agency policies.

·         Assists the requiring activities by serving as a member of acquisition planning teams.

·         Responsible for selecting, and advertising the appropriate method of procurement, i.e. simplified acquisition procedures, sealed-bidding, negotiations, including all applicable requirements and preparing the solicitation documents.

·         Serves as a contract administrator on awarded contracts

·         Closes out contract upon completion of the contract, resolves all conflicts and administers final disposition of payment.

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, you must have at least: 

Basic Education Requirement

Completion of a  4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, 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.   (Transcripts are required at the time of application to verify education.  Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating).                        

AND

Additional Requirement

*** In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must also have specialized experience as described below.

Specialized Experience:

At least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 that included activities such as: 1) conducting pre-award and post-award functions including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration to procure supplies or services for medical or facility equipment, medical/surgical supplies, and medical services, or construction; 2) deciding on the method of contracting, milestones, and procurement plan; 3) preparing solicitation documents; 4) preparing and conducting pre-proposals conferences or pre-solicitation site visits; and 5) monitoring contract performance and negotiating contract modifications.

Exceptions to the Qualification Requirements for the GS-1102-13:

All Federal employees in GS-1102 positions who have continuously encumbered GS-1102 positions are considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at Grade 13 will be considered to have met the standard for other GS-1102 positions at their same grade, including positions at other agencies. To qualify for promotion to a higher grade, the basic and specialized experience requirements must be met.

***Quality Ranking Factor:

For this position a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level II is required. Possession of the certification at Level II or III will be used as a Quality Ranking Factor. Although candidates that do not have the required level of certification will not be screened from consideration, candidates that do have it are more likely to be referred to the hiring agency in the Best Qualified Category. If you have a FAC-C Level II or III certificate, please submit it with your application documents. 

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.


Transcripts are required for this position:  You ARE required to submit transcripts (unofficial) at the time of application to verify that you meet the basic educational requirement, and if you are using education for substitution of education for experience. Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.

 

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 

 

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

REQUIREMENTS:

·         Background investigation: You may need to successfully complete a background investigation before appointed into the position.

·         Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

·         Time in Grade (TIG): Status (merit promotion) candidates must submit a SF-50 (notification of personnel action) that demonstrates serving 52 weeks at the next lower level and includes your name, position title, pay plan, series, grade, tenure, position occupied, agency, etc. It must also show competitive service and permanent or conditional appointment –or- that you are from an agency with an interchange agreement. You must meet time-in-grade requirements in order to be considered. There may be situations where more than one SF-50 in needed to verify time-in-grade requirements, as well as, eligibility for consideration.  

·         Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

·         Telework may be available for this position.

·         A compressed work schedule (CWS) may be available for this position.  A CWS is a fixed work schedule that enables full-time employees to complete the basic 80-hour biweekly work requirement in less than 10 workdays. An example for a 10-day period may be working 8 days x 9 hours and 1 day x 8 hours.

·         Quality Ranking Factor: For this position a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level II is required. Possession of the certification at Level II or III will be used as a Quality Ranking Factor. Although candidates that do not have the required level of certification will not be screened from consideration, candidates that do have it are more likely to be referred to the hiring agency in the Best Qualified Category. If you have a FAC-C Level II or III certificate, please submit it with your application documents. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies: 

·         Planning

·         Acquisition Regulations

·         Acquisition Strategy

·         Oral Communication/Negotiation

·         Written Communication 

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCEPlease note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


BENEFITS:

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VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at https://my.usajobs.gov/Resource Center/Index/Interactive/Benfits#icc

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual for Non-Federal Work Experience and Experience in the Uniformed Service:  At the sole discretion of the Agency, newly appointed Federal employees may be given credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service toward the accrual of annual leave. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.  Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

 

Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login,  select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

 

·  Resume

·  Completed Occupational Questionnaire

·  Unofficial College Transcripts are required when education is a basic requirement for the position, and/or you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.  If selected you may be required to produce official transcripts before being appointed. Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.

·  Veterans Preference Documentation:  DD-214 or Statement of Service which shows dates of service and character of service, and VA or Armed Forces Disability Letter if  claiming 10-point preference.

·  Other documents – use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information. 

**Current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of their SF-50 which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.) 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

 

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

 

*If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is: 884197

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

*If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 20, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

 

*To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

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.

 

Veteran's Preference:  For more information and/or to determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lynne Piekarski
Phone: (210)805-2420
Email: LYNNE.PIEKARSKI@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Do Not Mail
San Antonio, TX
78217

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your application and supporting documentation, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. To view the status of your application,  log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

VAOAL-MP-884197-LP

Control Number:

342679200