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Job Title:CORE Contract Specialist GS-1102-9/11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-T0200-JMS-885229COR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,995.00 to $97,633.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 Years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This is a re-advertisement of MG2013-10714-JMS-854124COR

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 is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), Office of the Chief Procurement Washington, DC and is responsible for soliciting evaluating, negotiating, administering, and advising on contracts for the procurement of supplies and services for the Agency.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 

 

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all non-bargaining 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/High Risk) 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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This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), Office of the Chief Procurement Washington, DC and is responsible for soliciting evaluating, negotiating, administering, and advising on contracts for the procurement of supplies and services for the Agency.

Primary Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is to solicit, evaluate, negotiating, and advising on contracts for the procurement of supplies and services for the Agency.

Typical Duties for this Position:

·     Performs contract pre-award work to secure contracts for the acquisition of goods and services and ensures that procurements are obtained from responsible sources at fair and reasonable prices.

·     Responsible for the development of contract terms, conditions, or financial arrangements, which may serve as models for future acquisitions.

·     Pre-award duties include the examination and evaluation of a contractor's cost estimates or price proposals to determine the necessity and reasonableness of proposed contract costs; determine the responsiveness of bids; and examine the responsibility of the low bidder based on and analysis of financial and technical information gained during the pre-award survey.

·     Ensures compliance with technical, financial, delivery, and other terms of the contract.

·     Performs work related to the post-award process, and analyzes or interprets aspects of procurement policies or procedures to recommend actions or alternative policies or procedures and review contract actions for compliance with applicable policies and procedures.

·     Monitors the contractor's performance, and performs contract administration activities, independently reviewing contractor performance through site visits and correspondence for completion of applicable contract clauses.

      Provides closeout support to Project Officers and Accounts Payable in the reconciliation of all contracts during closeout.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position if you possess one of the following:

For GS-11: Experience equivalent to the GS-9 level, that involves: the application of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures in planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining all aspects of the administration of contracts for acquisition of items and services, some of which may have special or unique requirements; 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.

For GS-9: Experience equivalent to the GS-7 level that has involved the application of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures to carry out recurring assignments involving planning, developing, implementing, and/or maintaining administration of contracts for procurement of a variety of supplies or services; reviewing requisitions and recommending use of formal advertising or negotiation; assisting in developing specifications and awarding contracts; monitoring financial and technical capabilities, or the performance, of the contractor.

Qualifying with Education Only

For GS-9: Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.  Graduate education must be in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

 

For GS-11:  Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.   To qualify, graduate education must be in one or a combination of the following fields:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organizational management.

 

Positive Education

 

a) Completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in accounting business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

OR

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. A copy of a college transcript from an appropriately accredited educational institution must be submitted to document completion of this educational requirement. Transcripts must show the number of credit hours earned for courses successfully completed.

AND

b) Completed at least 1 year of experience in a contracting or related position. To qualify at the GS-9 level at least 1 year of experience must have been at or equivalent to GS-7. For GS-11 at least 1 year experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to GS-9,

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


This position has an education requirement. Proof of successful completion of required course work MUST be submitted with your application in order to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements for this position. Without this proof, your application will be rated ineligible. You must provide a copy of your school/college transcripts or a list of course title, credit hours, and grade

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/High Risk) 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.

All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. 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.

If you are 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


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

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 06, 2013 to receive consideration.

Applying Online:

  1. 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.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  4. 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.

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.

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 885229.
  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 06, 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 all six pages of 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you qualifying based on education?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click this link
  4. Are you a current or former Federal employee?  You are encouraged to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current/former grade and step.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Johnny Smith
Phone: (202)646-4075
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Email: JOHNNY.SMITH@FEMA.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
Washington, DC
20024

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-T0200-JMS-885229COR

Control Number:

342761200