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Job Title:Contract Specialist, GS-1102-09/11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1713-NE-NJ-DHA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Monday, May 13, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013




This is a full-time position(s). - The position(s) are permanent.




3 vacancies - Elizabeth City, NC, USView Map


This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens.

These positions may be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA).

All applicants who meet basic qualifications 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.


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.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats

The positions are located at the Aviation Logistics Center, Chief of Contracting Office, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • The positions require some travel.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI)


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

- Responsibility for all aspects of contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award to procure items or services.

- Determines sources to be solicited.

- Reviews complex requests for procurement.

- Performs price/cost analysis.

- Negotiates terms and conditions of contract as well as contract modifications.


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All applicants must meet the following basic education requirement: a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; 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.

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, unless the course work has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.

In addition to the basic education requirements, the following additional experience and/or education is required:

Applicants for the GS-9 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level reviewing contracting or procurement actions to determine that proper specifications/purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; and evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications/purchase descriptions and applicable clauses.


To substitute education for specialized experience, completion of 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.


Applicants for the GS-11 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level independently reviewing requisitions and determining the appropriate method of procurement; using a variety of contract methods and types (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, best value, etc.) to plan and carry out the procurement of products and services; negotiating contract modifications, deviations, or extensions; performing bid analysis to determine bid responsiveness and responsibility; and developing solicitation documents, procurement plans, and final contracts.


To substitute education for specialized experience, completion of 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related.


To qualify on the basis of graduate education, graduate education 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 management.

This position has a positive education requirement. Be sure to include education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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


All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements for this position will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
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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 and select "benefits."


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.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.


Selections made from this Direct-Hire vacancy announcement will be processed as new appointments to the Federal service.  Current federal employees would, therefore, be given a new appointment to the Federal service and may be required to serve a new probationary period.

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.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all
legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not
guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

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.

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 410-636-3980.  Decisions on granting
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


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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 - your resume must indicate clearly and specifically your qualifications  and include specific examples of your ability to execute the major duties outlined in this announcement.
    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to basic qualification questions

    Supporting documents, if requested

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.


Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must provide documentation to support CTAP or ICTAP eligibility at the time of application.


A copy of your transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted with your 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 indicate 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 but must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

The mailing address is: (Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard, Ofc of Civ Pers, CG-1211NE, 2401, Hawkins Point Road, Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4, Baltimore, MD 21226.


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
2401 Hawkins Pt. Rd.
Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4
Attn: Office of Civilian Personnel
Baltimore, MD
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once  your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements.  All basically qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 to 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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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