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Job Title:  DON Recent Graduate Program (Contract Specialist)
Department:  Department of the Navy
Agency:  Naval Education and Training Command
Job Announcement Number:  SE31102-12-908205M3629366-P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 17, 2013 to Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates
3 vacancies in the following location:
China Lake, CA United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms. Department of the Navy provides competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and extensive professional development and training. From pipefitters to accountants, scientists to engineers, doctors to nurses-the careers and opportunities to make a difference are endless. Civilian careers-where purpose and patriotism unite!

The area of consideration is limited to applicants within the local commuting area of China Lake, CA.

The Department of the Navy (DON) is more than ships, aircraft, and sailors; it is over 181,000 civilian employees at Navy and Marine Corps commands, bases, stations and facilities throughout the U.S. and around the world. It requires a highly trained, educated and skilled workforce to support today's sophisticated Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, weapon systems and computer systems. Over 41,000 acquisition professionals perform "cradle to grave" management of highly technical systems, equipment, facilities, supplies and services. Individuals will be placed in the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP).  The NADP is a structured management-training program including formal education, diverse rotational assignments, extensive on-the-job training, and graduate tuition assistance that is tailored to various acquisition career fields for up to three years. These positions are located throughout the U.S.; however a majority are located within the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, CA, WA, MD, VA, PA, NJ, RI and FL.


  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • You must obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Meet Recent Graduate Requirements (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Other Information below.


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  • Interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to specific issues.
  • Searching for and extracting information from files, documents, reports, publications, recordings, or other materials.
  • Making technical presentations to an audience for the purpose of disseminating information/research findings.


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      BASIC REQUIREMENT: Successful completion (by August 30, 2013) of a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees 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.

      RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.  Graduates that have completed education requirements for a qualifying program on or after December 27, 2010 and are no longer within the two year time frame.  (This option is only valid until July 9, 2014.) As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.   To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions.


      • Orientation program.
      • Mentorship throughout the Program.
      • Individual Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities.
      •  At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program.
      • Positions may offer opportunity for career advancement.

      AFTER PROGRAM COMPLETION: Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).

      To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:

      • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
      • Demonstrated successful job performance.
      • Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

      PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.   You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site: .


      For the GS-07

      Education: A degree that meets the requirements through one of the following methods, no more than 10% of academic credit can be based on pass/fail or similar non-traditional grading systems.

      • 2.95 GPA overall or higher in last 2 years (= or less than 10% Pass/Fail)
    • 3.45 GPA or higher in major or last 2 years in major (= or less than 10% Pass/Fail)
    • Upper 1/3 ranking in graduating class (you must submit proof with your application
    • National Scholastic Honor Society. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. (You must submit proof with your application)
    • OR One year of graduate education (18 semester hours) in a related field (completed by August 30, 2013).OR

      Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the federal service performing duties such as: Monitoring contractor requirements; and Completing required contractor paperwork.OR

      Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants that possess a percentage of the required professional experience and a percentage of the required graduate level of education such that, when the percentages of the required graduate education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100%. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-5 or higher is creditable.)

      NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. You may submit your transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned, through the "Application Manager" system or by fax. This is the only method in which transcripts can be submitted. Failure to provide this information may result in an ineligible rating. (Faxing instructions may be found under the "How to Apply" section.)

      Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, please visit:

      • Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program. 
      • A secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.
      • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a trial period.
      • Applicants will be required to sign a mobility agreement upon acceptance of position. Failure to agree to mobility agreement will result in revocation of a position offer.
      • A 40 hour work week is typical for this position.
      • This position has promotion potential to the 12 grade. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management.  Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
      • This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training and experience. Applicants should meet the DAWIA certification requirements for the applicable career field and be certified at Level 1 within 12 months of appointment and Level 2 within 24-36 months of appointment.


      You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position based on the information provided in your resume, responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and your supporting documentation, to determine your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies of the position.  NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application package, or that your resume or application package is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


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      Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.


      May be noncompetitively converted to a term or permanent competitive sevice position. 

      Must be a United States citizen to be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service.

      This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized. Recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized.

      A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

      Males born after December 31, 1959 will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System. If you fail to do so, you will be required to certify that you did not knowingly and willfully fail to register. This requirement must be met before you can be appointed to this position.

      The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .

      Federal Annuitant Information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: Veteran's Preference Information: Military Spouse Preference (MSP):


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      To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
      - Complete Resume.
      - Complete Assessment Questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire.

      - Transcripts

      - Veterans’ Preference Documents

      - Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section and print out the applicant checklist.  The applicant checklist will assist you in determining what documents you need submit.  

      Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.  Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested. If more than one resume is received, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed. If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents. Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account: select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: This Vacancy ID is 908205.

      ** It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all information in their resume and documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible, and accurate.  HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. **


      The documents you are required to submit vary for each individual. We recommend that you print a copy of this application checklist for reference while completing your application package . The link to the applicant checklist below will assist you in determining which documents you need to submit for this vacancy:  Applicant Checklist-External  Please read and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Missing application information will not be requested. Failure to submit a complete application package (Current resume, assessment questionnaire and applicable required documents, as noted in applicant checklist) may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  


      DON Employment Info Center EIC
      Phone: (800)378-4559
      TDD: 858-577-5723
      Email: DONEIC@NAVY.MIL
      Agency Information:
      48926 Naval Acquisition Career Center
      Naval Support Activity
      Mechanicsburg, PA


      When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. 

      All qualified applicants will be referred to management for selection consideration in Veterans' Preference order, followed by all qualified non-veteran applications. If there are a sufficient number of qualified applicants with veterans' preference, only those veterans will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at:

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