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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:MP-2013-891795-PN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $137,740.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location(s):
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 891795

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

“As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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//

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. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Time-in-grade
  • Travel 25%
  • Mobility agreement may be required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as Contract Specialist within the Construction & Facilities Management (CFM), Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The contracting activities involve construction, architect-engineer services of many types, construction management environmental studies, utility connections, and other services that may be included in contracting officer warrants.

 

Major Duties GS-13:

The duties listed below are at the full performance grade level (GS-13):

Provides critical oversight of contract administration for several ongoing and complex design and construction contracts.

Provides technical review and coordination for formal solicitations for bids, contractual language for contracts, and clearance procedures.

Oversees payments for completed phases of multi-year contracts to assure the established timelines are met to prevent additional costs to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to assure that service needs are met prior to payment.

Studies internal operating procedures and makes recommendations to readjust procedures to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in the overall process.

 

Major Duties GS-14:

The duties listed below are at the full performance grade level (GS-14):

• Leads planning, predesign, design, prebid, preconstruction and phasing.

• Defines program and functional requirements; advises on design criteria and specifications.

• Oversees the design, phasing, bidding and award procedures.

• Evaluates and implements contract changes; settles contractual disputes and claims; and technically supports contract litigation in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel and the Department of Justice.

• Provides consulting and advisory services to other VA facilities and staff officials on contracting issues.

 

Work Schedule: 1st Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#:  Contract Specialist/PD#
35042A 


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to  http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.

 

More than one selection MAY be made from each location.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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ITo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, July 09, 2013.

 

Time-in-grade:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

 

Minimum Qualifications GS-13:

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. TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - Failure to submit a copy of your transcript may result in your application not being processed.

AND

At least four years experience in contracting or related positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of this position, or GS-12 level, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of this position.

Specialized Experience:

“Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

• Awarding and terminating long term construction and service contracts.
 
• Performing analysis of all elements of cost; making competitive range determinations.

• Determining negotiation strategy and conducting contract negotiations.

• Meeting with contractors to discuss contractual interpretations, problem areas, and progress.

• Preparing responses to procurement related inquiries.

• Analyzing, developing, and managing contract policies and procedures.

 A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.

 

Minimum Qualifications GS-14:

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. TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - Failure to submit a copy of your transcript may result in your application not being processed.

AND

At least four years experience in contracting or related positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of this position, or GS-13 level, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of this position.

Specialized Experience:

“Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-13) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.  Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 

• Advanced principles of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and VA Acquisition Regulations (VAAR).

• Serves as the Contracting Specialist with unlimited signatory authority.

• Reviewing all phases of project execution to include oversight of project development through competitive bidding process and small business administration (SBA) negotiations and ensures timely, appropriate and accurate follow-up action.

• Directs and oversees all contract changes and those activities involved in the resolution of contract changes.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-14 level.

 

Quality Ranking Factor – FAC – C Level III Certification

Best Qualified applicants will possess a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting or Defense Acquisition Workplace Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certification. (MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF CERTIFICATION)

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position requires that you have knowledge of construction for large scale health care facilities. Applicants who fail to meet the selective placement factor are ineligible for further consideration.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

   Quality Ranking Factor - FAC-C Level III

   Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations, processes, procedures and policies applicable for federal design and construction and contract modifications.

   Ability to negotiate in the development of pre-negotiation strategies and post-award negotiations.

   Skill in the successful resolution of variety contractual issues to include contract changes, disputes and claims.

   Knowledge of compose written correspondence applying knowledge of contract procedures and contract close out requirements as well as correspondence policies and procedures.

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.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

 

Applicant's Please Note:

Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.


Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: 

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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.



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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave :  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  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."

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

“More than one selection MAY be made from each location”



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

 

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
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to receive consideration.

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.
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 supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

 

Please 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.

 

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 891795.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. 
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 Tuesday, July 09, 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 (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Patricia Nelson
Phone: (202)461-0521
Email: PATRICIA.NELSON6@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20420
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. 


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Job Announcement Number:

MP-2013-891795-PN

Control Number:

345831500