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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Materiel Management

Job Announcement Number:VY-13-MA-930861-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,316.00 to $55,264.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 to Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Hines, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

VA Employees Only

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 National Acquisitions Center, Office of Acquisitions and Logistics in Hines, IL.

More selection(s) may be made from this announcement should the need arise.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  To be eligible under this announcement you must be a current career or career conditional VA employee and have an eligibility listed below.  

Competitive Merit Promotion:

*Transfer eligibles: current VA employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service that hold, or have held a career or career-conditional position at a lower grade level as the position being announced.

Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:

*Current career or career conditional VA employees who are disabled veterans receiving 30% or more disability compensation from the VA

*Current career or career conditional VA employees with severe disabilities (eligible for Schedule A appointments)

*Current career or career conditional VA employees eligible under other non-competitive appointment authorities such as: 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 career or career conditional VA employees in a permanent excepted service position who meet the established criteria outlined in the Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement

*Current career or career conditional VA employees that hold, or have previously held a career or career-conditional position at the same or higher grade level with the same or higher promotion potential as the position being announced.

*Current career or career conditional VA employees eligible under Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) which allows appointments of eligible veterans up to the GS-11 level.    

Note: This position is also being announced at the GS-9/11/12 levels to VA employees under announcement number VY-13-MA-930926-MP.          

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

DUTIES:

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At the full performance level the Contract Specialist in this position will serve as the contract negotiator and administrator for contracts with a national scope for a vast range of products and services. Specifically, the Contract Specialist will:

  • Serve as a contact point to establish specialized contracts and agreements
  • Conduct negotiations for supplemental agreements, adjustments or settlements, and make recommendations to senior level contract specialists
  • Make recommendations relative to price adjustments, deviations from contract terms and conditions, delivery schedules, etc.
  • Administer contracts, including price/cost analysis, cancelling and terminating contracts, verifying licenses, etc.

View Assessment Questions


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be eligible for this position, you must meet one of the Basic Qualification Requirements, and if one of the Additional Qualification Requirements for the grade(s) to which you are applying.

Basic Qualification Requirements (all grade levels):

A. Completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field. NOTE: You must submit copies of college transcripts.

OR

B. Completed 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: You must submit copies of college transcripts.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

Additional Qualification Requirements for GS-07:

A. Completed a course of study with a major in any field and meet the Superior Academic Achievement provisions based on one of the following: (1) class standing (upper third standing in graduating class); (2) grade-point average (2.95 overall or over the last two years of bachelor's degree -or- 3.45 in your major field or over the last two years in your major); or (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. NOTE: You must submit copies of college transcripts.

OR

B. One full year (18 hours) of graduate level study in one of the following fields of study: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management. NOTE: You must submit copies of college transcripts.

OR

C. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal Service that equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of such specialized experience include: procuring supplies or services in support of a local installation or in a centralized procurement activity, reviewing requisition requests to ensure proper specifications or purchase descriptions, evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications, and administering contracts by monitoring progress of contractors and taking action to address any issues..

OR

D. A combination of graduate education and specialized experience that is qualifying for this position. Note: To determine if you qualify by combining experience and education, compute your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the total experience required; then determine your education as a percentage of the total education required. Add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100% to qualify. NOTE: You must submit copies of college transcripts.

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.


Education: Transcripts ARE REQUIRED at the time of application  to verify that you meet the educational requirement of this position.

 

Education must be accredited by an accredited 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 accredited 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 Equivalence with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

REQUIREMENTS:

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

 

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

 

·       Time in Grade (TIG): Current employees must have a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade GS-grade level to be eligible under Merit Promotion. An SF-50 must be provided which shows your current pay plan/series/grade to verify time-in-grade requirements are met. Failure to provide an appropriate SF-50 will result in an ineligible rating.  

 

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

·       Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

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:

  • General knowledge of contracting/procurement methods, procedures, and requirements
  • Ability to use sound judgment to evaluate alternatives and make recommendations
  • Skill in planning, coordinating and monitoring contracting/procurement activities
  • Ability to communicate orally to effectively express ideas and facts to individuals or groups

 

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  Wednesday, August 21, 2013 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

·  SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action is required to verify that the Area of Consideration (current VA employees in career or career conditional positions) and the Time in Grade requirements are met 

·  Unofficial College Transcripts are required when education is used to meet any basic education requirement 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.  

 

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: 930861

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 Wednesday, August 21, 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:

Maria Ahmad
Phone: (210)805-3732
Email: MARIA.AHMAD@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Do Not Use Address
Washington, DC
99999

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:

VY-13-MA-930861-MP

Control Number:

348812300