Job Overview


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. 


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 employeeswho 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.


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.

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