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 located in one of the service organizations of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Acquisition Center (NAC) in Hines, Illinois. 

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

Area of Consideration.  To be eligible under Merit Promotion, you must have an eligibility listed below:  

Competitive Merit Promotion:

*Transfer or Reinstatement eligibles: current Federal or former 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. An SF-50 must show appointment in the competitive service.

*Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.

Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:

*ICTAP/CTAP eligibles

*Disabled veterans receiving 30% or more disability compensation from the VA

*Individuals with severe disabilities (eligible for Schedule A appointments)

*Individuals 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 and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria outlined in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement

*Transfer or reinstatement eligibles 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.

*Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA), allows appointments of eligible veterans up to the GS-11 level.   

Note: This position is also being announced at the GS-5/7 under announcement number 947340 to all U.S. citizens. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply under both announcements.         

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 officer, contract negotiator, and contract administrator for high dollar value contracts with a national scope for a vast range of medical supplies and services; high tech, complex equipment and systems; accessories, replacement parts, and services including rentals. Specifically, the Contract Specialist will: 
• Make final determinations relative to price adjustment, derivations from contract terms and conditions, delivery schedules and changes, change orders, and other related contract matters
• Negotiate directly with contract personnel to modify contracts, execute supplemental agreements, and obtain final settlements
• Coordinate throughout the contract administration process with quality assurance personnel, auditors, program personnel, general counsel, inspector general personnel, personnel from contractor firms, and the general public
• Develop realistic and attainable milestones, and monitor progress to assure timely accomplishment of assigned workload
• Serve as contract administrator with a range of responsibilities including cost/price analysis, negotiation, administration, cancellation and termination of contracts

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Travel Required

  • Not Required