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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-EA-952457-DEU

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:

Thursday, October 10, 2013 to Thursday, October 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

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

This position is also being announced at the GS-9/11/12 under announcement number 947332 to status candidates. 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. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit your resume and supporting documents (see How to Apply).
  • Travel and 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. 

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualifications must be met by the Closing Date: You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by Thursday, October 17, 2013.

To qualify for this position at the GS-5 Level, you must meet the Basic Education Requirement only. There is no Specialized Experience requirement. However, to qualify for this position at the GS-07 level, you must meet the Basic Education Requirement AND the Additional Qualification Requirement listed below.

Basic Requirements:

A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.

OR

B. 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.

OR

C. Meet the following exception to the requirements stated in "A" above: Occupied and continue to occupy a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000. (This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met)

AND

Additional Qualification Requirements for GS-7 only:

A) One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-05 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by performing duties such as: 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

B) Successfully completed at least 1 full academic year (18 hours) of graduate education. This education must have been in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

OR

C)  A combination of specialized experience and education as described in A and B above. To compute the formula for qualifying under this combination, first determine the percentage of the specialized experience you possess; then determine the percentage of the education you possess (note: only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours is creditable); then add the two percentages; they must equal to 100 percent to qualify. Submit a copy of your transcripts with your resume if using this option to qualify. 

OR

D) Superior Academic Achievement: Have a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field and meet one of the following requirements for superior academic achievement at the undergraduate level:

1) Class standing - Graduated in the upper third of the class based on completed courses in the college, university or major subdivision.
2) Grade Point Average - 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 scale as recorded on official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of curriculum.
3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. A copy of your transcript is required to documented proof of your GPA, class standing, or election to honor society membership.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

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:

When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience,  transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application  to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

 

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 

 

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

REQUIREMENTS:

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

 

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

 

·          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:

CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. 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. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified.  

 

Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please 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 category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies: 

 

1. Educational Background
2. Work Experience
3. Social Organizations
4. Mathematical Skills
5. Rating        

 

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.

Information for Veterans: Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.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.

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.

 



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 rated in the Well-Qualified category 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/ ).

 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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We strongly encourage you to apply on line; this process is easier, faster and provides more information as applications are processed.  Mailed or emailed applications wil not be accepted.  

 

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 Thursday, October 17, 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

·  Unofficial College Transcripts are required at the time of application to when education is used to meet the basic education requirement and/or when you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education as a substitution for experience.  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 (to verify education), and/or 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: 952457 

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 Thursday, October 17, 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.

 

** Required Documents:

·  Resume

·  Completed Occupational Questionnaire

·  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.  

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:

Elisa Acevedo
Phone: (210)805-3733
Email: ELISA.ACEVEDO@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
999
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-EA-952457-DEU

Control Number:

350962300