You need a degree as described below to qualify for this position. In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of experience related to this position as described below: GS-12: Experience that demonstrates the knowledge of contracts management and contracts administration; and experience identifying appropriate contract mechanisms, preparing pre-award procurement documents, and post-award contract monitoring assistance. GS-13: Experience that demonstrates a mastery of contracts management and contracts administration; and experience managing contracts, preparing pre-award procurement documents, applying quality assurance systems, and evaluating contractor performance. Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: --Mastery of the principles, theories, practices and contracting methods to serve as an authority in extending existing contracting approaches and applying new developments to investigate critical problems in the contracting area; --Ability to conduct negotiations and to meet and deal with high level business industry, scientific, and/or governmental officials. --Ability to gather, analyze, interpret and evaluate a variety of information.
GS-12 and below: You must have a bachelor’s degree in any field or 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. Specialized experience may include activities such as: Providing advice on contracting/procurement policies and procedures; performing cost and price analyses using previous price history, commercial price lists, market prices, or technical catalogs to assure reasonable prices; conducting market research to identify potential suppliers and assure adequate competition; evaluating responsiveness of bids and responsibility of the bidders; negotiating the amount, terms, and conditions of contracts; tracking expenditures and monitoring performance; and monitoring compliance with contract requirements. GS-13 and above levels: You must have (1) 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; (2) completed all mandatory training prescribed by the agency for progression to GS-12 (or equivalent) or higher level contracting positions; and (3) at least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions, at least one year of which must have been specialized experience as described above. Specialized experience may include activities such as: utilizing a variety of contract types and contracting methods to procure items and/or services; writing and publicizing documents announcing the government’s contracting opportunities to industry, and conducting discussions and conferences; determining a supplier’s responsibility and capability; negotiating the contract amount, terms and conditions; awarding contracts; monitoring and evaluating suppliers’ performance, financial management, and compliance, and taking corrective action as necessary; negotiating terms and costs of contract changes; and performing work related to the termination of contracts.
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter. This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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