Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Acquisition, Acquisition Directorate, Washington, DC.

Note:  Currently this position is located at 1900 Half Street, SW, Washington, DC.  In the Fall of 2013, this position will relocate to new facilities being constructed at the historic St. Elizabeth’s west campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington DC 20020.  The historic campus is currently under renovation and will eventually serve as the new DHS Consolidated Headquarters Campus.  Information on this new site can be found on the Coast Guard web page at, and at GSA's web site

NOTE: This announcement is opened with dual cut off-dates.  The cut-off date is a date before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting office for consideration. Therefore, complete applications must be submitted before 11:59 P.M on the cut-off date.  If received after the cut-off date, you will receive consideration for the next cut-off until the actual closing date.   


The incumbent serves as a Contracting Specialist with complete responsibility to plan and execute all contractual actions from acquisition planning through contract closeout for a wide variety of major capital assets, supplies and services. The positions are located in the Office of Contract Operations at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. 
Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include: 

  • Conducting significant and complex USCG acquisitions involving major systems, diverse supplies and/or services.
  • Acting as the business advisor to our operational partners.
  • Representing the Coast Guard to oversight staffs both internal and external to DHS, including Congress, GAO and OMB.
  • Developing acquisition strategies that achieve desired outcomes and provide appropriate incentives to industry.
  • Performing contract administration activities for significant, highly specialized procurements.
  • Conducting extensive and sophisticated cost and price analyses, utilizing a full range of financial techniques.  

Travel Required

  • Not Required