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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department of the Navy

Agency:Naval Education and Training Command

Job Announcement Number:SE31102-12-1002842M3718213E

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 04, 2013 to Thursday, December 05, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
Norfolk, VA View Map


United States Citizens






The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms. Department of the Navy provides competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and extensive professional development and training. From pipefitters to accountants, scientists to engineers, doctors to nurses-the careers and opportunities to make a difference are endless. Civilian careers-where purpose and patriotism unite!

The Department of the Navy (DON) is more than ships, aircraft, and sailors; it is over 181,000 civilian employees at Navy and Marine Corps commands, bases, stations and facilities throughout the U.S. and around the world. It requires a highly trained, educated and skilled workforce to support today's sophisticated Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, weapon systems and computer systems. Over 41,000 acquisition professionals perform "cradle to grave" management of highly technical systems, equipment, facilities, supplies and services. Individuals will be placed in the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP). The NADP is a structured management-training program including formal education, diverse rotational assignments, extensive on-the-job training, and graduate tuition assistance that is tailored to various acquisition career fields for up to three years. These positions are located throughout the U.S.; however a majority are located within the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, CA, WA, MD, VA, PA, NJ, RI and FL.

THIS IS AN EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCEMENT. The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY 2009 provides that the Secretary of Defense can designate acquisition positions as shortage positions and recruit and appoint highly qualified persons to these positions. This announcement is open to accept resumes from candidates interested in helping the Department of the Navy meet our mission requirements for the acquisition of systems, equipment and facilities.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is dependent upon position description and availability of funding.


  • No


  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance.
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • College transcripts must be submitted as proof of claimed education.


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  • Planning the procurement action to acquire goods, services, or works from an external source.
  • Negotiating contracts for services and supplies.
  • Drafting contract documents (i.e., cure or show cause notices, contract modifications and administrative documents) based on specific detailed information provided by senior contract specialist/supervisor.


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    In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.


    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position has a Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) which will be used to determine minimum qualifications for this position.  Applicants not possessing this Selective Placement Factor will be found ineligible for this position.  The Selective Placement Factor is: Applicants must possess a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on all undergraduate work.  (NOTE: ALL College Transcripts must be submitted as proof of claimed education and grade point average.)

    BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR CONTRACT SPECIALIST: A bachelor's degree or higher (or will complete by June 30, 2014) from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees 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. (This requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree). OR Current DoD employee who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administers contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before 30 Sep 2000, or served on or before 30 Sep 2000 in a position as an employee in the GS-1102 series. OR Current military member who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS-1102 on or before 20 Sep 2000 with the authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold.  (You must be a current member of the armed forces on the date you file this application for this provision to apply.)


    A degree (completed by June 30, 2014) that meets the requirements through one of the following methods, no more than 10% of academic credit can be based on pass/fail or similar non-traditional grading systems.

    ·         2.95 GPA overall or higher in last 2 years (= or less than 10% Pass/Fail

    ·         3.45 GPA or higher in major or last 2 years in major (=or less than 10% Pass/Fail)

    ·         Upper 1/3 ranking in graduating class (you must submit proof with your application.

    ·         National Scholastic Honor Society. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. (You must submit proof with your application) OR

    Experience: One year of professional experience in an appropriate field comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level work or equivalent in the Federal service that equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Contract Specialist. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: monitoring contractor requirements and completing required contractor paperwork. OR Education: One year of graduate education (18 semester hours) in business or related disciplines or Law School (by June 30, 2014). OR  Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants that possess a percentage of the required professional experience and a percentage of the required graduate level of education such that, when the percentages of the required graduate education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100%. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-5 or higher is creditable.)

    Additional qualification information can be found from the following web site:  

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.  

    As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link:View Assessment Questions. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


    Are you using your education to qualify?  For positions requiring positive education requirements , or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements , you must submit a copy of all of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned). See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education. Degree audits are not acceptable. 

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying f or further information, visit:


    *Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.

    *Applicants will be required to sign a mobility agreement upon acceptance of position. Failure to agree to mobility agreement will result in revocation of a position offer.

    *A secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

    *A 40 hour work week is typical for this position.

    *Selectee may be required to travel 1-5 days a month.


    When the application process is complete, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies for this position. 

    You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Additional points are not added for veterans' preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:

    ·    Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed will above the minimum requirements for announced position.

    ·    Highly Qualified- Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position.

    ·    Qualified- Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.

    Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified. 



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    Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.


    *This Position is subject to Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

    *This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    *Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized. Recruitment incentive may or may not be authorized.

    *This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training, and experience. Must obtain DAWIA Level II certification in the assigned career field before program graduation except for those assigned to the Business Cost Estimating (BUS-CE) or Business Financial Management (BUS-FM) career fields.   BUS-CE and BUS-FM Career Field program personnel must complete all required DAWIA Level I and Level II training classes before program graduation and obtain DAWIA Level II certification when the experience requirement is met.

    *This position has promotion potential to the 12 grade. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

    *A 40 hour work week is typical for this position.

    *A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

    *The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

    *Males born after December 31, 1959, will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System.  If you fail to do so, you will be required to certify that you did not knowingly and willfully fail to register.  This requirement must be met before you can be appointed to this position.

    Federal Annuitant Information:

    The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants.   Policy information may be found at:

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible:  

    ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. A well-qualified ICTAP applicant is one whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements; however, the individual would not necessarily be considered highly or best qualified.   For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link:

    Veteran's Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):

    Military Spouse Preference (MSP):

    Veteran's Preference Information:

    30% or More Disabled Veterans:


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    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.   Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
    - Complete Resume.
    - Complete Assessment Questionnaire. 
    View Occupational Questionnaire.

    - Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section and review the applicant checklist link to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit. 

    Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) onThursday, December 05, 2013.  

    If more than one resume is received, only the last resume received and processed will be reviewed.
    If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents.
    Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account: select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  

    If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: .  

    This Vacancy ID is 1002842.

    Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy announcement.   All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.

    ** It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information in their resume and documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible, and accurate.   HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. **


    The documents you are required to submit vary based on what you are claiming (i.e., applying as a veteran or disabled veteran, applying as a military spouse, etc). Please review the following link to see if there are any documents you need to provide: Applicant Checklist-External 


    DON Employment Info Center EIC
    Phone: 8003784559
    TDD: 858-577-5723
    Agency Information:
    39721 Naval Acquisition Career Center
    Naval Support Activity
    Mechanicsburg , PA


    When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement.   You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. 

    If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

    Highly qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

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