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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Office of the Secretary

Job Announcement Number:CFM-14-0467-1009704-LH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $137,740.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 to Friday, January 03, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Denver, CO View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map
North Chicago, IL View Map
New Orleans, LA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Sensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1009704

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

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.  Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under these appointment authorities.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • Will be Required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Is Authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Mobility Agreement is Required for Denver, CO and New Orleans, LA

DUTIES:

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The Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all major construction projects greater than $10 million. In addition, CFM acquires real property for use by VA elements through the purchase of land and buildings, as well as long-term lease acquisitions. Through the construction and real property programs, CFM delivers to Veterans, high quality buildings, additions, large scale renovations, and structural enhancements. CFM also manages facility sustainability, seismic corrections, physical security, and historic preservation of VA's facilities.

Major Duties GS-13:

Provide technical guidance on language and legal requirements to meet various needs (i.e. negotiated fees, bids and fixed rate contracts for professional services.

Apply Federal Acquisition Regulations in preparing bids and requests for proposals to ensure full compliance.

Serve as liaison on competitive and bid advertising issues.

Utilize the electronic contract management system to establish Pre-award, award and Post awardd contract actions. 

Review contracts for proper funding allocations and timely payments.

Conduct internal reviews to minimize extraneous costs from late payments and ensure phase completion. 

Conduct contract closeouts.

Major Duties GS-14:

Provide technical guidance on language and legal requirements to meet various needs (i.e. negotiated fees, bids and fixed rate contracts for professional services.

Provides critical oversight of contract administration for several ongoing and complex design and construction contracts. 

Apply Federal Acquisition Regulations in preparing bids and requests for proposals to ensure full compliance. 

Serve as liaison on competitive and bid advertising issues.

Review bids for responsiveness, responsibility of prospective contractors and the sufficiency of contractor bonds

Leads the planning, pre-design, design, pre-bid, pre construction and phasing processes.

Resolves technical conflicts and errors during schematics review. 

Review complex indefinite quantity contracts for proper funding allocations and timely payments.

Conduct internal reviews to minimize extraneous costs from late payments and ensure phase completion. 

Serve as the primary technical advisor on contract closeouts.

Conduct reviews and analyze payments against contract and project documentation. 

Investigates discrepancies and documents findings.

Work schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Time-In-Grade Requirement:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.  The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service.  For this vacancy announcement, applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks at the (GS-12) grade level to be eligible for the (GS-13) grade level, and at least 52 weeks at the (GS-13) grade level to be eligible for the (GS-14) grade level  

 

An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

For the GS-13: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-12 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service. specialized experience is defined as experience managing construction project and service related contract award and termination activities. Examples of Specialized Experience include but are not limited to, overseeing contract and procurement of construction goods and resources; managing analysis efforts to examine commodities/services and the industry sufficient to identify sources of supply, trends, factors affecting procurements and project requirements.

For the GS-14: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience serving as a contract officer with unlimited signatory authority AND experience managing construction contract administration and acquisition planning activities sufficient to develop and implement pre-award and post-award program and functional requirements. Examples of Specialized Experience include, but are not limited to, planning and establishing contractual strategies for comprehensive acquisition programs, specifically pertaining to construction management; managing construction contract negotiation strategies and identifying areas/goods subject to negotiation.

 

Education Requirements for GS-13 and Above

1.    Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years’ experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

                                                                     AND  

2.    A 4-year course of study leading to 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.

3.    Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on 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.

Rating Factor: Experience in contract administration for Federal major construction projects and has a Level II Warrant issued through completion of the Federal Acquisition Certification(must submit a copy of certification).

You will be rated on the following competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. Narrative responses are not required at this time.

Desired KSA: Knowledge of various levels of contracting warrants and required training certification:  FAC-C Certification for a Level II Warrant and experience in contract administration for Federal major construction projects.

Experience managing construction related acquisition activities.

Experience performing negotiation techniques in pre-contract and post construction agreements

Experience managing construction related contract  activities.

Experience serving as an advisor pertaining to construction contract policies.

 

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements: (http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc)

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.   If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

After the vacancy announcement closes, those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position are referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) 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/.

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.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. 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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 03, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online: you will need to click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire.  Then print the 1203FX form to complete and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt n case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using 1009704. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. Résumé 
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Laureen Henderson
Phone: (202)461-0512
Email: LAUREEN.HENDERSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20420
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. 

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Job Announcement Number:

CFM-14-0467-1009704-LH

Control Number:

357259300