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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-RTS2-14-117

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,923.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 21, 2014 to Thursday, March 13, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Boise, ID View Map
FEW vacancies - Grand Coulee, WA View Map
FEW vacancies - Yakima, WA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals.

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-RTS2-14-116 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on your expertise as a Contract Specialist for the Regional Contract Office with various duty station locations at Boise, ID, Grand Coulee, WA, and Yakima, WA.  You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands working for a premier water management agency.

The Pacific Northwest Acquisition and Assistance Group works directly with departmental managers, field personnel, and program managers and is responsible for procuring a variety of materials, equipment, small construction and non-personal services.  This is necessary for the operations, maintenance, and construction activities associated with Reclamation facilities and hydro-power assets and water conveyance systems in the Pacific Northwest Region.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar growth potential! Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance and an excellent retirement package!

Locations - Multiple locations at: Boise, ID, Grand Coulee, WA, & Yakima, WA.   http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html .

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility for the Boise, ID and Yakima, WA duty stations.

Relocation expenses are authorized ONLY for the GRAND COULEE duty station with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision.  First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles.

Additional vacancies may be filled (with proper authorization) from this vacancy announcement.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Initial training at the Boise, Denver, or another Reclamation Office may be required for Regional Acquisition processes and FBMS - electronic financial/contracting system training.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • ONLY FOR THE GRAND COULEE, WA LOCATION. The Boise and Yakima duty locations ARE NOT AUTHORIZED for relocation reimbursement and/or pay expenses.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for Federal employment.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • This position may require a FAC-C, Level 1 Warrant (see Other Information)
  • You must submit transcripts to verify education requirements
  • You will be required to complete Financial Disclosure Form when warranted.

DUTIES:

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- Processes and accomplishes pre-award, award and post-award action for formal and informal simplified acquisition procurement of supplies, equipment, and services, including construction, for the Regional Office and the various regional project offices.

- Regularly purchases, from local or non-local markets, technical items (such as part and components for overhaul and repair of electronic, engineering, drilling, research, Agrimet, and Hydromet equipment) with unique aspects and critical characteristics.

- Reviews requisitions to ensure correctness and clarity, whether through the use of Government specifications, detailed purchase descriptions, or industry terminology.

- Determines appropriate source of procurement.  For example mandatory (FBMS, Fedbizops, Fedbid, GSA Advantage, FPDS) and non-mandatory schedules, or open market.

- Makes final determinations with regard to contractors' compliance with terms and specifications, price revisions, price and delivery adjustments, delays, mutual mistakes, claims, and termination settlements.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements

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

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000.  Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12.  This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12.  However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have specialized experience to qualify at the GS-09 level:

For the GS-09 level, 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07 in Federal service or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.  This experience is typically within this field or a field that is closely related.

Specialized experience for GS-09: Using contracting principles and procedures applicable to pre-award, award, and/or post award actions sufficient to procure and/or administer contracts for a variety of specialized equipment and/or services.  OR

Graduate Education.  To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications.  An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree.  Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official.  Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment.  Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer. 


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1.  Knowledge of federal acquisition regulations.

2.  Ability to compile research data for specifications as well as to ascertain correct procedures and independently determine appropriate acquisition strategy.
 
3.  Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Parts 12, 13, and 15.  (To include cost/price analysis techniques, development of negotiation objectives, negotiate, make best value award decisions and process for award.)

4.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume.  Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position.  Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications.  If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.



If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

Mandatory Conditions of Employment:
This position may require an employee to obtain a Contracting Officer's Warrant and thus will need to complete, at a minimum, the mandatory required training to obtain a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C), Level 1, within 4 years.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 60 days of the date the referral list was issued.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html .

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.  Options for submitting supporting documentation include:
 -- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process
 -- E-mail to tbarton@usbr.gov
 -- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023
 -- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1439, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234   - or –

 -- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources - Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: If selected you will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

Transcripts:  Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Theresa Barton
Phone: 208-378-6541
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tbarton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1439
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you will be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process.  Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-RTS2-14-117

Control Number:

362379100