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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Office of Justice Programs

Job Announcement Number:JP-14-030

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,091.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 10, 2014 to Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent - No time limit

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=PIOFF.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • This is a Direct Hire Public Notice.

DUTIES:

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Examines and evaluates the contractor's prospective cost estimates or price proposals to determine the necessity, fairness, and reasonableness of proposed contract costs. Reviews past performance reports and conducts reference checks to determine the financial and technical capability of award candidates for the purpose of assessing risk to the government for the successful attainment of program goals and to determine if the award candidate has an acceptable level of integrity and is financially and technically responsible. Advises and assists program officials in the drafting of proposal analysis reports documenting the technical evaluation process for selecting sources.

Monitors outstanding contracts to ensure satisfactory progress, to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract, and to identify problems that threaten contractor performance.

Negotiates contract modifications and the terms and costs of contract changes.

Performs work related to the termination of contracts for either convenience of the Government or default of the contractor. Negotiates the termination settlement with the contractor, including equitable adjustments, change proposals, costs, profit, and other related matters.

Procures products and services using negotiation techniques. Negotiates with prospective contractors on pricing, performance, technical terms, and other provisions. Prepares written requests for proposal; publicizes requirements; issues solicitation documents; analyzes offers received; prepares negotiation positions; evaluates technical and cost proposals; negotiates cost, fee or profit as well as technical issues; and enters into a formal contract with the offeror.

Performs work involving the analysis, operation, or administration of automated contracting systems.

Performs contracting work using formal advertising procedures. Advertises, solicits, locates sources, and procures a variety of products and/or services. Prepares an invitation for bid, publicizes the requirements for items and services to be procured, issues the solicitation document, reviews the bids for responsiveness to the solicitation, determines financial responsibility and performance capability of the bidders, and awards the contract. Uses a variety of contract types, such as performance based, fixed price, time & materials, labor hours, indefinite delivery, and other transactions to procure items and/or services. Reviews procurement submissions for adequacy and completeness, and resolves any problems prior to initiation of contractual action.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of contract cost and/or price analysis techniques.

Knowledge of contract negotiation techniques and practices.

Knowledge of the rules, policies, and regulations regarding contract administration.

Knowledge of automated contracting and procurement systems.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to provide advice and assistance on contracting/procurement issues and activities.

Ability to plan and execute work.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Grade 11:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.

OR

B. Successful completion of at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

OR

C. EXCEPTION: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the basic requirement 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.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least a GS-9.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in contracting and procurement work, such as: procuring a wide variety products and services; administering terms and conditions of contracts; follow-up with vendors on delivery, invoicing and payment; performing price/cost analysis to determine price reasonableness or similar work. Experience with common contracting procedures and techniques to carry out recurring assignments involving the use of formal advertising and negotiated methods of contracting and contract administration or similar experience which is typically in or related to this position.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-11 level may be met by successful completion of three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education in an accredited college or university, in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

An appropriate combination of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirements.

Grade 12:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.

OR

B. Successful completion of at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

OR

C. EXCEPTION: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the basic requirement 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.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least a GS-11.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in contracting and procurement work, such as: procuring a wide variety products and services; administering terms and conditions of contracts; follow-up with vendors on delivery, invoicing and payment; performing price/cost analysis to determine price reasonableness or similar work. Experience with common contracting procedures and techniques to carry out recurring assignments involving the use of formal advertising and negotiated methods of contracting and contract administration or similar experience which is typically in or related to this position.

Grade 13:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

A. Successful 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 four (4) years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one (1) year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to the 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. Examples of specialized experience include, soliciting, evaluating, negotating and awarding contracts. Procuring products and services using negotation techniques. Negotiating with prospective contractors on pricing, performance techncal terms, and other provisions.

AND

B. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

OR

C. EXCEPTION: Applicants for GS-1102-13 positions will be qualified if they have held a GS-1102-13 position since January 1, 2000.

OR

D. WAIVER: Requirements of paragraphs A and B above may be waived if the agency's senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least a GS-12.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in contracting and procurement work, such as: procuring a wide variety products and services; administering terms and conditions of contracts; follow-up with vendors on delivery, invoicing and payment; performing price/cost analysis to determine price reasonableness or similar work. Experience with common contracting procedures and techniques to carry out recurring assignments involving the use of formal advertising and negotiated methods of contracting and contract administration or similar experience which is typically in or related to this position.


All applicants who qualify based on education or a combination of education and experience are required to submit an unofficial transcript. (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)


This position has an individual occupational / educational requirement. Transcripts must be submitted with your application.

Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.


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 Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.


This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.


Selectees may be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/viewVacancyStatement?referenceCode=PIOFF&statement=BENEFITS

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: OJP offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

Recruitment bonus is not authorized.

Telework: This position is eligible to telework.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Bargaining Unit Status: This position is included in the bargaining unit.



OTHER INFORMATION:

DIRECT HIRE PUBLIC NOTICE: This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Direct Hire Authority (section 1312 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002) allows agencies to appoint candidates directly to occupations for which the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need for certain occupations, grades, and/or geographic locations. Agencies may appoint without regard to Veterans' Preference. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION: ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION should be submitted with your Avue application. If you have difficulty with the application or require assistance attaching documentation, please contact Avue through the 'Live Chat' or by eMail to: JoeAvue@avuetech.com Performs other duties as assigned.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=PIOFF.

If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please email the Avue Help desk at JoeAvue@avuetech.com

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide documentation as outlined in the Required Documents section of this announcement.

The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority as outlined in the Required Documents section of this announcement.

If you are a current Federal employee in a permanent, competitive service position, you must submit documents to confirm your status.
If you are a former Federal employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior federal permanent competitive service, you must submit documents to confirm your eligibility.
- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "Position Occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "Tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
- Submit your most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.
If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action or other official agency documentation showing that.
You must indicate on your on-line application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit an additional SF-50 or other official agency documentation showing this grade in order to receive credit.

If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Joe Pagano
Email: joeavue@avuetech.com
Agency Information:
Department Of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Washington, Dist of Columbia
20531
US

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

How to Apply: The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/xxx/applicant.html. If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. No other form of application will be accepted.
Applicants submitting proof documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application.
Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
Applicants will automatically receive email acknowledgement of receipt of their online application.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the representative listed under Agency Contact Information. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

This is a Direct Hire action. Direct Hire Authority (section 1312 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002) allows agencies to appoint candidates directly to occupations for which the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need for certain occupations, grades, and/or geographic locations. Agencies may appoint without regard to Veterans' Preference.

Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).


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Job Announcement Number:

JP-14-030

Control Number:

363821600