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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:DAL-OAQ-1086480-DH-TRV

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$52,146.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 07, 2014 to Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Government-wide Direct-Hire Authority for the occupation and is open to All U.S. Citizens.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government. Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world. ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Acquisition Management, Washington, D.C. 

This is a bargaining unit position.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occassional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES:

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As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for the acquisition of equipment and services of significant importance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This includes:

  • Responsibility for solicitation, negotiation, administration, close-out and termination of purchase orders and contracts;
  • Purchasing a wide variety of commodities and services including: furniture, telecommunication equipment, ammunition, surveillance equipment;
  • A variety of service contracts support the agency's mission, including IT support services, financial management services, detention management services, and guard services;
  • Developing, implementing and reviewing contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis and a wide variety of procurement activities;
  • Providing technical advice, guidance and legal interpretation in all areas of contracting.

 

You will be assigned to support a designated contracting section within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Acquisition Management (OAQ). We are seeking competent, experienced and mission focused Contract Specialists for dynamic acquisition assignments in the following areas:

  • Information Technologies Software and Services
  • Information Technology Hardware
  • Mission Support (Commercial supplies and services)
  • Simplified Acquisitions/Contractor Payment
  • Professional Support Services
  • Detainee Compliance and Removal Activities
  • Transportation Services
  • Detention Management Support (Large contracts for detention facilities, health services, furniture and/or support services)


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENT: (Please note: you must submit transcripts that show the list of college courses with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class standing and degree conferred in order to verify that you meet the basic requirements for this position.)

You must meet the following basic requirements in order to qualify for this position:

(A) A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;

OR

(B) At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, laws 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 GS-5 through GS-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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraphs (A) and (B) above, you must also possess the following minimum qualifications:

You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specification or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents;
  • Interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies and procedures relevant to contracting and detention issues to include performance based national detention standards, Services Contract Act and the Davis Bacon Act;
  • Evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses.

You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Planning and carrying out pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis, and other related staff functions in a relatively standardized or controlled work situation using established contracting procedures.

You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Assisting managers in defining their acquisition needs and sources for obtaining them;
  • Developing sources for supplying goods and/or services, identifying specifications, conducting market reviews and preparing analyses of prices/costs of services or products;
  • Performing a wide range of contracting methods and contract types to plan and carry out pre-award and post-award procurement actions.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Substitution of Education for Experience:

GS-9: In lieu of experience you must meet one of the following to qualify for a GS-9 position:

You may substitute successful completion of two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent graduate degree or L.L.B. or J.D. for experience required at the GS-9 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skill necessary to do the work of the position. A course of study in accounting, business, finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management is qualifying. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education.

GS-11:In lieu of experience you must meet one of the following to qualify for a GS-11 position:

You may substitute successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree for the experience required at the GS-11 level.  This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skill necessary to do the work of the position. A course of study in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management is qualifying.  Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate education.

Combining Education and Experience:

Combinations of graduate education and experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-9 and GS-11 grade levels.

GS-12: There is no substitution of education at the GS-12 grade level.

Requirements by Closing Date:  Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Probationary Period:  This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment).  Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Proof of Education: You must submit transcripts that show the list of college courses with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class standing and degree conferred. Prior to appointment an official college transcript may be required. This education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job:

  • Knowledge of commonly used contract types, such as fixed-price, cost reimbursement or indefinite delivery and required clauses to plan and/or carry out procurement;
  • Knowledge of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions sufficient for procurement;
  • Skill in solving practical contract related problems, such as pricing matters, transportation, etc., as they relate to the development of the specifications or delivery of supplies or services. 

Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100. Those applicants who score the highest will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Government-wide Direct-Hire Authority. The "Rule of Three", Category Rating and Veterans Preference does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority please see: http://www.opm.gov/directhire/factsheet.asp. Although the Government-wide Direct Hiring Authority permits hiring without regard to Veterans Preference, applicants eligible for Veterans Preference are still encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214 or other substantiating documents) to their application.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible: If you have never been a Federal employee, you are not eligible to apply under CTAP/ICTAP. This program offers displaced Federal employees priority for jobs within the agency from which they have separated or are separating. For more information, please see: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/.

To be considered under ICTAP/CTAP you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits".

OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the required documentation outlined under the Required Documents section below.

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Please note: If materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. If you do not provide an email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into 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.

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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1086480. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the closing date for further instructions.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Resume showing relevant experience, education, and training. PLEASE NOTE: work experience should include: job title, duties; employer's name, phone number and address; starting and ending dates (MM/YY), hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  2. Your responses to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Transcripts: Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).  Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.  This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Those with foreign education, click this link.

OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, IF APPLICABLE:

  1. Are you a veteran?  If so, submit the Member Copy 4 of your DD214 (Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty) or Certificate of Service.
  2. Are you a displaced federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)? If so, submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Toi R. Vann
Phone: (214)905-5787
Email: TOI.R.VANN@ICE.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
6th Floor
Dallas, TX
75247
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on your USAJOBS account throughout the process. We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Job Announcement Number:

DAL-OAQ-1086480-DH-TRV

Control Number:

365995400