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Job Title:Supervisory Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:DOE-14-ORO-MP-4267

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$97,657.00 to $126,949.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to Monday, April 28, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Oak Ridge, TN View Map


  • Current Federal employees with competitive status
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
  • CTAP/ICTAP eligibles
  • Veterans with VOW, VEOA or VRA eligibility
  • Those eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or special appointing authority


L - Atomic Energy




About the Agency

A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Supervisory Contract Specialist ensuring procurement activities within the Oak Ridge Office and/or its cognizant sites are managed in accordance with regulatory and acceptable procurement practices.


  • Occasional Travel
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  • You must be a United States citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test and random testing after appointment
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements


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As Chief, Acquisition Services Branch, you will:

  • Supervise Branch personnel in the conduct of assigned procurement and administrative tasks;
  • Execute contracts, financial assistance instruments, purchase orders and interagency agreements as Contracting Officer for the Department, and approve subcontracts subject to delegated authority;
  • Provide advice and guidance on procurement and contracting processes and procedures, regulations, laws, and good business practices;
  • Serving when designated by higher authority as Chairperson of Source Evaluation Boards and other contractor selection panels;
  • Conducting complex negotiations and preparing complex requests for proposals, evaluation of proposals, and ultimate negotiation for all types of services/requirements; and
  • Directing or conducting independent reviews of proposed contract, financial assistance, and interagency agreement actions generated by contract specialists.


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In addition to the education requirements, you must meet the experience requirements as defined below.

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  This  experience may have been obtained in either the private or public sector.  Specialized experience is defined as 1 year at the GS-13 level or equivalent in the following areas:

  • Experience demonstrating implementation of Federal laws and regulations applicable to Government contracts and subcontracts, financial assistance awards, and general procurement and contracting functions sufficient to be able to direct and coordinate work;
  • Experience demonstrating procurement planning and determining the best method of contracting and utilizing negotiating techniques to lead contract negotiations for complex and/or technical contracts; and
  • Experience providing guidance to others regarding complex contractual issues.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs).  Do not provide a separate narrative written statement.  Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.  Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position.  DO NOT write "see resume" in your application. 

-Knowledge of negotiation techniques to lead and participate in contract negotiations;

-Thorough knowledge of a wide variety of contract types, financial assistance instruments, and interagency agreements;

-Professional knowledge of Government procurement principles and regulations; and

-Ability to represent the organization both orally and in writing.

Selective Placement Factor: Per the OPM qualification standard for 1102 positions at the GS-13 level and above, applicants must have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires applicants to be Level III certified in the DOE Acquisition Career Management Program or equivalent contracting certification program with a Federal agency (such as Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting, or FAC-C) to be eligible for placement into a GS-14 contracting position. 

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP: To be considered "well qualified" for this position, you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.  The definition of "well qualified" is as follows:  Candidates in this category must meet the minimum qualifications of this position and demonstrate proficiency in nearly all requirements of the position.  Candidates may require some training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement. 

We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  If you meet the qualification requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.



This vacancy specifically states certain educational requirements you must meet (also known as a "positive educational requirement"); therefore, you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Selection for this position may require you to disclose information about your financial holdings and/or interests in order to assure no conflicts of interest exist.

The selectee will be required to submit to a full field background investigation prior to reporting for duty.

Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Your Social Security Number (SSN) is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9398 to uniquely identify your records from other applicants who may have the same name.

You will be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.



To qualify for the 1102 series at the GS-14 level, you must meet the following:

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


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.

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. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.

Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the 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. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

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  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • This position is included in the Department of Energy's Acquisition Career Management Program.  The selectee will be required to meet specific certification requirements within a reasonable period of time (typically 18 months) from the date of placement in the position.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration.  To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.
  • This position is excluded fom the bargaining unit represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish.  Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline.  Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.



The following document(s) is required for your application and eligibility. Supplemental documentation MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Failure to submit appropriate documentation or late submittals will result in applicants being rated “Ineligible.” 

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. 
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form (SF) 50. To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show: position title and type, occupational series, grade, and tenure. This is a blank sample SF-50 and should not be submitted with your application!
  • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
  • Performance Appraisals and Incentive Awards: Applicants may submit performance appraisals or incentive award documentation for consideration by the Selecting Official, if desired.
  • Selective Placement Factor: Applicants must submit proof of contracting certification as described in the vacancy announcement.


HR Specialist
Phone: 865-576-9445
Fax: 865-576-6964
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Federal Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 2001
ATTN: AD-442
Oak Ridge, TN
Fax: 865-576-6964


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