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This position is located in Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, Division of Acquisition & Cooperative Support. This organization is responsible for providing comprehensive acquisition and cooperative agreement award leadership; solicitation, negotiation, award and administration of NSF contracts and of complex cooperative agreements for NSF's research facilities, and major centers' programs such as Science Technology Centers (STC's) and Engineering Research Centers (ERC's). The organization is also responsible for overseeing NSF procurement systems, contracts policy, processes and guidance.
Contract specialists at the National Science Foundation are responsible for preaward and postaward functions involving highly specialized procurements of significance to the agency. Requirements typically involve duties such as:
Conducting procurement planning; establishing milestones and schedules for each procurement; Analyzing the draft government estimate developed by program officials to determine realism by applying data from acquisition histories and market research; Reviewing proposed non-competitive procurements to determine validity of source selection; Assuring compliance with regulations for synopsizing requirements; Preparing and issuing solicitation documents using the Uniform Contract format or other appropriate formats; Conducting pre-solicitation and/or pre-proposal conferences; Selecting the methods of financing to incorporate into the contract, to include progress payments, loan guarantees, and advance payments.