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Job Title:  Contract Specialist-DH-NIEHS
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NIEHS-DH-14-1154156

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$71,616.00 to $93,098.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Monday, July 7, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC View Map
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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

If you are an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable and motivated individual, with contract award and administration, negotiation, and procurement experience AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Office of Management (OM), Office of Acquisitions (OA).

This position is a R&D contracting position but may provide backup in Simplified Acquisitions and Station Support.


  • Occasional Travel
  • For training


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Transcripts must be submitted with application.


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If selected for this position, you will:

  • Perform specialized and complex contract award and contract administration work;
  • Serve as a Contract Specialist (CS) with authority for acquisition planning, preparation of price/cost analyses, formulation of negotiation strategies, and negotiation for complex R&D contracts
  • Serve as a backup contract specialist in Simplified Acquisitions and Station Support contracts;
  • Ensure that acquisitions are processed consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and other appropriate regulations;
  • Perform procurement planning to develop objectives for competition and price range;
  • Conduct policy research, analysis, interpretation and/or review of contract actions for compliance with applicable policies and procedures.


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Minimum education requirement for this position:

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.

Exception: Employees in GS-1102-12 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 9 through 12 will be considered to have met 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 qualifying experience requirements when seeking another position.


Additional Requirement:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: serving as Contract Specialist responsible for all aspects of the contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award for the: (1) central procurement of commodities or services for several activities in a geographic area, or for an agency, a department or departments; or (2) procurement of a variety of supplies, services, or construction in support of an installation or activity; reviewing requisitions and determining appropriate methods of procurement; developing procurement plans by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages; compiling bidders' list from qualified bidders' applications, knowledge of suppliers, contacts with trade associations, Small Business Administration, or other sources; preparing and issuing solicitation documents; performing detailed analysis of bids or proposals received; administering a variety of contracts with various and complex terms; conducting conferences with contractors to clarify issues on contractual requirements; monitoring contractor performance; providing guidance to contractor concerning obligations to perform within contractual terms; reviewing, analyzing, and recommending action on problem situations; and/or negotiating changes to contracts.


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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copyof your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hourscompleted and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in theapplication package. Official transcripts will be required from all selecteesprior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently orwere previously in this occupation series you do not need to submittranscripts.  Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines.  Veteran's Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this bulletin will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.


If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)



  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.) 


For additional information, click on the links below:


Additional Information on How to Apply


Information on Reasonable Accommodation


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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, July 07, 2014.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (CTAP/ICTAP, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.


Nancy Delgais
Phone: (919)541-3377
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
111 TW Alexander Drive
PO Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Monday, July 07, 2014, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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