Qualification requirements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1100/contracting-series-1102/
This position has a an individual occupational/educational requirement. Transcripts must be submitted.
Applicants must meet the education, training and experience requirements listed in paragraphs A, B, and C below to qualify for this Public Notice.
A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the Department of Commerce for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions or equivalent, including at least 4-years of 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. For further information concerning required mandatory training visit: http://www.osec.doc.gov/oam/acquistion_management/policy/commerce_acquisition_manual_cam/documents/CAM-1301-6-ContractingCertificationWarrantProgram.pdf
B. 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.
C. In addition to the mandatory training prescribe by Department of Commerce that is sufficient to obtain a Level-III Certificate, applicants must also have:
80 hours of Continuous Learning Points every two years. For guidance on meeting this requirement visit the following website: http://www.osec.doc.gov/oam/acquistion_management/policy/commerce_acquisition_manual_cam/documents/CAM-1301-6-ContractingCertificationWarrantProgram.pdfClick on Appendix E – Guidance on Meeting Continuous Learning Points.
Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 at grades 13 and above are 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. This exception does not apply if there was a break in service after January 1, 2001.
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. 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. Waivers will only be granted in rare and unusual circumstances such as when there are no qualified candidates readily available.
To qualify at the GS 13 Level:
In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-12). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies / knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
Specialized experience at this grade is defined as:
- Experience in performing the full range of pre-award and/or post-award activities utilizing various types of contracts such as fixed price, various cost types, requirements, performance based and multiple award schedules. AND
- Experience procuring a variety of complex or specialized products and/or services. AND
- Experience conducting reviews of contracts or contracting actions. AND
- Experience making recommendations or plan improvements to an organization's procurement program.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Veteran’s Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as a new appointment to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service and require a new probationary period. Please do not provide written responses to the KSA's listed below.
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- Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and related acquisition regulatory and statutory guidance.
- Knowledge of the marketplace and sources for the acquisition in order to advise on appropriate acquisition strategy and roles.
- Ability to define requirements, advise on evaluation criteria, and identify performance metrics (where appropriate).
- Skill in selecting the most appropriate pricing arrangement, performing solicitation and negotiation activities and creating the award document.
- Skill in conducting post-award orientation, enforcing contractor compliance, modifying, terminating and performing contract close-out.