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Job Title:  Supervisory Contract Specialist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SAOE2-BGP-14-VO1188176

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$82,642.00 to $110,088.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Albany, NY View Map
Bath, NY View Map
Buffalo, NY View Map
Canandaigua, NY View Map
Syracuse, NY View Map
NCO 2 Only
Public Trust - Background Investigation


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?



Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Position Description Title/PD#:  Supervisory Contract Specialist/PD# 02009-A


Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Not Available


Telework: Available


This recruitment is for one position with the Service Area Office (East), NCO 2.  Duty location to be determined after selection is made.


Supervisory Positions: The selectee will be subject to a one year probationary period if one has not  been previously completed.


Who May Apply: 

  • Current permanent NCO2 employees only.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 days per month


  • No


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-5 through GS-12/13. Some of the staff could be located virtually. Exercises supervisory authorities and responsibilities involving work assignment and review, as well as the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised.  Conduct and administer training programs, develop and improve training guidance; Assign tasks to the team and track from receipt of procurement requests through contract close-out. Adapt analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to the measurement and improvement of program effectiveness and productivity. Advise technical personnel as to inadequate, ambigous, or vague specifications to avoid government liability. Resolve problems of delivery, producation, quality, differing site condition, inspections, and other pertinent matters.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


Time-in-grade: Applicants must also meet time-in-grade requirements.


Basic Requirement:  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, contract, 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.




Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.  Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:  Conduct and administer training programs, develop and improve training guidance;  Assign tasks to the team and track from receipt of procurement requests through contract close-out.  Adapt analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to the measurement and improvement of program effectiveness and productivity. Advise technical personnel as to inadequate, ambigous, or vague specifications to avoid government liability. Resolve problems of delivery, producation, quality, differing site condition, inspections, and other pertinent matters.


There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.


Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

Competency 1– Ability to train, supervise, and select employees.

Competency 2- Ability to analyze and evaluate programs and operations.

Competency 3 - Ability to function as a contract specialist.

Competency 4 - Knowledge of the pre-award process.

Competency 5- Knowledge of the post-award process.


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.  

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work of the position is mostly sedentary and involves everyday risks or discomforts.


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit



Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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You can review our benefits at:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.



The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)  provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Placement Policy:  The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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To apply for this position, you must complete View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) Friday, September 12, 2014 to receive consideration.

1. To begin the process, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



The following documents are required:

  1. Your Résumé (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).

  2. You must submit a copy of your last or most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format; text format will not be accepted). Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
  3. Performance Appraisal - This document is optional for all applicants.

  4. Copy of unofficial transcripts. Must show name of college to determine accreditation.


Use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:  

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax OptionsThe Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1188176.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


Phone: (866)941-6416
Agency Information:
VHA VA Service Center
6100 Oaktree Blvd
Suite 500
Independence, OH


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of ineligible due to missing forms. Request for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

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