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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Hiring Organization:Service Area Office West-SAOW

Job Announcement Number:SAOW19-14-SMP-1194791-BU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,587.00 to $96,960.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

4 vacancies in the following location:
Glendale, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

ALL STATUS (current/former federal employees, eligible veterans, special hiring authorities)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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?

MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT

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

Position Description Title/PD#:  Contract Specialist/PD#4227-A

Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Available

Telework: Available (New employees will be eligible for telework after 180 days of employment for 1 to 2 days per pay period and at the discretion of the Division Chief). The position is available only in the Glendale, Colorado location.

This recruitment is for four positions with the Network Contracting Office 19-NCO 19. The duty location is 4100 E. Mississippi Avenue, Suite 900, Glendale, CO 80246. 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 days of travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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PD# 4227-A

Assists the requiring activities by serving as a member of acquisition planning teams. Aids requiring activities in performing market research, reviewing specifications, and statements of work, and approving acquisition milestone plans. Responsible for selecting the appropriate method of procurement i.e. simplified acquisition procedures, sealed-bidding, negotiations. Conducts public bid openings, reviews bids and determines responsiveness and responsibility of low bidder in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements when using sealed bidding. Resolves protests, mistakes in bids, late bid situations and coordinates with the Small Business Administration for Certificate of Competencies (COC's). Serves as the Source Selection Authority(SSA) and establishes Technical Evaluation Boards (TEB) to determine acceptability and ranking of technical proposals. Identifies appropriate negotiation team members; formulates pre-negotiation objectives; and facilitates the negotiation as the team leader and chief negotiator. Conducts negotiations for competitive and non-competitive procurements. Conducts cost or price analysis of offerors' proposals. Reviews auditors' reports for adequacy of analysis and conclusions, and considers all information in developing an overall pricing negotiation strategy. Prepares other documentation for award including Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) reports, solicitation and award synopses, Electronic Contract Management System (eCMS) documents, and administrative correspondence. Ensures that the Office of General and Regional Counsel is involved in required contract reviews, terminations, show cause orders, modifications.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 who are current Federal employees or who have held a GS grade anytime in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

Must meet the basic requirement of 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.[Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 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 5 through 12 will be considered to meet 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 specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

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Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Researching and reviewing acquisition guidelines, policies, legislation and regulations. Negotiating sole source contracts and modifications resulting in legal sufficiency. Guiding, assisting, mentoring and training junior-level Contract Specialists. Developing solicitation publication notices. Fully utilizing electronic systems for contract writing (i.e. ECMS), contract management, contract reporting (i.e. FPDS), financial management (i.e. IFCAP),in accordance with Agency policies. 


There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

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

Competency 1 - Knowledge of Federal contracting principles, laws, statutes, Executive Orders, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post award contract actions.

Competency 2 - Skills in planning, negotiations and administering government contracts in support of pre-award stage and post-award stage activities to procure specialized supplies, equipment, and services.


Competency 3 - Knowledge of Windows-based computer software related to procurement databases for solicitation preparation through contract closeout.


Competency 4 - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both within and outside the organization by applying both oral and written communication skills and motivation techniques.


Competency 5 - Ability to solve problems and manage contract workload independently in a fast-paced environment.

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.

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.  

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).


 


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: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 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: The position is primarily of an administrative nature performed in an office setting, however travel to work sites is required and there may be light physical work such as walking over uneven surfaces, or assisting technical personnel in taking measurements or elevations. Occasionally, may be exposed to hazardous working areas/conditions when visiting contractor's facilities or construction sites. Government travel for training, meetings, or customer interactions will be required in this position.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

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. 



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)  provide 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 and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the 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) Tuesday, September 09, 2014 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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. 

 

MAILED/EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  ANY APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED VIA MAIL/EMAIL WILL BE DESTROYED AND NOT RETURNED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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. If you are a current or former Federal employee, 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. To receive consideration as a Veteran you must provide legible copies of your DD-214, member 4 copy or another copy that shows all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or a statement of service signed by the commander or you will be deemed INELIGIBLE.  Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.

  4. Performance Appraisal - This document is optional for all applicants.

  5. Copy of unofficial transcripts.  Must show name of college to determine accreditation.  If qualifying based on degree, or for positions requiring a degree, the transcript must show date the degree was conferred. 

  6. Military Spouses must submit: Marriage Certificate. Copy of the sponsor's permanent change of station orders showing you as an authorized dependent or when the veteran is unemployed and is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable. Statement that spouse preference is requested for this vacancy and has not previously been used to obtain a position in the commuting area.

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 Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is  1194791.

 

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VHA SERVICE CENTER
Phone: (866)941-6416
Email: VSC.VACANCYANNOUNCEMENTS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
SAO West
5342 Dudley Blvd
McClellan Park, CA
95652

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

SAOW19-14-SMP-1194791-BU

Control Number:

379067800