NIH Recent Graduates perform duties in one of the Institutes or Centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH Recent Graduates receive on-the-job training for one year and complete at least 40 hours of formal interactive training while in the program. Assignments are aimed at developing the employee's skills and knowledge to progressively perform more difficult duties.Learn more about this agency
- As a NIH Recent Graduate (Contract Specialist), you may:
- Perform specialized contract award and administration work.
- Evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility and performance.
- Apply knowledge of contract administration and termination techniques sufficient to administer and close out contracts.
- Coordinate and conduct negotiations on assigned programs.
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Conditions of Employment
- Position is subject to a background investigation.
- Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal resident.
- Must be a U.S. citizen prior to conversion to competitive appointment.
- Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
- Must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Must have completed within the last 2 years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree, or certificate from a qualifying accredited institution.
- Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
QualificationsIn order to qualify for this position you must meet the following Occupational Requirements:
A. Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.
B. Have 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. Occupied a GS-1102 position 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.
Guidance on Business Related Coursework for the GS-1102 Contracting Series
In addition, in order to qualify at the GS-9 level, you must:
A. Have completed a Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or an LL.B. or J.D. in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
B. Have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: reviewing requisitions for supplies or services to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; evaluating bids or proposals for supplies or services to ensure compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions; or evaluating the prior contract performance of potential suppliers to determine their financial responsibility.
C. Have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10249216
You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Please note that unofficial transcripts attached to the application must reflect that the degree or certificate has been awarded or conferred. The date that the degree was awarded or conferred must meet the program criteria at the time of application. Applicants who have completed their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization and must provide a copy of the evaluation at the time of application. Click here for information on Foreign Education.
All documents must be received at the time of application.
You must have received a degree or certificate from an institution that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify that your degree or certificate is from an accredited institution, please visit http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ and search for your institution.
Applicants must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We do not round the GPA.
This announcement allows acceptance of applications starting July 13, 2018. Due to the high volume of applications we anticipate for the vacancy, this announcement will close at 11:59PM EST on the date that we receive 100 applications or July 17, 2018; whichever comes first. Applications must be received in full at the time of the cut-off to be considered (including supporting documents such as transcripts, DD-214, etc.). Early submission of your application is recommended.
?Recent Graduates and their supervisors must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement which outlines expectations for the internship prior to entrance on duty.
All NIH Pathways Recent Graduates are hired at the Step 1 of the grade in which they are selected.
We are unable to pay relocation expenses.
Applicants must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We do not round the GPA.
While conversion is not guaranteed, Recent Graduates, with U.S. citizenship, may be converted to a career-conditional appointment (a term position lasting 1-4 years or a permanent position) upon successful completion of all program requirements specified by the Pathways Participant Agreement.
Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement across the NIH.
This position is designated as a "non-emergency/teleworker" position and the selected candidate will be considered a "non-emergency/teleworker" employee. In the event of a closure, you must be available to telework or request leave.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed 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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications.
Veteran's Preference does apply. If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package to verify your preference claim and receive preference. These documents may include, but are not limited to: DD-214 member 4 copy (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders. If you are a veteran, click here for additional information and about required documents.
Selections will be made in preference order. All individuals in the highest preference group must be selected before making selections from the next lower preference eligible group. All preference eligibles must be selected before making selections from the non-preference eligible group.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes:Your resume (see How to Apply section for requirements) and cover letter (if you wish to submit one)
Responses to the online questionnaire
Official or unofficial transcript listing your degree awarded/conferred date and your cumulative GPA.
Other supporting documents including:
Veteran documents: DD-214 member 4 copy, SF-15, VA letter, etc.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentationDo not submit any other supplementary documentation that is not requested of you. We will not use this documentation.
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.
To ensure your information is secure, please redact social security numbers and birth dates. Original copies may be requested if you are hired.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.
Must clearly articulate how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the qualifications section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. For each position you must describe your duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities. Your resume must also include the day, month, and year that you began and ended for each position held. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Not providing this information may result in the lowering of your assessment score or an ineligible rating. Do not include a photograph or video of yourself on your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications. For resume writing guidance, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or view their video tutorial.
Your educational documents:
To qualify based on education: You must meet the Basic Requirement above and submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. When uploading transcripts in USAJOBS, please be sure to select "Transcript" on the drop down menu; failure to do so could result in an ineligible rating.
You will NOT be considered under Pathways unless you provide supporting information from your school. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain all relevant information as listed above.
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.A complete Assessment Questionnaire: ( )
Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
For additional information, click on the links below:Additional Information on How to Apply
Information on Reasonable Accommodation.
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Agency contact information
AddressNational Institutes of Health
2115 East Jefferson Street
Rockville, MD 20851
This announcement accepts applications during the open period unless the applicant cut-off (100 applications) is reached. This announcement will close at 11:59PM EST on the day the 100th application is received. Early submission of your application is highly encouraged.
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Within 15 business days of the closing date, your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application. In addition, you may also check your status online at USAJOBS.
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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504955700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.