This position is located within the Office of Management Services (OMS), Office of the Managing Director (OMD), FMC. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Contract Specialist for the provision of agency-wide contracting and procurement services to the program operations of the Commission.Learn more about this agency
The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 grade level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
- Conducting pre-award and post-award functions involving the agency's standard-to-specialized procurement actions.
- Advising IT and/or technical staff on anticipated procurement requirements and provide assistance to program specialists in the preparation of contractually acceptable specifications, work statements, perform work statements, and quality assurance criteria.
- Reviewing procurement request and attached documents to assure clarity, adequacy, completeness and compliance with established regulations.
- Participating in negotiations of individual contracts to obtain requirements at a fair and reasonable cost.
Evaluating proposals for conformance with the solicitation.
- Conducting conferences with contractors to provide information and clarify standards and special provisions of the contract.
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Conditions of Employment
- A 1-year probationary period is required, unless previously completed.
- This opportunity is also open under a Direct Hire Authority under Announcement 2019-01-DH. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Low Risk Public Trust background investigation.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- For the GS-12 grade level: You must have been at the GS-11 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
- For the GS-13 grade level: You must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
QualificationsYou must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
To qualify at the GS-12 grade level:
1. Have successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, in any field, from an accredited institution of higher education.
2. Have completed at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management.
3. Employed in a GS-1102 position (at any grade GS-05 through GS-12) and have been since January 1, 2000. Note: You must include a copy of your SF-50(s) with your application package to support this response.
Additional Qualification Requirement for the GS-12:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Selecting the appropriate method of procurement;
- Performing market research for acquisition planning; and
- Reviewing specifications and statements of work to ensure they do not restrict competition.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.
4. 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. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, 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.
Additional Qualification Requirements for the GS-13:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Performing the full range of pre-award and/or post-award contract activities;
- Procuring complex or specialized products or services for an agency; and
- Reviewing specifications and statements of work to ensure they do not restrict competition.
- For the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels, it is desirable to have Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting (FAC-C) Level 2 or equivalent certification for this position.
Please refer to the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- We may fill like positions within 12 months of closing the closing date.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
It is your responsibility to ensure your resume states complete information for each job entry. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year (MM/YYYY), and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a "not qualified" determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Technical Competence (Contracting/Procurement)
- Oral Communication
- Problem Solving
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Complete Transcripts (official or unofficial) and 3. Submission of any other required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.).
CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
- SF-50: Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a 1 and your "tenure" block should show a 1 or 2.).
- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
- Performance Appraisal: Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application (i.e upload a supplemental document reflecting this information).
- If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, you must submit documentary evidence, e.g., Reduction-In-Force (RIF) Notice, Certification of Expected Separation, SF-50 documenting separation by RIF, or a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration.
- Displaced District of Columbia Government, Department of Corrections employees will be eligible for priority consideration and competitive appointment (Public Law 105-274). Eligible candidates are not restricted by geographic location or grade level in jobs for which they apply. Documentary evidence is the same as stated above.
- If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.
- Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
If you are applying under a special hiring authority (i.e. Schedule A persons with disabilities authority), submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.
For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript may be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon EST on the announcement's closing date.
- 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.
- Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
- It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
- 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 saved application at a later date, 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.
Agency contact information
800 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20573
You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS My Account tab and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on more information.
Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
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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/523622200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.