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    This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Acquisition and Material Management Division, Construction Contracts Branch and serves as a warranted Contract Specialist performing duties in connection with competitive bids, negotiated proposals and contractual agreements involving acquisition and programming of requirements, studies, design, major renovation, restoration, alteration, and repair and improvement to buildings and grounds.

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    The AOC's office of Acquisitions and Material Management Division is seeking an experienced construction contract specialist who will perform a variety of duties involving pre- and post-award functions, reviewing requests for procurement of complex equipment and services, preparing solicitation documents, analyzing proposals, negotiating with potential contractors, performing cost and/or price analysis, administering contracts, preparing position on protests and closing out contracts. The position requires knowledge of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and post-award actions sufficient to award and administer contracts. FAC-C, Level II and/or DAWIA Level II Certification is the minimum requirement, FAC-C, Level III and/or DAWIA Level III Certification must be obtained within 18 months of the hire date as a condition of employment.

    The Contract Specialist will serve as a principal contracting adviser for the Library of Congress Buildings to the Chief, Construction Contracts Branch in the acquisition planning process, and may be assigned to other projects. The Contract Specialist will be responsible for preparation of acquisition plans, solicitation documents, pre-proposal conferences, source selections, proposal evaluation, negotiation and competitive range determination. And will conduct pre-proposal conferences to convey acquisition information to potential bidders; the media and other interested parties.

    Other specific responsibilities include:

    • Serves as contracting officer with a $10 million signatory authority to enter into contracts for acquisition of significant systems or programs.   
    • Plans, develops, and establishes the contractual strategy for the overall acquisition program. Develops pre-negotiation position and determines the type of contracts and negotiation authority to be used together with the justification.
    • Functions as principal during contract negotiations. Coordinates and apply advice from various areas of expertise such as technical departments, legal counsel, audit, and subordinate activities. Personally oversees and guides all negotiation and contract actions. This includes acting as the Chairperson of a cost evaluation team coordinating the efforts of cost analysts. Depending on the complexity and costs, may be acting in the capacity of the Source Selection Authority (SSA) if determined appropriate by the Chief, Construction Branch.
    • Negotiates with senior management personnel of major corporations. Participates as lead negotiator of multi-disciplined Government negotiation teams and directs the analysis of the team evaluations. Determines negotiation strategy to assure attainment of negotiation goals and arrive at an agreement determined to be in the best interests of the Government in both technical and cost areas. Directs debrief of unsuccessful bidders and responds to protests.
    • Must have exceptional oral and written communication skills in order to communicate with large groups and write coherent, compelling memorandums and/or white papers to interface with senior leadership, project executives, technical experts and Library of Congress staff.
    • The Level II certification is required.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

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