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Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Contract Specialist/ PD# 44151A
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Eligible
Telework: Eligible - Ad Hoc basis until proficiency of TAC processes/procedures are mastered.
Virtual Position: Not Eligible.
This recruitment is for Multiple positions with the Office of Procurement, Acquisition, and Logistics - Technology Acquisition Center located at 1701 Directors Blvd., Austin, TX 78744 and 23 Christopher Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724.
Contract Specialist / PD# 44151A
Serves as a Contract Specialist and is fully accountable and responsible for originating and developing acquisition strategies, selecting appropriate contracting approaches, pre-award function, award of contracts, and contract administration functions for quite often complex, enterprise-wide contracts for Information Technology (IT) supplies and services in support of VA and the Veterans we are here to serve. Serves as a primary contact point to Directors of supported national programs on contracting matters. Responsible for the full range of pre-award and post-award functions in contracting, including negotiation, award, cost analysis, an administration functions for market wide contracts or complex/master contracts for supplies, services, related to the acquisitions in support of VA and Technology Acquisition Center activities. Plans, develops, and issues solicitations for contracting requirements including such services as consolidated contracts, complex, unique, specified program requirements, environmentally sensitives services, those which lack historically precedents, and those that require unusual and innovative approaches. Recommends the appropriate method of procurement i.e. simplified acquisition procedures and negotiations. Utilizes electronic systems for contract, contract management, contract reporting, fiscal management, Accounting, and Procurement, in accordance with Agency policies.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/suitability investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
May serve a probationary period
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is generally sedentary with no special physical demands. Incumbent may be subject to stress due to changed requirements, short deadlines, limited information, and uncontrollable workload peaks.
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.
Note - Applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in the paragraph above.
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.
NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.
Specialized Experience for the grade of GS-12 (52 Weeks at GS-11)
Negotiate with vendors to acquire products or services or to address technical requirements, cost/pricing, or other terms and conditions. Reviewing statements of work to ensure they adequately describe requirements Review vendor submissions to determine acceptability and compliance with solicitation requirements. Interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to address acquisition issues. Educate and guide customers through their procurement process to ensure they understand how their needs will be met. Recommend the appropriate contract type or contract method for the product or service being procured. Establishing and monitoring acquisition milestones to ensure progress toward award. Serving as contract administrator on awarded contracts. Negotiates the pre-award, award and post-award phases of contracts to procure a variety of sophisticated information technology systems, equipment, components, supplies and services at any stage of development from research to full production for the VA. Determines and recommends the most appropriate method of procurement, and documents file accordingly. Writes and staffs various documents such as procurement plans, justifications, determinations and findings, and other supporting documents for approval at higher levels as required for procurements.
Preferred: Incumbent must meet all the eligibility requirements to receive and maintain a Level III FAC-C certification.
No Education Equivalency at 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 www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Preferred Requirements: FAC link: : www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c
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 websites: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.
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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
Competency 1 - Contracting/Procurement
Competency 2 - Acquisition Strategy
Competency 3 - Oral Communication
Competency 4 - Written Communication
Competency 5 - Contract Administration
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.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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 applicant
5. 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.
6. 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. If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE:
Transcripts should state degree conferred, and have a date.
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. If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE: Transcripts should state degree conferred, and have a date.
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
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
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/07/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10569661.
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.
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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.
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
VHA SERVICE CENTER
AddressTechnology Acquisition Center
23 Christopher Way
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued, and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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