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    This is an open continuous vacancy announcement. Applicants may submit or update their application before the closing date. Applicants will be referred after the first cutoff date, and subsequent referrals will be made at the manager’s request. The announcement may close earlier or at the request of the selecting official or after the job is filled.

    The first cutoff for receipt of applications under this announcement will be 11:59 p.m. EST on August 27, 2020.

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    Responsibilities

    This position will be utilized throughout the Chief Operating Officer service unit. The Office of Contracts and Grants Management applies sound and innovative business strategies and techniques to provide timely, effective, and seamless acquisition and grant support to our clients to enable fulfillment of the Library’s mission.

    As a Contract Specialist at the Library, you will have the opportunity to work with leaders in their fields to understand and help them fulfill their needs through contractual relationships. You will research and provide guidance on complex issues such as contract structure, negotiation strategies, and performance management in support of your clients’ missions. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gain to negotiate meaningful and effective contracts for a broad spectrum of your clients’ needs, applying your knowledge of law and business practices to establish and maintain client confidence and trust. You will support, coach, and lead your team members in the consistent and effective application of integrity, honesty, and tact in all of the dealings within your portfolio. You will learn all aspects of contracting transactions: from working with clients to developing and refining their needs through evaluation, negotiation, and selection of contractors for a dynamic range of supplies and specialized services. You will learn techniques to research market conditions and sources, developing effective strategies to achieve results, and negotiating to obtain the best value solutions for your clients diverse needs. You will hone your skills to effectively manage performance on technically complex contract engagements, including obtaining and monitoring funding levels and expenditures, analyzing contract costs, evaluating firms’ fiscal soundness, production capacity, and methods for quality assurance.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/575309300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.