Contract specialist

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
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The mission of the United States Air Force is to _fly, fight_ and _win_...in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of _Global Vigilance, Reach and Power_. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- _integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do_.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel Systems (DCIPS) position implemented under Section 504, Title V of Public Law 99-569, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1987, as codified in Sec 1601, Chap 83 of Title 10 United States Code which sets forth Air Force policies and procedures for DCIPS. This position is in the Excepted Service.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, clickhere.

U.S. Citizenship Required PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance This posn may be subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Prog Travel and relocation expenses will be paid Incumbent must obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance Incumbent is subject to initial and periodic drug testing Incumbent may be subject to Polygraph examinations
This is a GG-14 position in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). The GG-14 duties for the "Professional" work category are at the "Senior" work level and are equivalent to those at the GS-14 level. The selectee's salary will be set within the grade equivalent to a GS/GG grade based on the selectee's qualifications in relation to the job.
Salary Ranges shown do not include local market supplement
The organizational location of this position is: AFELM OF SP/TECH SP CHANTILLY, VA
The primary purpose of this position is servingas Lead Negotiator/Contracting Officer on the Government Negotiation Team responsible for pre-award and post-award acquisition functions involving highly specialized procurements critical to the national security and defense of the United States.
Negotiation: Serves as the Lead Negotiator of an assigned Government Negotiation Team responsible for substantive and significant mission critical program; i.e., a high dollar acquisition that involved multiple complex dimensions requiring the assignment of multiple senior contracting officers and/or technical specialists.
Acquisition Planning: In consultation with and in an advisory capacity to a program manager, develops procurement objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range.
Documentation and Contract Definitization: Determines the adequacy of acquisition documentation and prepares contractual instruments in compliance with FAR and office' policy or procedures, as appropriate for specialized and complex supplies, services, equipment, systems or research and development contracts in support of substantive and significant mission critical programs.
Contract Administration: In coordination with team members and program technical officers monitors contractor performance throughout the period of performance, to include cost, technical performance, scope and administrative changes, Government Furnished Property or Equipment (GFP/E), patent/royalties, overtime, and payments of specialized and complex supplies, services, equipment, systems or research and development contracts in support of substantive and significant mission critical programs.
NOTE Applicants must meet the basic requirements as defined in10 USC 1724 (a)(3) and (c) and as stated in this announcement.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND at least 24 hours in business-related courses in any of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (This requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree). NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. OR Be a current member of the Armed Forces (not retired or separated) OR a current DOD employee that meets the following requirements: 1) served as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold on or before 30 September 2000; 2) served, on or before 30 September 2000, in a position as either an employee in the GS-1102 series or as a member of the Armed Forces in a similar occupation specialty; OR, (3) is in the contingency contracting force.
DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.
Your resume must reflect two years of experience in a contracting position. Your resume must reflect specialized experience at the next lower qualifying pay band or equivalent pay system in one or more of the following: (1) soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding contracts; (2) administering contracts by assuring compliance with the terms and conditions; (3) terminating contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals; (4) analyzing and evaluating cost/price proposals and accounting systems; (5) planning, establishing, or reviewing contracts, programs, policies, or procedures; (6) formulating and administering policies and procedures to insure achievement of socioeconomic goals; (7) developing acquisition strategies and directing or managing procurements; and/or (8) providing functional staff advisory services within the contracting occupation. Duties may have included awarding of contracts within delegated contracting authority. Extensive judgment and originality in structuring the contract; decisions are accepted as authoritative and serve as the basis for committing the agency or activity. Results of the work are normally accepted without change. Uses ingenuity and originality in interpreting, applying, and deviating from established procedures or techniques for the purpose of establishing negotiation strategies or positions, and for reaching settlement agreements. Provides advice and guidance on contracting matters to project managers and contracting officers. The work affects numerous subordinates in improving responsiveness to customer requirements and insuring that mission responsibilities are met and maintained.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Mastery and demonstrated knowledge of contract negotiation strategies and techniques to negotiate and administer contracts where contracting actions are not well defined and usually unprecedented in order to achieve the Government's objectives in both competitive and sole source acquisitions with high-level scientific, industry, business and/or Government officials. Demonstrated capability to manage and coordinate activities sufficient to execute a variety of acquisition and contracting activities or actions occurring concurrently, in an overlapping fashion, or sequentially. Controls several simultaneous interrelated programs, activities and contracts with different contractors.Knowledge of directly applicable statutory provisions, regulations, and procedures to be able to perform acquisition initiatives for unique requirements.
2. Comprehensive knowledge of and familiarity with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and associated federal laws, regulations and procedures applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of complex or unique space-based and/or ground equipment (hardware and software) and/or Contractor Advisory and Assistance Services (CAAS) or Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) services contracts.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of acquisition planning, commercial business practices, market conditions and technical requirements applicable to a program to assist customers in developing requirements, to evaluate id responsiveness, contractor responsibility, and contractor performance; and implement a plan to procure a system or multi-year program involving successive stages; i.e., knowledge of the regulations and techniques to conduct competitive source selections.
3. Comprehensive knowledge of contract price analysis/cost analysis techniques to analyze and evaluate complex proposals, including complicated teaming and subcontractor arrangements, for bid responsiveness, contractor(s) responsibility, and contractor(s) performance for firm fixed-price and/or cost reimbursement contracts, when historical pricing data and precedents may not be applicable or available in order to prepare a pre-negotiation position. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of program management, to include research, analytical and program development, and evaluation techniques to coordinate, liaise, and make valid recommendation on new and continuing acquisition reforms and initiatives.
4. Possesses analytical skills sufficient to evaluate audit reports, regulations and other relevant material as a basis for developing and implementing departmental guides or procedures. Knowledge and skill sufficient to conduct management reviews on all aspects of procurement functions, and to provide guidance to contractors; knowledge and skill sufficient to evaluate procurement contracts for compliance with federal agency or command procurement policies and regulations, general business practices, operations, and structures, the procurement process and regulations, and systems, goods, and services being acquired.
5. Comprehensive knowledge of formal advertising procedures in order to solicit bids to procure a variety of requirements ranging from standard to specialized complex state-of-the-art space base, and/or ground electronic guidance command and control systems, radar systems, switching or transmission equipment for nationwide communication networks, technologically advanced space and ground reconnaissance vehicles, aeronautical equipment, telemetry system(s) for spacecraft, or extensive Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Information Technology (IT) equipment and systems. Comprehensive knowledge of and ability to interpret and explain applicable regulations, guidance, policies, and procedures concerning a wide variety of issues, initiatives, and topics that operationally support the mission of the organization. Incumbent possesses knowledge and skill to perform acquisition functions within strict security constraints and special circumstances. Must be able to understand and implement security, and assure that contractual activities do not compromise the program. Incumbent possesses knowledge of contract administrative and termination techniques to insure compliance with the terms and conditions of a contract.
6. Skill in arithmetic pricing practices, mathematics and spreadsheet formulas commonly used in a business environment in order to make the necessary calculations to develop acquisition strategies, compare prices on recurring types of procurement or to perform basic price and/or cost analysis of complex incentive arrangements. Incumbent has the ability to think and analyze strategically, critically and corporately. Incumbent has ability to work independently and also effectively as part of a team. Demonstrated oral/briefing and written communication skills in order to explain and defend decisions to program officials, contracting personnel, contractors, or higher level reviewing officials and to prepare procurement memoranda, draft contract provisions and supporting documentation.
_PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE_ : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
_VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:_ Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) andother organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteerexperience.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You _MUST_ provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. __
1. This position is designated critical-sensitive and requires that the incumbent possess a Top Secret (TS) clearance with a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and must be willing to submit to counterintelligence scope polygraph testing. Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
2. This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions presents a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety. It is required that you (a) refrain from the use of illegal drugs and (b) if requested, submit to urinalysis testing.
1. Frequent travel by commercial airline is required to accomplish responsibilities and attend meetings/conferences.
2. Irregular hours and overtime may be occasionally required.
3. On occasion, the incumbent may conduct intensive negotiations for extended periods of time - i.e. eight hours or longer, sometimes without break periods, and occasionally late into the evening. Conducting intensive negotiations for prolonged periods and the travel associated with it require above average resistance to fatigue.
4. The incumbent is required to file an initial OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report) upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
5. This is a Critical Acquisition Position. Unless specifically waived by the appropriate Component official, (i.e., the Director of Acquisition Career Management for the Component, the Service Acquisition Executive, or the Service Secretary) or if the Employee is "grandfathered" under 10 U.S.C. 1736 (1), the following statutorily mandated requirements (Reference: 10 U.S.C. 1733 and 1737): (1) Selectee must be a member of an Acquisition Corps at the time of appointment. (2) Selectee must execute, as a condition of employment, a written agreement to remain in Federal service in this position for at least three years. In signing such an agreement, the employee does not forfeit any employment rights, nor does such agreement alter any other conditions of employment.
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Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent". It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onThursday, August 14, 2014
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, clickhere for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is1184352. Fax your documents to . All support documents should be uploaded to your USAJOBS account and included with your application package. Faxing documents should be used as a last resort; do not fax duplicate documents
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please note: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one. When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately.Clickhere for the OPM Form 1203-FX
3. Fax all required documents to . Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clickinghere. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.
Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.
The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement.
Online Application (Questionnaire)
Resume - If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hour per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
DD214 or "Certification" of service
SF-15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, if applicable
Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating ,if applicable
If selected, you will be required to submit the following documents to substantiate your eligibility and/or qualifications. A list of required documents for all eligibilities may be located here:
Eligibility Documentation, SF50, Proof of Disability, Certification of Job Readiness, etc.
Transcripts, if qualifying based on education or positive education series.
Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.
If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program . In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.
Direct Deposit : All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible clickhere. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80or above on the rating criteria for this position.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants) : Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Clickhere for more information.
Incentives : Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.
Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.
Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.
90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

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