CONTRACT SPECIALIST


Vacancy ID: 722600   Announcement Number: WA722600-AG   USAJOBS Control Number: 326337500

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The Vacancy Identification Number for this announcement is 722600
1. Title of Job

CONTRACT SPECIALIST
2. Biographic Data

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4. Work Information

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10. Lowest Grade

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12. Special Knowledge

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 Competitive Merit Promotion
002 Non-Competitive Merit Promotion

21. Geographic Availability

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110010001 Washington DC, DC

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a Contract Specialist position with the Federal government. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

SECTION I. BASIC REQUIREMENT

1. Select the one statement below that best describes your education to meet the basic requirement for a Contract Specialist position.

A. I have a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees 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.
B. I do not possess the required educational background to meet this basic requirement for a Contract Specialist position.

2. Select the one statement that best describes the additional education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform Contract Specialist work at the GS-11 level or equivalent pay band in the Federal service.

A. I have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-09 level or pay band in the Federal service) performing the following types of duties: I have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-09 level or pay band in the Federal service) performing the following types of duties: determining and implementing the contract methods and approach based on assessment of overall program management goals; developing and implementing quality assurance methods and instruments to ensure legal compliance of contracting procedures; analyzing contract procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies; conducting contract negotiations; and monitoring or following up with the progress of contracts until formal close-out.
B. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
C. I have some specialized experience as described in A but less than one year, and I have more than two years but less than three years of graduate education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of these requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)
D. My experience or education is not reflected in any of the above statements.

Section III. Work Experience. For each of the items below, select the one statement that most accurately describes your training and experience using the scale provided.

RESPONSE DESCRIPTIONS:

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Determine the appropriate procurement method for program requirements.

4. Conduct market research to determine the capabilities and availability of supplies and services being requested.

5. Determine and implement the contract methods and approach based on assessment of overall program management goals.

6. Evaluate contractor-submitted proposals to ensure adherence to the terms and conditions of the requirements

7. Conduct price/cost analysis to ensure fair and reasonable costs are paid by the customer.

8. Perform post-award contract monitoring and administration to ensure contractor is adhering to the terms and conditions agreed to at time of award.

9. Apply contract regulations and procedures to close-out contract actions upon completion of a service and/or delivery of a supply.

10. Persuade customers to accept new contract initiatives or changes throughout the procurement process.

11. Negotiate contractor proposals including prices, terms and conditions to ensure best value and timely delivery for services requested.

12. Listen to the perspectives of all parties involved in a conflict to make decisions based on objective analysis and factual information of the situation.

13. Compile and analyze contracting data to plan, interpret, and make decisions for contract development.

14. Develop and implement quality assurance methods and instruments to ensure legal compliance of contracting procedures.

15. Set priorities and assess progress on completion of multiple projects/assignments based on organizational goals and program needs.

16. Collaborate with others or work on teams to accomplish activities and objectives relating to contracts or contracting.

17. Use tact and diplomacy when negotiating contract terms and conditions.

18. Serve as a liaison for an organization, representative of business and industry, trade and professional association, the media, and/or the public on issues relating to contract issues or procedures.

19. Indicate the extent of your experience and demonstrated capability explaining or justifying decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations through oral communication.

A. I have communicated factual information to others and responded to routine inquiries.
B. I have explained ideas or discussed plans or suggestions in one-on-one or small group settings.
C. I have explained contracting or procurement decisions or contracting recommendations to groups of peers or colleagues.
D. I have explained a contracting/procurement decision or a contracting/procurement recommendation on an issue to a customer, management or other high-level audience.
E. I have presented to a large audience (25 or more) on complex contracting/procurement methodologies or solutions to complex contracting/procurement problems.

20. Indicate the extent of your experience and demonstrated capability using correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, and information in writing.

A. I have composed routine correspondence involving basic information or using examples of similar documents. (For example, wrote e-mails requesting or providing information.)
B. I have composed short documents that involved general information for use by small audiences. (For example, prepared meeting notes for management or wrote a paper for a class assignment.)
C. I have drafted documents or out-going correspondence requiring specialized knowledge for review by senior staff, management, or other higher level audience. (e.g., drafted a memorandum on a technical area)
D. I have independently written formal documents or formal out-going correspondence related to contracting issues or procedures to customers, contractors or managers. (For example, composed a statement of work or a technical research paper for a college-level class assignment.)
E. I have authored high profile reports, publications, or policies related to contracting issues or procedures for wide audience circulation. (For example, served as the primary author an agency procurement policy.)