Contract Specialist


Vacancy ID: 837543   Announcement Number: FS-837543-AY13   USAJOBS Control Number: 337480400

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

837543
1. Title of Job

Contract Specialist
2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 837543.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
426540101 Philadelphia, PA
530735033 Federal Way, WA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-9/11/12

1. From the descriptions below, select the response which best describes how you meet the Basic Entry Requirements for the 1102 series for grades 9, 11, and 12. Please read through all responses before you make your selection.

A. I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, in any field, from an accredited institution of higher education. I have included copies of my transcripts with my application package to support this response.
B. I have completed at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management. I have included copies of my transcripts with my application package to support this response.
C. I have been employed in a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000 at any grade GS-05 through GS-12. I have included a copy of my SF-50(s) with my application package to support this response.
D. My background does not match any of the above descriptions and I do not meet the basic entry requirements for these grade levels.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-13

2. From the descriptions below, select the response which best describes how you meet the Basic Entry Requirements for the 1102 series for the grade 13. Please read through all responses before you make your selection.

A. I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree 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, AND I have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 level contracting positions, including at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions.
B. I have been employed in a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000. The position I occupied on January 1, 2000 was a GS-1102 grade GS-13. I have included a copy of my SF-50(s) with my application package to support this response.
C. My background does not match any of the above descriptions and I do not meet the basic entry requirements for this grade level.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

3. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-9 grade level.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) procuring supplies or services through formal advertising; 2) evaluating contracting bids or proposals; 3) and monitoring contractor progress. (NOTE: Your resume must support your claim).
B. I have at least 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree with coursework 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; or LL.B, or J.D. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
C. I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. NOTE: To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed 18 semester hours (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
D. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this grade level.

4. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-11 grade level.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) initiating and awarding contracts for supplies, services, or construction; 2) developing procurement plans; 3) analyzing bids or proposals for compliance with advertised specifications; 4) writing requests for proposals or invitations for bids; and 5) monitoring contract administration until final delivery.
B. I have at least 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education coursework 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; or PhD or equivalent doctoral degree. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
C. I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. NOTE: To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. (Only graduate education in excess of the second full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed 36 semester hours (or your school's definition of two year of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.
D. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this grade level.

5. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-12 grade level.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) receiving and evaluating proposals in conjunction with price/cost analysts or other technical personnel; 2) conducting pre-award conferences; 3) monitoring contractor performance in relation to the completion schedule; and 4) issuing change orders after negotiating settlements for such changes or terminating contracts.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this grade level.

6. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-13 grade level.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) conducting pre-award and post-award functions including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration to procure supplies or services with specialized requirements for complex equipment, services, or construction; 2) deciding on the method of contracting, milestones, and procurement plan; 3) preparing solicitation documents such as cost accounting standards, testing procedures, cost escalation factors, firm-fixed price, fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-award-fee or cost data requirements: 4) preparing and conducting pre-proposals conferences or pre-solicitation site visits; and 5) monitoring contract performance and negotiating contract modifications.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this grade level.

KNOWLEDGE OF CONTRACTING PRINCIPLES, TECHNIQUES, METHODS, AND PROCEDURES

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work 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 have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


7. Determine the contract method to be used.

8. Develop unique or complex terms and conditions of bid/proposal solicitation.

9. Resolve delivery and acceptance disputes.

10. Write and publicize a request for proposal or invitation for bids.

11. Interpret and apply contracting laws and regulations to difficult and complex requirement issues.

12. Determine the most appropriate acquisition strategy and contracting method type for various types of procurement.

KNOWLEDGE OF CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

13. Provide guidance to others concerning procurement of supplies or services.

14. Evaluate proposals to ensure that awards are within applicable laws and regulations.

15. Approval final payments for a contract.

16. Evaluate and approve/disapprove special payments on fixed-price contracts.

17. Conduct pre-solicitation site visits for contracts.

ABILITY TO UTILIZE COST/PRICE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

18. Evaluate contract price proposals.

19. Serve as a primary cost/price negotiator for contracts.

20. Negotiate costs/prices and terms and conditions with offerers/contractors.

21. Forecast labor and material costs when unknowns are involved.

22. Utilize in-depth price/cost analysis techniques involving many different and unrelated factors and processes where there is little historical cost data or precedent.

23. Analyze and evaluate contractor price/cost proposals for new procurements.

24. Evaluate contractor's financial status, profit and loss statement, and balance sheets.

ABILITY TO DEVELOP CONTRACTUAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

25. Negotiate terms and conditions of a contract with offerers/contractors.

26. Recommend revisions to the statement of work or specifications.

27. Create schedules for contract milestones.

28. Develop a procurement plan for contracts.

29. Resolve major differences in the interpretation of the statement of work during discussions and negotiations.

SKILL IN PLANNING, DEVELOPING, AND IMPLEMENT CONTRACTS

30. Verify progression of work by contractor.

31. Negotiate modifications to an existing contract.

32. Issue termination of contract notices.

33. Ensure that the contract claims have been satisfied.

34. Conduct contract closeouts.

35. Coordinate extensions of periods of performance.

36. Cancel a contract due to non-performance by the contractor.

SKILL IN DEVELOPING BRIEFING MATERIALS, REPORTS, AND PRESENTATIONS

37. Conduct briefings for unsuccessful offers.

38. Prepare appropriate documentation in the event of a protest related to contractor selection.

39. Prepare termination case documents for contracts.

40. Report unlawful behavior by offerers/contractors to the proper authorities.

41. Prepare and conduct pre-proposal conferences for contracts.