Contract Specialist

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    Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    "We Train Those Who Protect Our Homeland." The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) is a unique inter-agency organization that prepares the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet the Nation's most pressing security challenges. To learn more about the FLETC's vital Homeland Security Mission, please click here .

    These positions are located at the FLETC, Mission and Readiness Support Directorate (MRSD), Procurement Division (PRO). The selected individuals will perform the full range of pre-award and post-award contracting functions, including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration for a wide variety of services, supplies, equipment and construction.

    Your application will remain on-file and "active" for the duration of this announcement. Managers may request applications from this announcement that meet the desired training topical area, work schedule, and duty location of their vacant position(s). If your application meets these parameters, then it will be made available for review by the requesting manager. HR will verify your qualifications and eligibility for consideration. The status of your USAJOBS® account will be updated upon receipt of your application but will not receive subsequent updates throughout the process. You will be contacted via e-mail if you are selected for an interview.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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    Being a Contract Specialist makes you a valuable member of the FLETC team and mission. You will perform the full range of pre-award and post-award functions in the procurement of a wide range of services, supplies, equipment and construction. Typical assignments include:
    • Developing the contractual strategy to be used as well as performing procurement planning and contract administration for all procurements assigned.
    • Procuring supplies, services, equipment and construction requirements utilizing acquisition procedures from open market, federal supply and agency contracts in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and agency specific acquisition regulations.
    • Preparing and issuing Requests for Proposals, Invitations for Bids, and Requests for Quotations.
    • Evaluating proposals/bids.
    • Conducting pre-negotiation conferences with management and technical personnel in order to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, and contract amendments.
    • Performing contract administration for each procurement assigned as well as assisting in the preparation of statements of work with technical staff. Preparing requests for proposals for changes/change orders and completing contract modifications.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

    Who May Apply This job is open to…
    • Non-competitive eligibles , which includes but is not limited to current and former federal employees who have held the GS-13 level or above; interchange agreement eligibles, individuals with disabilities, peace corps, former overseas employees, military spouses, and 30% disabled veterans.
    • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

    Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.

  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
    • Financial disclosure required.
    • Current and former Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.


    You must meet these requirements at the time your resume is reviewed.

    Basic Requirements:
  • Successful completion of a 4-year course of study, leading to a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Completion of 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.
  • In order to considered, you must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) that include(s) the number of semester or quarter hours completed.

    Exceptions to the Basic Requirements: Federal employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for the position they occupied on January 1, 2000.

    In addition to the basic requirements listed above, you must show:
  • Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to the GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, AND
  • At least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as performing a full range of pre-award and post-award functions for a wide range of services, supplies, equipment and/or construction (i.e., formulating policies and procedures; developing and presenting terms and conditions in bids or proposals; negotiating and awarding contracts; administering terms and conditions of contracts; and analyzing proposed prices/costs).
  • 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.

    Time-in-grade requirements must be met by any applicant who within the previous 52 weeks held a general schedule position under a term or permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch. The time-in-grade requirement for this position is 1 year at the GS-12 level in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met at the time your resume is reviewed.


    Additional information

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

    To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for suitability, Secret, Top Secret, or Top Secret/SCI as a condition of placement into these positions. This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.

    Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above.

    Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion, such as walking over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces of the type found at construction sites or other outdoor facilities which the contract specialist must visit on a regular and recurring basis; or conducting intensive negotiations for extended periods i.e., four hours or longer without rest periods, and occasionally late in the evening. Some agility is required in walking around or over building materials, excavation sites, and heavy equipment. Some lifting of contract specifications, solicitations, and/or drawings up to 35 pounds. Conducting intensive negotiation requires specific, but common physical characteristics and abilities such as above average resistance to fatigue.

    Work Environment: The work is performed primarily in an office setting, however, the employee may visit construction sites and contractor plants to review products and equipment and which involves everyday risks and discomforts.

    This position requires you to file an ethics financial disclosure report within 30 days of starting your Federal employment and annually thereafter as long as you occupy a position that requires financial disclosure reporting.

    All employees are required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to determine the degree to which your experience, education and training demonstrate the following competencies required by this position:
  • Knowledge of Federal, departmental or agency policies, local contract laws, regulations, principles, methods, procedures, contract types, special provisions, and incentives.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine the best contractual method for the procurement of a variety of bureau-wide, agency-wide or Government-wide specialized equipment, services, or construction requirements.
  • Experience with contracting policies and procedures, negotiation techniques, technical requirements, and the contractor's operations to negotiate contracts for supplies, services, construction or research and development.
  • Application of source selection procedures sufficient for the development of meaningful evaluation factors to ensure the best value to the government.
  • Skill in negotiating contract techniques for equipment, supplies, performance-based services, and construction.
  • Interpersonal skills for problem resolution and conflict management.
  • Extensive knowledge of contract administration practices and post-award procedures. Written and oral communication as well as presentation techniques.
  • Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

    Career Transition Assistance Program or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility may be found on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Applicable

  • Required Documents
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  • Your resume
  • Are you eligible under an Interchange Agreement ? Submit your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows a "1" or "2" in Block 24 and a "2" in Block 34.
  • Are you eligible for Reinstatement or Transfer ? Submit an SF-50 that shows a grade level at or above the GS-13 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, and a "1" in Block 34.
  • Are you a current DHS employee eligible for Reassignment? Submit an SF-50 that shows a grade level at the GS-13 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, a "1" in Block 34, and "Homeland Security" in Block 46.
  • Are you a current DHS employee eligible for a Change to Lower Grade? Submit an SF-50 that show a grade above the GS-13 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, a "1" in Block 34, and "Homeland Security" in Block 46.
  • Are you a 30% or more disabled veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference , and an AB4, Civil Service Preference Letter .
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under CTAP/ICTAP? Submit copies of your agency notice; most recent performance rating; and your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Have you occupied a GS position in the federal civilian service within the last 52 weeks? You must submit a copy of the SF-50 that proves you meet the time-in-grade requirements listed in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.
  • Are you eligible to apply under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Submit a letter on official letterhead from either a doctor, licensed medical professional, licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
  • Are you eligible to apply as a Foreign Service Employee? Submit copies of your SF 50s that show you have served at least 1 year in the Foreign Service and a "2" in Block 34.
  • Are you a current or former staff member of the Peace Corps? You must provide a certification of your service to prove your eligibility. Certifications may be requested through this form .
  • Are you a former ACTION/Peace Corps volunteer? You must provide a certification of your volunteer service. Peace Corps volunteers may request certifications of their service by clicking here .
  • Are you the spouse of an active duty service member with orders for permanent change in station (PCS)? Submit a copy of your spouse's PCS orders and marriage certificate.
  • Are you the spouse of service member who was 100 percent disabled while on active duty? Submit your spouse's DD 214, AB4 , and marriage certificate.
  • Are you an un-remarried widow or widower of a service member who was killed on active duty? Submit your spouse's DD 214, DD 1300, marriage certificate, and a statement certifying that you are an unmarried widow or widower.
  • Note: All applicants are required to submit the applicable documents listed above as verification of eligibility. If you fail to provide the information requested, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for these positions.

    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.

  • Benefits
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    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 .

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits."

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    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
    Help How to Apply

    If this is your first time applying for a federal job, then you will need to create a USAJOBS® account . Otherwise, follow the steps below.
  • If you possess multiple documents of the same type (e.g., multiple transcripts, DD 214s, SF 50s, or certifications), then you will need to combine them into one file not exceeding 3 MB in size and upload the newly created file into your USAJOBS® account.
  • Click the Apply button. If you are not already logged into USAJOBS®, you will be prompted to do so.
  • Select the resume and documents from your USJOBS® account that you wish to transmit. You will need to manually associate any documents that are not automatically linked within our application system (see Step 6 below).
  • If this is your first time applying for a job with the FLETC, then you will be automatically forwarded to the account creation process before being taken to the job application. Follow the on-screen prompts to finalize the creation of your FLETC account. If this is not your first time applying for a job with the FLETC, then you will skip this step.
  • Answer all of the assessment questions, ensuring that your responses are supported by your resume and documents.
  • In some cases, documents brought over from USAJOBS® will not be automatically linked within our system. In these cases, the system will display any unlinked documents on the left side of the page with an action control to manually attached the document. Click on the action button and follow the on-screen prompts to ensure your unlinked documents are attached.
  • After reviewing your submission in the final step, click "Submit Application" located at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking "Submit Application," your application will not be transmitted to our servers. Upon clicking "Submit Application", you will be greeted with, "Thank You! You have successfully submitted your application."
  • Your application, including any supporting documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you experience any difficulties with the online application process or are experiencing a significant hardship that hinders your ability to apply online, then you may contact either the HR Helpdesk at (912) 267-2289 or e-mail [email protected] Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST (excluding federal holidays). When e-mailing, please include the vacancy announcement number in the subject line.

    If you encounter an error with a corresponding code during the application process, contact the Monster® Government Solutions Helpdesk at (866) 656-6831 or via e-mail at [email protected] Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST (excluding federal holidays).

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    Glynco, Georgia
    United States

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    Your application will remain on-file and "active" for the duration of this announcement. Managers may request applications from this announcement that meet the desired training topical area, work schedule, and duty location of their vacant position(s). If your application meets these parameters, then it will be made available for review by the requesting manager. HR will verify your qualifications and eligibility for consideration.

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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Full time
Glynco, Georgia, US