Contract Specialist

  • Duties
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    The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.

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    At DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) Disposition Services we are a high performing organization looking for dedicated professionals. Professionals with high moral character, are results-driven, value working as part of the team and continuously seek ways to learn and improve. Proven performers...professionals who grasp opportunities and face challenges head on...people who enjoy contributing as a member a high-performing team, contributing to the overall Mission.

    We are flexible and adaptable with a tradition of responding to all challenges as opportunities. We are an agile Learning Organization where individuals are valued, cherished and nurtured, where we continuously improve processes and find better ways to serve America's military services.

    Join us today in protecting America's Warfighter, the Environment and One Another!

    DUTIES: As a Contract Specialist, you will be responsible for the following duties:
    • Serve as a contract specialist in DLA Disposition Services
    • Development, coordination, and implementation of DLA Disposition Services wide contracts
    • Participate in and review procurement actions such as prime vendor type contract requirements
    • Encompass all aspects of DoD contract management as well as those inherent to contract administration

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Travel may be required

    Supervisory status

    Who May Apply This job is open to… Current Permanent DLA Federal Employee. ICTAP (Must be in Commuting Area). Individuals with Special Appointing Authorities (not required to be in the commuting area): Individuals with Disabilities, 30% Disabled Vet or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
    Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
    • See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position.

    Work Schedule: Full-Time
    Tour of Duty: Set-Schedule
    Overtime Work: Occasionally
    Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive without Secret Access
    Drug Testing Designated Position: No
    Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
    Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
    Emergency Essential: No

    Financial Filing Statement: Required
    Reemployed Annuitant: Does not meet criteria
    The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
    For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at:


    Qualifications: To qualify for a Contract Specialist, your qualifications must include:

    A. DAWIA EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, Public Law 106-398, Section 808: A.) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND B.) at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines; accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management; OR C.) a civilian employee in DOD or member of the Armed Forces, who occupied a GS-1102 position or contracting officer position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30th, 2000 is excluded from the requirements of A. AND B. above, but must meet the requirements identified in Public Law 101-510, section 1724: A OR B above.

    B. Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic education requirement, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Examples of specialized experience are identified in the Major Duties section of this vacancy announcement and may also include:
    • Applying contract, procurement and acquisition laws, regulations, negotiations, and closeout and termination procedures
    • Conducting acquisition planning, including price/cost analysis and source selection techniques
    • Performing contract administration and management pertaining to document automation programs, services, equipment, software and technical terminology sufficient to properly perform contract administration and management
    • Developing, coordinating and implementing contracts; Pre & Post Award

    C. Education: Applicants may not qualify for this position based on education in lieu of specialized experience.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:
    • Knowledge of Contract Laws and Regulations
    • Knowledge of Department of Defense Contracts
    • Ability to Communicate Orally and in Writing


      Additional information

      Please review the General Information and Definitions at:

      INFORMATION FOR VETERANS is available at: .

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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.

      Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be completed and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and USA Hire assessments. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If your resume and or supporting documentation is reviewed and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

      The assessments for this job will measure:

      General Competencies:
      • Accountability
      • Attention to Detail
      • Customer Service
      • Decision Making
      • Flexibility
      • Influencing/Negotiating
      • Integrity/Honesty
      • Interpersonal Skills Learning
      • Reading
      • Reasoning
      • Self-Management
      • Stress Tolerance
      • Teamwork

      Technical Competencies:
      • Knowledge of Contract Laws and Regulations
      • Knowledge of Department of Defense Contracts
      • Ability to Communicate Orally and in Writing

      For General Competency definitions, please review at:

      Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

      If you are applying as an ICTAP candidate please review ICTAP information at: (see Special Priority Consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)).

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      Background checks and security clearance

      Security clearance

    • Required Documents
      Help Required Documents

      The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee). Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:

      Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, click here for more information about the request process: . Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments must be received before the JOA closes to be considered for this job opening. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. After notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. If the email invitation is sent prior to the close of the Job Opportunity Announcement to which you applied, you must complete all of the assessments within 48 hours of the closing of the Job Opportunity Announcement. If the email invitation is sent after the close of the Job Opportunity Announcement to which you applied, you must complete all of the assessments within 48 hours from the time the email is sent."

      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 .

      For information regarding Federal Benefits, please see:

      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

      To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online questionnaire, the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to receive consideration. The application process will follow the bullets outlined below. Notifications are provided to correspond with each step that is outlined below.

      Click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the initial online questionnaire. To view the initial online questionnaire TAG:Link to Questions Only.

      Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      o If you log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

      o To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

      o When you receive a notification from your USAJOBS account it may indicate that your application is complete after you submit the initial online questionnaire and documentation, however, your application will NOT be complete until you have successfully completed the next step described below.

      If you meet minimum qualifications based on the initial online questionnaire responses that you submit, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. The invitation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments will be sent from email address [email protected] Please plan to set aside at least 3 hours for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments; however, most applicants complete the assessments in less time. NOTE: If you have previously taken a USA Hire assessment, you MUST still click on the link received in the OPM email to connect your previously completed test. Failure to complete the entire process will result in your being found ineligible.

      o You must complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments within 48 hours after the close of this Job Announcement to be eligible for this position. Your results will be kept on record for use when applying for future jobs that require the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You will not be allowed to re-take them for one year.

      o Before attempting to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you should visit to determine if the computer you are using is likely to experience any issues during testing. If you have questions about the computer requirements or require technical assistance please contact [email protected]

      o If you accidentally deleted the invitation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments or otherwise need the information re-sent (e.g., you feel you have not received it due to a SPAM filter), you should contact [email protected] to request the invitation to be re-sent. Requests to re-send invitations to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments must be received by [email protected] BEFORE the close of the JOA.

      To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Assessment Questions .

      You may review the status of your application within your profile on USAJOBS.

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      Agency contact information Rowdy B. Melton

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      DLA Human Resources Services New Cumberland
      2001 Mission Drive Suite 3
      New Cumberland, PA

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      Next steps

      If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, you will receive an email from [email protected] with a link to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. This assessment must be completed within 48 hours after the close of this JOA. If you have not received the link to the assessment within 24 hours of the closing date and you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you should contact [email protected] to request the invitation to be re-sent. NOTE: If you have previously taken a USA Hire assessment, you MUST still click on the link received in the OPM email to connect your previously completed test. Failure to complete the entire process will result in you being found ineligible.

      Based on your qualifications and/or assessment scores, applicants that are found among the most highly qualified may be referred to the hiring official for consideration, and you will receive a notification of referral. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and as part of the selection process, applicants may be required to complete additional supplemental documents. Once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. If interviews are conducted, DLA uses a technique called Behavior Based Interviewing (BBI) . Be sure to check your USA Jobs account for your notification updates.

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      Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

      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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