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Announcement Number:
FHWA.EFL-2019-0035
Hiring Agency:
DOT, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Contract Specialist
Open Period:
05/08/2019 - 05/17/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1102 11/12
Salary:
USD $69,581 - USD $108,422
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
2 Vacancy in

Sterling, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office
000-000-0000
TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.

Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position.  The 'Rule of Three', Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

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Summary:

This position is located in the Acquisition Branch of the office of the Chief of Business Operations, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD), Sterling, Virginia.  


The EFLHD provides transportation and engineering services to Federal agencies. These services include the planning, design, construction, and rehabilitation of federally owned highways and bridges. 

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Some travel is required.

Duties

As a Contract Specialist, you will:



  • Be responsible for a variety of firm fixed price and costs contracts which frequently require special handling provisions or other specialized terms and conditions and serves as a contract specialist for pre-award and/or post-award functions for a variety of contracts within the Eastern Federal Land Highway Division.

  • Provide guidance to technical personnel involved in the development of the statement of work and formulates the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirements.

  • Perform and/or ensure that the bid schedule is properly structured; prepare solicitations, obtain necessary approvals; determine responsiveness and responsibility.

  • Conduct Pre award surveys; recommend or determine sources to be solicited; conduct or oversee pre bid conferences; and recommend and prepare contracts for award.

  • Monitor contractor performance, cost controls, funds management, adherence to contract completion schedules, expedite delivery or performance when required by mission changes, prepare and issue change orders occasioned by changes in mission requirements or defective specifications.

  • Negotiate settlements for such changes and approve or recommend approval processes contract payments, to include fee payments and assessment of liquidated or actual damages for nonperformance, prepare or take action on requests for consideration, issues show cause or cure notices, recommend and prepare contracts for terminations of default or convenience and negotiate the final settlements, prepare correspondence and replies to the customer and other agencies.


The ideal candidate for this position would have the ability to communicate orally and in writing regarding acquisition issues. Must be able to work well in a team environment and perform search on acquisition issues and concerns to develop best / worst case scenarios so that the best acquisition strategy could be used. This candidate would also have the ability to work without close supervision, but would have the foresight to ask for advice in a tough acquisition situation.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days of appointment and annually thereafter.

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.

  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel.  A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position
  • Selectee will be required to complete an OGE-450 Financial Disclosure form.
  • Education Requirements:

    A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;  OR


    B. 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. Applicants who meet the criteria for Superior Academic Achievement qualify for positions at the GS-07 level.


    Graduate Education:
    To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.


    Note: 
    For positions at GS-07 through GS-12, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph A or B, above.


    C. Exceptions:
    Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.


    D. Waiver:
    When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

    Evaluations:

    For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. 


    Applicants will not be rated or ranked.  Veteran's Preference does NOT apply.


    All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

    Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant's eligibility. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.




     

    Qualifications:

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

    To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09 it must include:



    • Experience using procurement regulations and a variety of contracting procedures for pre-award or post-award phases, such as in the procurement of supplies, services or equipment.

    • Experience providing technical assistance to staff and management.


     


    To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have:



    • 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    • You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience.  This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. 


     


    To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:



    • Experience providing guidance to technical personnel in the development and formulation of contracting approaches.

    • Experience with a range of contracting methods and contract types, including formally advertised acquisitions and negotiated acquisitions.

    • Experience procuring specialized services, such as architectural and engineering services.


     


    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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

    Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

    EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.


    This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.



    • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.

    • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

    • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.


    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at:  Transjobs@dot.gov

    Required Documents:

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. 

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.  

    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED as there is a stated education requirement for the series.  The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. 



    • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.  


    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility,  you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy and provide all of the following documents:  



    • your most recent performance appraisal,

    • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and

    • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.


     
    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system.  You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    Next Steps:
    Within two weeks of the vacancy closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will issue certificate(s), or list(s) of applications, which will then be forwarded to the selecting official for further consideration. At this point, you may check online to see if your application was referred by logging in at MYUSAJOBS and clicking on "Applications."

    From this point on the selecting official determines all aspects of the hiring process. If they wish to contact you for an interview or for hire, they will do so directly. Otherwise, when a selection is made, we will update your application status online and the Human Resources Specialist for the vacancy will notify you by email.