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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Sr. Contract Specialist
Open Period:
08/15/2019 - 09/11/2019


GG - 1102 14
USD $117,191 - USD $152,352
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Rockville, MD, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Vivian Dean


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Excepted service
• Military spouses
• Open to the public
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three (3) years or more of continuous active service may apply.  Internal employees of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a permanent or competitive Term appointment, permanent Federal employees who have completed a probationary period, and reinstatement eligibles in the Washington, DC commuting area.

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

Security Clearance Required:
L Access Authorization
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research. To find out more about the NRC, we invite you to visit us on the web at

This position is located in the Office of Administration, Division of Acquisition Management Division. The supervisor is Monique Williams.

This position is  Bargaining Unit. This position requires no travel.  

Travel expenses associated with interview and/or relocation expenses associated with job offer may be paid.

Selectee will be subject to Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

May be paid.

Travel Required:
Not Required


The successful candidate will perform the full range of Sr. Contract Specialist duties for the Acquisition Management Division. Some duties are negotiating and administering questions (including contracts and interagency agreements) terms and conditions for requirements that are complex, often unique and may involve a myriad of contract types.  Acquisitions are typically negotiated, awarded, and administered for electronic and information technology services, equipment, and software; specialized research projects; technical assistance projects; administrative services; or management-oriented projects.

Providing acquisition-related advice, assistance and assessments on a routine basis to NRC program and administrative offices regarding the character and extent of procurement cycles appropriate to implement a variety of acquisitions. These assessments must frequently be made on an immediate basis for factoring into the program planning function. Participating with program office personnel in project planning to assure necessary procurement information regarding the impact on programs of procurement policies, standards, regulations, and interpretations.

Attending high-level policy meetings to develop major acquisition strategies and milestones. Acting as the primary consultant and resource person to high-level operating officials in the development and implementation of such strategies. Coordinating with program office personnel, preparing staff papers, memoranda and necessary backup material for proposed actions required to be presented to the Strategic Sourcing Group for review and approval. Awards for which incumbent bears primary responsibility for procurement planning, negotiation, and administration may involve obligations of $10,000,000 or more.


Qualifications and Evaluations


You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

Key Requirements:
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required
  • Education Requirements:

    Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


    A 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.


    When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements.  Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position.  Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.  If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager. 



    In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the grade 13 level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.  Specialized experience is detailed knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of acquisition. Must possess a FAC-C Level III certification. 

    The ideal candidate for this position will be able to demonstrate the following:

    1. Experience in the application of the laws, executive orders, Federal Acquisition Regulations,  Federal Property Management Regulations, policies and  procedures pertaining to Federal contracting and procurement.

    (Example: Describe specific work experience, training and developmental assignments which demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply the laws, regulations, executive orders, and Federal and NRC procurement regulations and policies pertaining to contracting and procurement. Describe how you have applied this knowledge and for what purposes. Provide specific examples and accomplishments).

    2. Experience soliciting, negotiating, awarding and administering competitive and noncompetitive acquisitions for commercial and noncommercial products and services for requirements such as information technology products, information technology services, technical assistance services, professional services, administrative services, architecture and engineering services, construction services, training services, interagency acquisitions, and financial assistance.

    (Example: Describe your experience soliciting, negotiating, awarding and administering routine and complex competitive and noncompetitive acquisitions for commercial and noncommercial products and services for requirements such as information technology products, information technology services, technical assistance services, professional services, administrative services, architecture and engineering services, construction services, training services, and interagency acquisitions. What FAR-based acquisition procedures were used? What were your specific duties and responsibilities? What contract types were used? How much of your experience is pre-award-based, and how much is post-award-based)?

    3. Demonstrated experience presenting information, ideas and advice to customers in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing. A writing sample is recommended.

    (Example: Describe specific experience, education, and training which contributed to your ability to effectively communicate information, both orally and in writing. Describe the kinds of oral presentations you have made, to whom, and for what purposes).

    4. Demonstrated experience to establish and maintain effective work relationships with individuals at all levels, including managers and supervisors, co-workers, staff personnel of other offices, representatives of other Federal agencies, and contractor organizations. 

    (EXAMPLE: Describe the various types and levels of individuals you interact with and for what purposes. Describe your accomplishments developing and implementing successful approaches to discuss and resolve conflicts. Provide examples of specific assignments that required you to use tact and diplomacy to achieve cooperation and develop consensus. What techniques do you use to develop effective working relationships? Provide specific examples and accomplishments).

    In addition to your resume, you are strongly encouraged to use the available space provided to supply this information.


    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Agency Benefits:

    As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k)  (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.



    Other Information:

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via  Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

    Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires.  To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver.  To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks.  If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment.  If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use.  Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

    Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this position.

    The NRC requires that applicants submit resumes built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool. The Resume Builder tool is activated upon selecting "Build New Resume" under the "Resumes" section of your USAJOBS account.

    Resumes uploaded to your USAJOBS jobseeker account that have not been built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool WILL NOT be accepted and you WILL NOT be allowed to further advance through the NRC application process.

    To ensure you are using the correct resume type when applying to our vacancies, please make sure that the resume you are using during the application process is listed with a format type of "USAJOBS Resume" and a source type of "Built with USAJOBS Resume Builder. Verifying this information on your USAJOBS resume before applying will ensure the successful submission of your application to the NRC job vacancy.

    Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated. Requests for extensions WILL NOT be granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist during business hours BEFORE the closing date of the announcement and speak to someone who can provide assistance for your online submission.

    You must answer any job specific vacancy questions. You will be rated based on your responses to any vacancy questions and especially the information provided in your resume. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position. Abbreviated responses to the vacancy questions, such as “significant experience” or “see resume” do not provide enough information and should not be used. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the vacancy questions unanswered.

    To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

    Required Documents:

    List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

    If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

    If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.  

    Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)  You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

    If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

    All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

    1.  Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
    2.  use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer.  The following types of documents can be uploaded:  .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
    3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.



    Next Steps:

    You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBs and selecting “Application Status.”