This position is part of the Haskell Indian Nations University, Bureau of Indian Education. As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for providing acquisition support and guidance to Bureau/Agency customers and team members for a wide range of contracting types and methods and perform the full range of pre-award and/or post-award functions.
DUTY LOCATION: VIRTUAL, USA. Location is negotiable after selection. Salary is contingent on the location.
As a Contract Specialist GS-1102-12, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
- Perform pre-award and post-award functions using contracting methods to procure complex purchases such as price redetermination provisions, cost reimbursement, contracts with incentive provisions, special pricing of Government furnished property, inspecting and testing requirements, ownership of patents and payment to royalties, and/or present of unfavorable market conditions in supplies, systems, services, equipment and/or construction.
- Responsible for acquisition duties assigned and executed in accordance with all applicable regulations and guidelines, including the provisions of the Small Business Act, Executive Orders, Public Law, Office of Management and Budget Circular A-123, and internal control procedures.
- Perform contracting work by performing written request for proposal, publicizes the requirement, issue solicitation package, analyze offers received, prepare negotiation positions, evaluate technical and cost proposals, negotiate cost, and formal contract with the contractor.
- Provide guidance concerning the proper evaluation techniques pertinent to the respective acquisition; serve as the source selection authority and ensure the proposal selected offers the best value to the Government.
- Develop materials to support meetings and presentations at government and non-government conferences, seminars, and meetings for pre-award and post-award acquisition matters.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED
- BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES
- APPOINTMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO A 2 YR TRIAL OR 1 YR PROBATIONARY PERIOD
- APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE
- VALID STATE-ISSUED DRIVERS LICENSE IS REQUIRED
- INCUMBENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO FILE AN OGE FORM 450
- A STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT MAY BE AUTHORIZED
- SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR MALES BORN AFTER 12/31/1959
QualificationsApplicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the OPM Standards. For this position, they are listed below.
Individual Occupational Requirements
Submit a copy of your official transcripts for A or B.
A) Successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
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.
C) Current Federal employee, who occupies a GS-1102 position at grades 5 through 12, to meet the standard contracting positions occupied on or before January 1, 2000. Employees must meet specialized experience requirements.
In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements, Basic Requirements listed above, you must also meet the Basic Requirements below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that includes: Conduct specialized procurement/contract negotiations; Perform pre-award/or post-award functions for procurements involving contracts for equipment systems, facilities alterations, systems contracts and repairs, and/or facility maintenance services; Evaluate solicitations for fair and reasonable prices; Interpret Federal laws, regulations and policies to address contracting issues; Negotiate acquisitions; Produce contract documents and related correspondence. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: In addition to the Individual Occupational Requirements/Basic Requirements above, the following is determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Candidates must meet the following Selective Placement Factor requirement: Federal Acquisition Contracting Certification FAC-C Level I. NOTE: It must be an FAC-C and not a DAWIA.Submit a copy of your current FAC-C Level I Certification.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Agencies can establish requirements for specific credentials (e.g., registration, licenses, or certificates) when such credentials are necessary for satisfactory job performance. To exercise delegated unlimited procurement authority as a Contracting Officer and as a condition of employment, the incumbent must maintain a Federal Acquisition Contracting Certification (FAC-C) Level I. Failure to maintain the FAC-C Level I for any reason is cause for removal from this position.
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year (52 weeks) of service at the next lower grade level.
EDUCATION: Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, credit hours, major, and grade-point average or class ranking, degree and date awarded. All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the educational requirements have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of your transcripts. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.
Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
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CTAP/ICTAP: Department of the Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. 5 CFR 330, Career Transition Assistance for Surplus and Displaced Federal Employees requires the following order of selection for this position:
a) At Bureau option, personnel actions listed in 5 CFR 330.606(b);
b) Any well-qualified SSP candidate who applies within the local commuting area (Surplus and displaced employees will be given equal consideration);
c) At Bureau option, personnel actions not subject to RPL;
d) Qualified RPL candidates in the local commuting area;
e) At Bureau discretion, any other former displaced well-qualified DOI employee, e.g. a well-qualified RPL candidate who applies from outside the local commuting area;
f) Well-qualified ICTAP applicants in the local commuting area;
g) Other outside applicants (other agencies, nonstatus, etc.);
h) To be considered well-qualified, a CTAP/ICTAP applicant must meet the basic qualification requirements with a minimum score of 85 on the Assessment Questionnaire.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
The Bureau of Indian Education has determined that the duties of this position are suitable scheduled, situational and for emergency telework.
STATUS CANDIDATES: Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian or Veteran's Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran's preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member Copy 4) for verification of eligibility. For more information about this program and to determine whether you are eligible, click here.
FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.
NOTE: Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Information Management
- Interpersonal Skills
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies required by the position. Do not provide a separate written narrative statement to the specialized experience in your resume. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and competencies. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy. If your resume includes copy & paste or narrative responses instead of job duties performed, it could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Yourresume (must be current/updated and include the following):
- Work Experience:
- Position title (If current/prior Federal employee, include Series/Grade)
- Dates of employment (include month/year)
- Hours worked per week
- Current supervisor's name and telephone number
- Duties (Please be specific and include any accomplishments)
- References (include complete name and telephone number)
- Must be supervisory employer references for the last years of employment.
- Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted and should include your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. Competitive or Excepted). Please be aware that award SF-50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
- DD-214 (member copy 4), SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
- Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
- Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)?
- College transcript(s): Copy of undergraduate education transcripts. Unofficial college transcripts are acceptable but official college transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
- Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment (required for claiming Indian Preference). The form must be completed by the appropriate official with the federally-recognized tribe where the applicant is enrolled as a member. No other form will be accepted.
- Indian Children Protection Requirements: https://bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/collection/idc012837.pdf
- Cover Letter, optional
DRIVING REQUIREMENT (Required only at time of appointment): Incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Education.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS (Required only at time of appointment): The candidate selected for this position must meet conflict of interest requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Standard Form 450, Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).
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.
- Work Experience:
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This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Land & base management
Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Native Americans or Alaskan Natives with a tribal affiliation.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agency
Indian Preference Eligibles/Current Status or Former Career Status Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility/VEOA Eligibles