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Contract Specialist Direct Hire Authority (DHA)
Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Independence, OH
Employment Type: Full-Time
Date Posted: 01/10/2021
Expire Date: 05/20/2021
Job Categories: Accounting/Auditing, Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations, Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Human Resources, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Sales, Purchasing, Web Technology
Job Description
Contract Specialist Direct Hire Authority (DHA)
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within the closing date of this announcement
Federal employees must include Series, Grade, Step, Starting and Ending dates of employment on their resume. Basic Requirements for GS-13 and Above 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 of 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. - AND - 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. If credit for a course is being questioned by the HR Professional performing qualifications, it is your responsibility to provide supporting descriptive information (course syllabus/descriptions) in your application package. Exceptions:
Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver. 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. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within the closing date of this announcement. Federal employees must include Series, Grade, Step, Starting and Ending dates of employment on their resume. Specialized Experience (GS-13): Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would include, but are not limited to: Serving as senior or lead Contract Specialist for an agency/department, recommending the appropriate contract type or contract method for the product or service being procured. Providing guidance regarding complex contracts to other Contract Specialist in a contracting office to include: firm-fixed price, firm-fixed price with economic price adjustments and cost reimbursement. Providing guidance and training to other Contract Specialist on contract methods to include: simplified acquisitions, sealed bidding, negotiations, cost sharing, multiple awards, commercial items and special provisions. Reviewing statements of work to ensure they adequately describe requirements. Negotiating with vendors to acquire products or services or to address technical requirements, cost/pricing, or other terms and conditions. Interpreting and applying Federal laws, acquisition regulations, policies, contract law and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration which includes: change orders, supplemental agreements, terminations, claims and close out of contracts. Serving as contract administrator on awarded contracts and conducts post-award conferences to negotiate required changes to contract conditions to protect the agency/department. Ensuring that customers are informed and understand the procurement process and all aspects of the contracts to meet agency/department customer service expectations. There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level. Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website.
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