Contract Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Delta , CO 81416

Posted 2 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

The positions are located on 4 different Forests, the Shoshone National Forest, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest, Nebraska National Forest, and the Bighorn National Forest.

The positions are located on a Forest Service unit and serves as a Contract Specialist in the performance of a full range of contracting duties.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Barbara Darling at 605-673-9355 or barbara.darling@usda.gov.

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Responsibilities

  • Duties listed are at the full performance level.

  • This position is located in a Forest Service unit and serves as a contract specialist in the performance of a full range of contracting duties.

  • Assists in performing market analysis to determine the availability of commercial items and possible vendors. Identifies new sources, based upon projected needs of the Government and industry analysis.

  • Resolves specification/scope of work problems which limit competition among users, modifies contractual clauses which discourage potential offerors from participating.

  • Determines specific contract language and clauses, and selects the appropriate type of contract. Determines minimum or maximum order limitations, method of award, transportation and delivery, and publication and distribution of solicitations.

  • Evaluates bids or offers submitted, determines responsiveness to the solicitation, evaluates offeror's capacity to perform and comply with contract clauses, scope and specifications.

  • Participates in negotiations on price, technical requirements, terms, and conditions of the contract. Recommends award in accordance with delegated authority.

  • Participates in pre-work conferences with contractors and Contracting Officer Representatives to assure they all adequately understand terms, provisions, and general requirements of the contract.

  • Reviews contractor requests for deviations to contract terms or specifications and determines action to be taken. Recommends modifications to contracts as necessary.

  • Recommends approval or disapproval in order to guarantee contract compliance of progress payments, special payments on fixed-price contracts, requests for overtime, proposed subcontractors, and other special requests.

  • Upon contract completion, ensures necessary actions are taken to close the contract file.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional travel

  • Travel will be required for meetings, training and some work at other locations on the Forest.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
9 - If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management.

  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.

  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

  • Required to temporarily travel away from the home unit for assignments lasting up to 14 days, in which the employee may work long hours in potentially adverse weather and working conditions.

  • Incumbent must file an OGE-450 financial disclosure if they hold a warrant for $1 million or more.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements as defined below, by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1100/contracting-series-1102/

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Basic Requirements for Contracting Series (1102):

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

OR

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.

Exception to the basic education requirement: Employees who have continuously held a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000, will be considered to have met the basic education standard.

In addition to the requirements described above, the following education and/or experience are required for the GS-07 level:

For the GS-7 level: In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must have one full year of graduate level education or law school (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);

OR

Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) based on class standing, GPA, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. More details on the eligibility requirements for S.A.A. can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp. ;

OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Assisted senior professionals in drafting and editing standard contracts, or other legal documents, reports, and correspondence; maintained files and statistical data on contracts, statements of work, and bid solicitation documents; assisted in the preparation of statements of work and solicitation documents, as a trainee.

OR

A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above.

In addition to the requirements described above, the following education and/or experience are required for the GS-09 level:

For the GS-9 level: In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B or J.D (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);

OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Assisted in procuring off-the-shelf items or services available from numerous sources; reviewed requisitions and recommended procurement methods; performed basic computations related to a contract cost/price analysis.

OR

A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. Only graduate education in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours may be used to meet this requirement.

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.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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