Contract Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Minneapolis , MN 55415

Posted 6 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

You will be responsible for serving as Contract Specialist responsible for pre-award and post-award functions for a variety of supply and service contracts for several Program activities of six agencies, each having different contract requirements.

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Responsibilities

  • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides guidance to technical personnel involved in the development of the statement of work or data requirements.

  • Formulates the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirement.

  • Determines the sources to be solicited, prepares applicable determinations and findings, and conducts pre-proposal conferences.

  • Responds to inquiries, including formal protests and congressional inquiries.

  • Monitors contractor performance in relation to the completion schedule required by the contract, insuring timely submission of technical progress reports.

  • Monitoring the contractor's use of Government-furnished property inventories, and issuing change orders occasioned by changes in mission requirements.

  • Negotiates settlements for such changes, approves contract payments, assesses liquidated or actual damages for nonperformance, issues show cause or cure notices, and terminates contracts for default.

Travel Required
25% or less - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
12

  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

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

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

  • Successful completion of one-year trial period.

  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: 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.

AND

FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Locating, interpreting, and adapting guidelines and regulations that may vary by location, use, or special requirements.

  • Conducting contract work across a full range of types and complexities, special provisions within contracts, and negotiating changes to existing contracts.

  • Completing analyses of contracts and recommending alternatives, adaptations, or modifications where necessary for pre and post-award purposes.

OR 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

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.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.

  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.

  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Please see Qualifications Section above for educational requirements.


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