Contract Specialist

Department Of Energy Germantown , MD 20874

Posted 4 days ago

  • Duties

HelpDuties Summary

This is an standing register open for 3 months with multiple cut-off dates. The initial cut off date is 1/22/19. Certificates will be issued to Selecting Officials as vacancies are identified.

This announcement will be used to fill vacancies throughout all of NNSA.

This announcement is part of DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Job Fair.

The salary stated above is basic salary. Locality pay will be added depending upon the duty station.

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A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Contract Specialist performing work directly related to specific contract assignments such as contract solicitation, source selection, contractor/recipient proposal evaluation and pricing, negotiation, and administration.

As a Contract Specialist, you will:

  • Perform pre-award and post-award functions on a variety of acquisition projects.

  • Solicit, review, and/or administer a variety of contracts which frequently require special handling provisions or other specialized terms and conditions, including contracts which cover a period of more than one year.

  • Review acquisitions and the appropriate method of procurement.

  • Determine a variety of contractor pricing arrangements, such as Fixed-Price, Cost Reimbursement, and/or Special Purpose Contracts and Agreements.

  • Perform cost/price analysis of contractor proposals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel away from the official duty station may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to Random Drug Testing

  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

  • Favorable suitability determination required.

  • Financial Disclosure is required.

  • Must be able to obtain/maintain either a "L" or a "Q" level Security Clearance, depending upon the job location.

  • Must meet Level III FAI, DAWIA, or FAC-C contracting certification requirements OR must meet at least Level II FAI, DAWIA, or FAC-C contracting certification requirements and be able to obtain Level III within 18 months of placement in this position. You are required to submit a copy of your current certification with your application. If you do not do so, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.

  • A one year probationary period may be required.

  • Multiple selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band (EN-00) or GS grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience performing at least four of the following six duties:

  • acquisition planning;
  • contract solicitation, evaluation and pricing;
  • contract negotiations;
  • source selection;
  • contract award; or,
  • post award contract administration.

Education may not be substituted for specialized experience.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. 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. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  • Knowledge of and skill in applying various types of acquisitions and the federal procurement process sufficient to plan and carry out long-term contracting functions. This includes the principles of acquisition strategy sufficient to develop and implement an acquisition plan for highly complex services or systems.

  • Knowledge of price/cost analysis techniques and cost estimating relationships, sufficient to evaluate contractor s proposals necessary for the preparation of a pre-negotiation position.

  • Knowledge of contract types, methods and techniques including cost and incentive contracting, award fee, cost sharing arrangements, processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, and special provisions relating to proprietary rights sufficient to plan and carry out contracting functions.

  • Skill in interpreting legislative, regulatory and policy guidance to determine the effect on procurement/contract activities.

  • Skill in communications for preparing and presenting information concerning procurement, status briefings and recommendations, complex contract specifications and justifications, and technical reports, and to articulate positions in a persuasive manner with high level agency officials and industry representatives.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements at the time of application.



This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. If you do not do so, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration. This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements. If selected, official transcripts may be requested.

NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore, courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified below, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and appears on a college or university transcript.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Education Requirements:

A. 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, AND

B. 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.

C. 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 under Paragraph D.

D. 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.

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