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Contract Specialist

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Department Of Energy Germantown , MD 20874

Posted 2 months ago

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As a Contract Specialist the work involves interrelated contracts wherein changes or modifications to one contract requires changes or modifications to others. Assistance to staff on contract related matters and participate in reviews and special assignments designed to improve internal acquisition and contractual strategies. Coordinates efforts of various subject-matter experts engaged in the acquisition program.

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As a Contract Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) with signatory authority for program support characterized by moderate funding levels and a commitment period extending over a long period of time.

  • Perform or assist senior CORs in providing the full range of contract administration actions required for the acquisition program.

  • Provide input to Contracting Officer and AU management regarding the issuance of contract modifications, negotiation of changes, exercise of options, investigation and resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance appraisal, award fee board evaluations, subcontractor surveillance, salary approvals, purchasing system review and appraisals, disposition of claims, and similar matters.

  • Maintain proper contract files, work papers, records and documentation associated with assigned duties.

  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of routine and non-routine reports for internal and/or external use on matters related to assigned contracts.

  • Ensure that internal controls are functioning properly in order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse of program resources.

  • Serve as AU contracting advisor and represents AU at conferences and meetings.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for Training purposes.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential
13 - This position is eligible for telework, however, approval is at the discretion of the supervisor.

  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

  • You are required to submit an OGE-450 Financial Disclosure.

  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.


  • Will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Financial Disclosure Statement) prior to your appointment to this position. For additional information and to obtain the Office of Government Ethics form, please visit HTTP://WWW.USOGE.GOV.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires applicants to be Level II certified in the DOE Acquisition Career Management Program or equivalent contracting certification program with a Federal agency (such as Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting, or FAC -C) to be eligible for placement into a GS-13 contracting position.

  • FAC-C Level III is required to be obtained within 24 months from the date of hire.

  • This position has a positive education requirement



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-12 or equivalent in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience in the award and administration of a wide range of contract types, including pre and post-award responsibilities to include: Acquisition Planning; Market Research; solicitation development and issuance, proposal reviews including cost and price analysis; source selection; invoicing, and contract performance analysis and administration.

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 Government contracting laws and policies including techniques of contracting operations, detailed procedures of department contracting requirements, and familiarity with the practices of business and industry sufficient to develop policies and provide guidance to subordinate activities.

  • Knowledge of the principles of acquisition planning sufficient to develop and implement a plan to procure a multiyear program or system involving successive program stages.

  • Knowledge of contract administration and termination techniques sufficient to administer and close out contracts.

  • Knowledge of price/cost analysis techniques, such as learning curve analysis and cost estimating relationships, sufficient to evaluate contractor proposals and prepare a prenegotiation position.

  • Knowledge of contract types, methods, and techniques including cost and incentive contracting, award fee, cost sharing arrangements, processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, special provisions relating to proprietary rights, and rights in data. Contracts are normally negotiated.

  • Knowledge of the regulations and techniques of source selection sufficient to conduct a selection.

  • Skill in negotiation techniques to conduct contract negotiations and to meet and deal with high level business, industry, scientific, and/or Government officials.

  • Skill in written communications sufficient to develop and publish departmental regulations and other material.

  • Ability to communicate both orally and writting to present sensitive recommendations to higher authority, to obtain compliance with policies from subordinate activities, and to represent the department or agency on task forces.

"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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

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 by the closing date of this announcement.


Education: This position has a positive education requirement

Basic Requirements for GS-13 and Above

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.


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.

This position has a positive education requirement


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

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

  • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

  • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

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