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Contract Specialist

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Department Of Transportation Des Moines , WA 98198

Posted 4 months ago

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The incumbent will serve as a Contract Specialist within the Acquisition and Business Services, Acquisition and Contracting, AAQ-590.

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As a Contract Specialist, the incumbent will apply all agency requirements including laws, regulations, the Acquisition Management System (AMS), contracting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and other directives. The incumbent will provide advice and guidance to apply new and innovative approaches, methodologies, and techniques to define for advanced and challenging activities.

The incumbent will support one of several specialty areas in the Acquisitions Organization, such as, research and development, major systems, system operations, facilities, construction and architect-engineer services, and other services in contract development, management, and sustainability for the Agency. This includes complete contract management for all agency wide acquisition programs, NextGen initiatives, NAS support and automation, and other agency priorities.

The incumbent must be aware of conditions and processes such as, design to cost, effective competition, acquisition life cycle, exploration, demonstration, full production, and full-scale development contracts. Applying principles of program management, quality assurance, reliability, scheduling, work breakdown structures and validations, the incumbent will plan, develop, and implement acquisition strategies utilizing the flexibilities found in the AMS.

The incumbent will be responsible, with limited direction of a manager, team lead, or more experienced professional, for drafting, reviewing, editing documents as well as the execution and implementation of major milestones throughout the acquisition process. This includes, but is not limited to all the key contractual roles identified above as well as analysis of contractor Cost Accounting System (CAS) Disclosure Statements, analysis of Earned Value Management (EVM) data, analysis of compliance with terms and conditions, using tools to determine root causes for issues that arise as well as formulating the course of action to remedy issues. The negotiated contracts and awards will be made to commercial organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and state, local or foreign government entities.


  • Use all appropriate laws, regulation, agency directives, etc., to perform all pre-award contract duties.

Acquisition Planning and Strategy Participate in the development and implementation of strategies to assure that supplies and services are available when needed to meet mission requirements. Act as a point of contact on acquisition issues and provide information to the customers and acquisition team members on full range of procurement options and contract types. Analyze and anticipate business needs and proactively formulate acquisition strategies.


  • Contract Management. Under minimal supervision, the incumbent performs contract administration functions and provide guidance on contractual actions to acquisition partners.

    Determines allowability for incurred costs, determines claims, withholding, and liquidated damage amounts, approves invoices, requests for property, materials or travel. Analyzes performance, financial, property and other reports, performs all other post award functions necessary to ensure proper contractor performance. Responsible for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as well as determining or processing any contract termination or excusable delays. Works with the Quality Reliability Officers team on overseeing quality assurance activities of the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and contractors.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

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Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)

  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


To view the complete OPM qualification standard, please refer to:

Basic Requirements for Pay Bands FV-H:

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

(2) 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

(3) Above the FV-F or FG/GS-5 level, specialized experience is required, but educational achievements higher than 1 or 2 above can be substituted for specialized experience. The following table shows the amounts of education and/or specialized experience required for FV-F-H, FG-7-12, or GS-7-12. (Please refer to the link provided for the qualification standard above for the table).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-G, FG/GS 11 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience may include but not limited to: Experience as a contract official awarding and administering contracts while applying innovative contracting skills to major system and support service acquisitions.


The FAA Acquisition Executive (FAE) may waive any or all of the educational or training requirements cited in this announcement, if such waiver is determined to be in the best interest of the FAA. For a conditional waiver, failure to meet the requirements of the waiver will result in the employee being returned to the permanent position of record or a permanent position at the same pay band/grade of the position of record and in the same commuting area.

Employees in 1102 series positions will be considered to have met the basic requirements for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000, if specialized experience requirements are met. This applies to other positions at the same pay band/grade in the FAA or other Federal agencies. To qualify for a position at a higher pay band or grade, he/she must meet the requirements and specialized experience as stated.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications.

If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

  • This position has a positive education requirement. If you are not currently working for the Federal Government in the 1102 series OR have never held a position in the Federal Government in the 1102 series, you must submit a copy of your transcripts prior to the closing date of this announcement.

    FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION. If you cannot upload your transcripts to your application, please fax a copy to to the attention of Monique Heriegel and reference the announcement number on the FAX. IF SELECTED, OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT.

    If you do not have an official transcript (original with a raised seal) you should request it today. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

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Contract Specialist

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Department Of Transportation