Supervisory Contract Specialist (Branch Chief)

Department Of Veterans Affairs Mcclellan , CA 95652

Posted 2 months ago

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Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m.

  • 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Contract Specialist/ PD#21009-A

Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Eligible

Telework: Not Eligible

Virtual Position: NO

This recruitment is for fewpositions with Service Area Office (SAO) West, Network Contracting Office (NCO) 21 located at McClellan, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Martinez, CA. Vacancies can be filled at any of the duty locations listed. Indicate which duty location(s) you are interested in on your application.

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Supervisory Contract Specialist/ PD#21009-A

The purpose of this position is to serve as a Supervisory Contract Specialist for the US Department of Veterans Affairs with responsibility for performing professional work involving the procurement of supplies and services using procedures outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations, VA Acquisition Regulations, Public Laws, and Agency policy. Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-5 through GS-12/13.

Some of the staff could be located virtually. Exercises supervisory authorities and responsibilities involving work assignment and review, as well as the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the team.

Distributes workload within the team and ensures the work assignments of employees in the team are carried out. Reviews the work of team members at various stages of completion, to assure compliance with Federal and VA Acquisition Regulations, Veterans Administration (VA)/Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Policies, VA/VHA Directives, VA/VHA Information Letters, VA/VHA Handbooks, and Network Contracting Office (NCO) standard operating procedures (SOP)s. Tracks work assigned to the team from receipt of procurement requests through contract close-out.

Incumbent provides status reports to the Director of Contracting (DoC). Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance.

Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Effects minor disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Travel may be authorized from 1-5 nights per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)
    1102 Contracting

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

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

  • Position requires filing a Financial Disclosure report:

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting, however where travel to work sites is required there may be light physical work required such as walking over uneven surfaces or assisting technical personnel in taking measurements or elevations. Government travel, meetings, or customer interactions will be required in this position.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees or who have held a GS grade anytime in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. Example for a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 level.

Basic Requirements for GS-13 and above

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.


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.

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.

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.

Specialized Experience GS-13:

Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

Providing signatory authority and executing contract awards within warrant authority, as requested by supervisor. Preparing detailed price negotiation memoranda, outlining in writing the details of negotiations with contractors in competitive and noncompetitive negotiations. Conducting public bid openings, reviews bids and determines responsiveness and responsibility of low bidder.

For negotiated procurements, determining the selected offeror(s) represents the best value (price and other factors considered) and meets regulatory requirements to be considered a responsible contractor. Assuring reasonable equity of performance standards and rating techniques and/or assures comparable equity in the assessment by subordinates of the adequacy of contractor capabilities or of contractor completed work. Planning work to be accomplished by subordinates, setting and adjust short-term and long-term priorities, and preparing schedules for completion of work.

Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at

Preferred Requirements:
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IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites: and

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

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Supervisory Contract Specialist (Branch Chief)

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