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Contract Specialist (direct Hire Authority)

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Gilbert
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Job Description:


Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Contract Specialist/ PD# 11006-A/11007-A
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Yes
Telework: Yes; Telework is eligible at the discretion of the supervisor
Virtual Position: No
Financial Disclosure: Yes

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  • Accepting applications
    • Open & closing dates

      09/10/2021 to 03/10/2022
    • Salary

      $53,770 - $95,980 per year
    • Pay scale & grade

      GS 9 - 11
    • Help

      Many vacancies in the following locations:
      • Gilbert, AZ
      • Tucson, AZ
      • Long Beach, CA
      • Los Angeles, CA
      • Show more locations (4)
      • March AFB, CA
      • North Hills, CA
      • San Diego, CA
      • Albuquerque, NM
      • Telework eligible

        Yes-as determined by the agency policy.
      • Travel Required

        Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 1-5 nights per month for this position.
      • Relocation expenses reimbursed

      • Appointment type

      • Work schedule

      • Service

      • Promotion potential

      • Job family (Series)

        1102 Contracting
      • Supervisory status

      • Security clearance

      • Drug test

      • Position sensitivity and risk

        Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
      • Trust determination process

      • Announcement number

      • Control number

        This job is open to
        • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

          Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
        • The public

          U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S. Clarification from the agency

          ALL US CITIZENS. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.201) for this occupation.



          This recruitment is for multiplevacancies with Regional Procurement Office West, Network Contracting Office (NCO) 22, located at one of the following locations:
          • Gilbert, Arizona
          • Tucson, Arizona
          • Long Beach, California
          • Los Angeles, California
          • March AFB, California
          • North Hills, California
          • San Diego, California
          • Albuquerque, New Mexico Vacancies can be filled at any of the duty locations listed.

            Contract Specialist/PD# 11007-A
            This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-09 grade level, incumbent performs assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. Recommend the appropriate contract type or contract method service being procured. Prepare to procure products or services to meet customer needs. Develop acquisition plans for applicable requirements. Review statements of work to ensure they adequately describe requirements. Educate and guide customers through their procurement process to ensure they understand how their needs will be met. Interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to address acquisition issues. Negotiate with vendors to acquire products or services or to address technical requirements, cost/procing, or other terms and conditions. Review vendor submissions to determine acceptability and compliance with solicitation requirements. Determine competitive range of proposals in relation to solicitation evaluation factors. Establish pre-negotiation objectives on price/cost/technical factors to prepare negotiation strategies. Determine vendor responsibility and suitability for award (e.g., review contractor financial resources, business acumen, past performance, and business ethics). Establish and monitor acquisition milestones to ensure progress toward award. Prepare award documents, including clearances, compliance checks, and notifications. Serve as contract administrator on awarded contracts. Monitor contractor's performance, either directly, or through a Contracting Officer Representative (COR), against established criteria (e.g., delivery progress and deadlines, performance of personnel, cost containment, and quality control) to determine if requirements are being met. Resolve contract discrepancies between interested parties utilizing appropriate regulations, policies, and business judgement. Perform contract closeout actions (e.g., approval of final payments, archival of records). Provide guidance to customers and stakeholders on contracting requirements. Work with customers and stakeholders involved in the acquisition process (e.g., legal counsel, program or technical specialists) to communicate and establish expectations. Use customer feedback to identify opportunities to improve services. Communicate, both in person and in writing, acquisition strategies to internal or external parties. Verbally negotiate acquisition prices, terms and conditions


            Conditions of Employment
            You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
            Subject to a background/suitability investigation
            Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
            May serve a probationary period
            Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
            A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
            Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

            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.

            This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until the service requests it be closed. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be 15 business days after September 10, 2021. The first 50 applicants will be reviewed. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.


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

            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.

            Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12.

            Specialized Experience GS-11:
            Applicants have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience includes experience with: Federal Acquisition regulations (or similar), VA Acquisition regulations (or similar), contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration including change orders, supplemental agreements, terminations, claims, and close out of contracts; Various types of contracts including firm-fixed price, firm-fixed price with economic price adjustments, and cost reimbursement, and contract methods to include simplified acquisitions, sealed bidding, negotiations, cost sharing, multiple awards, commercial items, and special provisions; Cost/price analysis techniques used in evaluation of contractor proposals, change order proposals and to conduct negotiations; Negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements; Contract administration principles and practices sufficient to monitor contractor performance and compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract.


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


            A combination of specialized experience and graduate education that equates to 100% of the requirements for the GS-11 (only graduate education in excess of 2 years, 36 semester hours, can be used towards crediting a combination of education and experience).

            Specialized Experience GS:9
            Applicants have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience includes experience with: Acquisition regulations, contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration; Various types of contracts and contract methods; Negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms, and conditions, contract modifications and settlements; Commercial and industrial business practices to identify sources..... click apply for full job details

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, Gilbert , Contract Specialist (direct Hire Authority), Other , Gilbert, Arizona

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