Supervisory Contract Specialist Vacancy at NIH


As the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Office of Acquisitions (OA) and Consolidated Operations Acquisitions Center, you will support the NLM in addition to a host of Institutes/Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As the Director, you will provide leadership and strategic vision, program oversight, resource planning and evaluation, as well as acquisition management as follows:

  • Oversee an overall program of acquisitions with an annual value of approximately $700 million involving complex information technology requirements and a full range of simplified, station support, and research and development contracting.
  • Exercise delegated authority for a full range of acquisition activities including pre-solicitation, solicitation, negotiation, award, post-award administration, termination and close-out.
  • Develop policies and procedures on all aspects of an acquisition programs and review a wide range of acquisitions that are highly specialized and complex to ensure full compliance with applicable regulatory and policy requirements.
  • Provide leadership and direct the activities of professional and support staff as well as coordinate and oversee the work of the subordinate staff.
  • Provide authoritative advice to NLM senior management and to other NIH senior officials in the planning and management of acquisitions programs.


Basic Requirements: You must have completed 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; OR occupied a GS-1102-15 position since at least January 1, 2000. In addition, you must have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to the GS-14 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.

In addition to the basic requirements: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at the least the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service includes: Providing leadership and direction in managing and overseeing an acquisition workforce performing contract administration and negotiation work; ensuring that policy, practices and procedures are in compliance and in accordance with applicable acquisition management laws, rules, regulations and agency policy; and representing the organization at high level conferences and meetings.

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