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    Job Title: Contract Specialist

    Department: Department Of Homeland Security

    Agency: DHS Headquarters

    Sub Agency: Office of Procurement Operations

    Job Announcement Number: DHSHQ11-399072-PO

    SALARY RANGE:

    $51,630.00 – $155,500.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Friday, October 01, 2010 to Friday, September 30, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    GS-1102-09/15

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full-Time

    Permanent

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    15 Full Performance Level is dependent upon position placement.

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    Many vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals.

    This announcement is issued under the direct-hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.

    JOB SUMMARY:

    If you want a challenging and rewarding career that supports a critical national mission, protecting the Homeland, look no further than the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Procurement Operations (OPO). Your skills, be they emerging or advanced, are in demand now. At OPO, you will find challenging and rewarding work assignments with opportunities to work on all types of Federal Contracts and Agreements. You will work on an OPO team at the level that fits your experience and training from the quick-turnaround actions of simplified acquisitions to complex, multi-million dollar procurements, and every level of Federal acquisitions in-between. Put your skills to work today for a team dedicated to service excellence.

    Applications received November 1, 2010 will receive first consideration. Subsequent cut-off dates may be established throughout the open period. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their opportunity for consideration.

    Flexible Work Environment: OPO offers maximum workplace flexibility and professional development opportunities through alternative work schedules, tuition assistance program, skills currency assistance, and leadership development activities.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
    • Financial Disclosure Required (OGE450).
    • Relocation Expenses WILL NOT be paid.

    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Many vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    As a Contract Specialist, the primary purpose of this position is to serve as a contract specialist responsible for pre-award and/or post award and to perform or assist in the full range of planning, directing and administration activities for the most complex and major acquisitions which are department-wide in scope.

    The Office of Procurement Operations is subdivided into divisions aligned to meet its specific customer needs. Below is a brief description of OPO Operational Divisions:

    Departmental Operations Acquisitions Division (DOAD) supports the Office of the Secretary of DHS and the Office of the Undersecretary for Management. Specific customers include the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and the Chief Security Officer (CSO). Acquisitions conducted in this division include performance based-products and services, construction services, and facilities management services. This division often handles special projects to support agency-wide initiatives.

    Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Acquisitions Division (DNDOAD) supports the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office which works to develop, acquire and support the deployment and improvement of a domestic system to detect attempts to import, assemble, or transport nuclear explosive devices, fissile material or radiological material intended for illicit use. This division handles a wide range of highly complex research and development acquisitions.

    Information Technology Acquisition Center (ITAC) supports the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). The ITAC mission is to provide cost-effective acquisition and contract administration of all IT products and services that enable the OCIO to achieve its goals and objectives. As necessary, the ITAC works with other OPO divisions and other DHS procurement offices (e.g., TSA, CBP, ICE, etc.) to support the acquisition and management of IT and telecommunications products and services for DHS.

    Intelligence and Operations Acquisitions Division (IOAD) supports the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and the Office of Operations Coordination Center. I&A is a member of the national Intelligence Community (IC) and ensures that information related to homeland security threats is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to the full spectrum of homeland security customers in the Department, at state, local, and tribal levels, in the private sector, and in the IC. The Office of Operations Coordination works to deter, detect, and prevent terrorist acts by coordinating the work of federal, state, territorial, tribal, local, and private sector partners and by collecting and fusing information from a variety of sources.

    National Protection and Programs Acquisitions Division (NPPAD) supports the Undersecretary for Preparedness. The goal of the National Protection and Programs Directorate is to advance the Department’s risk-reduction mission. Reducing risk requires an integrated approach that encompasses both physical and virtual threats and their associated human elements. Programs supported by PPAD include cyber security and communications, infrastructure protection, United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, intergovernmental programs, and national risk management and analysis activities. This division handles a variety of procurement actions using a wide range of the solicitation instruments and contract types described in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

    Office of Health Affairs Acquisitions Division (OHAAD) supports the Office of the Health Affairs (OHA) which serves as the principal agent for the entire Department’s medical and health security matters. OHA also oversees the Department’s biodefense activities; leads a coordinated national architecture for biological and chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) planning and catastrophic incident management; and ensures that Department employees have an effective occupational health and safety program.


    Science and Technology Acquisitions Division (STAD) supports the Office of the Undersecretary for Science and Technology (S&T) which is responsible for investing in research and development activities in the advancement of our defenses to prevent or mitigate the effects of catastrophic terrorism against the
    United States or its allies. The S&T acquisition team handles a wide range of acquisitions to procure research and development services, cutting edge information technology, and performance based services and supplies. It should be noted that because of its unique mission the S&T Division personnel are trained in various types of procurement instruments, including the preparation and processing of grants.

    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-9 THROUGH GS-12: Applicants must meet the basic qualifications and specialized experience as described below.

    BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for this position you must meet the basic requirements below.

    1. 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; AND

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess the Specialized Experience to receive consideration for these positions. Applicants must have one year of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that is equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    To qualify for the GS-9, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education OR master’s degree OR equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. Specialized experience is reviewing contracting or procurement actions to determine that proper specifications/purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; and evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications/purchase descriptions and applicable clauses; or comparable experience.

    To qualify for the GS-11, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level; OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Specialized experience is described as involving the solicitation, analysis of firm fixed-price or similar contracts; and evaluation of contractor, bids and vendor proposals in the procurement of complex supplies, equipment and services; or comparable experience.

    To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as reviewing and administering contracts; and planning and conducting contract price/cost analyses of a variety of pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions to determine cost effectiveness and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; or comparable experience.

    TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-13 THROUGH GS-15:

    A. Applicants shall have a 4-year course of study from an accredited educational institution 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;AND

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess the Specialized Experience to receive consideration for these positions. Applicants must have one year of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that is equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as having key responsibility for formulating contracting approach; planning, administering and conducting detailed contract price/cost analyses; and procuring and securing supplies and services or construction through use of both formally advertised and negotiated procurements; or comparable experience.

    To qualify for the GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining all aspects of the administration of one or more major systems contracts; applying knowledge of a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, staff coordination, and consultation; or comparable experience.

    To qualify for the GS-15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as managing the procurement/contract activities for a large Unit/Department/Branch; plans and coordinates negotiation strategy with staff in a sales dept or a procurement/contract function; develops and implements departmental policies and procedures related to sales, procurement, equipment, supplies, and/or contracts; and analyzes procurement needs of an organization and determines the most economical procurement methods to meet those needs; or comparable experience.

    AND

    TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    GS-13/14/15 Level: Completion of all mandatory Level II and Level III training prescribed by the department for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions. This information may be found at: http://www.fai.gov/certification/specialist.asp.

    DHS training requirements are further defined in Management Directive 781 series. DHS adheres to the mandatory training prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI/FAC-C). The agency may obtain a training waiver for an individual who does not meet the training requirements, so applicants not meeting training requirements are encouraged to apply.

    NOTE:

    Exceptions to Qualification Requirements: (Applicable to Status Applicants Only) As of January 1, 2000, all GS-1102 employees who had continuously encumbered GS-1102 positions are considered to have met the “new” standard for positions they occupy of 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. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at Grades 13, 14, and 15 will be considered to meet the new standard for other GS-1102 positions at their same grade including positions at other agencies. However, in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, the basic and specialized experience requirements must be met unless granted a waiver by the senior procurement executive of the agency.

    Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position at the GS-13 level (or equivalent), the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the education and training requirements 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, 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.

    Additional information on the qualifications requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM’s website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    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 only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit OPM’s website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.

    You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

    This position may be filled at the GS-9/11/12/13/14 or GS-15 level. You should indicate in your application the lowest grade level you will accept. If you do not indicate your lowest acceptable grade level, you will be considered at the one highest grade level for which you are found to be qualified. Dependent upon the position, promotion to the next higher grade level can occur without further competition.The promotion potential of the position will be determined upon extension of a job offer and/or office assignment.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans’ preference does not apply. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements described above and who are otherwise eligible to apply for the position, will be referred for selection consideration.

    Applicants who are displaced Federal employees within the local commuting area who are requesting priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will also be evaluated against the following criteria: Your resume and other applicant information must reflect possession of the knowledge and ability below sufficient to be rated “Well Qualified”:

    1. Skill in planning, developing, and implementing all contractual aspects of major systems contracts and multi-year contracts.
    2. Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and related Government acquisition regulatory and statutory guidance.
    3. Ability to develop contractual terms and conditions, and to serve as a contractual authority and advisor.
    4. Ability to utilize cost/price analysis techniques sufficient to evaluate/negotiate contractor proposals and develop documentation to substantiate Government negotiation positions.
    5. Skill in developing briefing materials, reports, and presentations for senior officials in the public and private sectors.

    Using the Category Rating system, applicants will be evaluated on their total background including experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in the resume/application and any other supporting documents. If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. Based upon the extent and quality of your experience, education and training in relation to the evaluation criteria, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:

    · Best Qualified – Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria.

    · Well Qualified – Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria.

    · Qualified – Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.

    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB.

    Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

    Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci

    New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

    You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

    You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

    You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

    Tele-work / telecommuting may be made available after you have come on board. More info:http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#TELE

    Alternative work schedule options are available.

    If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

    Qualified federal employees may be covered by our child care subsidy program or dependent care flexible spending account. Our human resources office can provide additional information on eligibility. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#CCRS

    You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info:http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    • Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.

    Background Investigation: The tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for aSuitability, Secret, TS or TS/SCI security clearance as a condition of placement/retention in the position. The security level will be determined upon office assignment.

    The Department of Homeland Security is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

    If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). Eligible ICTAP/CTAP employees within the commuting area must (1) submit documentary evidence of eligibility (Reduction-in-Force (RIF) notice or certificate of expected separation or other agency certification), (2) submit all required documents specified in the announcement.

    All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

    The Department of Homeland Security provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process. For information, please visit http://www.opm.gov/disability/reasonableaccommodation.asp

    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law, if selected.

    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

    You MUST submit your resume for this job online to [email protected]. Please include vacancy announcement numberDHSDH11-; and position title Contract Specialist in the subject line and ensure that any additional information is attached in the same email as your resume. Be sure to carefully read this announcement to see if additional information is required and how it should be submitted. You must include:

    · Vacancy announcement number

    · Title, Series, and Grade for the position:

    · Personal Information:

    Name

    Address

    Phone Numbers (home, work, and/or cell)

    Email Address

    Last four digits of your SSN

    (Failure to include the above information may result in non-consideration.)

    All application materials must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time of the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide complete information may result in non-consideration for this position. Please do not submit original documents you may need in the future. Applications will not be returned.

    SUBMIT:

    · Resume or OF-612, “Optional Application for Federal Employment’, or any other written format you choose. Whatever format you use, however, should contain the information requested at the end of this announcement.

    · Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade. If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. TSA employees must provide proof of permanent TSA appointment.

    · Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, including the overall rating. In cases where the performance evaluation is over 12 months old, incomplete or unavailable, the applicant must attach a written explanation of the reasons for unavailability/ incompleteness.

    · A copy of academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. (If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated, and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.)

    CHECKLIST:

    Please be sure to include the following information in your application. (Failure to include this information may result in non-consideration):

    Job Information

    · Announcement number, position title and grade(s) for which you are applying

    Personal Information

    · Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, and e-mail address

    · Last four digits of your Social Security Number

    · Country of citizenship (must be U.S. citizen to be eligible)

    · If you are or were a Federal government employee, please attach your latest SF-50 and attach a copy of your latest performance appraisal as described above under How to Apply.

    Education

    · Colleges and Universities: Name, city, state, major(s), type of degree and year received (or total semester/quarter hours earned)

    · Other educational programs, if relevant. Show dates and total hours of program.

    Job-Related Work Experience

    · Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)

    · Name of employer, supervisor’s name, and supervisor’s telephone number (please indicate if you do not want us to contact your current supervisor)

    · Starting and Ending dates (month and year)

    · Hours worked per week

    · Annual salary

    · Duties and accomplishments including a discussion of the experience and knowledge gained by working specific procurement actions.

    Other Job-Related Qualifications

    · Relevant skills (e.g. foreign languages, computer software/hardware)

    · Relevant training courses

    · Relevant current certificates and licenses

    · Relevant honors, awards, etc. (e.g., memberships in professional and honor societies, publications, leadership activities, performance awards). Give dates, but do not send documents.

    APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO BLACK OUT THE FIRST 5 DIGITS OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY

    NUMBER ON ANY SUPPORTING DOCUMENT(S) SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

    Contact Information:

    Office of Procurement Operations/DHS
    Phone: 202-447-5456
    Email: [email protected]

    Agency Information:
    Department Of Homeland Security
    DO NOT SEND MAIL
    Cubicle 12-052-C
    Washington, DC 20005
    US

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Office of Procurement Operations/DHS
    Phone: 202-447-5456
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Department Of Homeland Security
    DO NOT SEND MAIL
    cubicle 12-052-C
    Washington, DC 20005
    US

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    The process of consideration of applicants may take several weeks.

    For more information, please read OPM’s OF-510, ‘Applying for a Federal Job‘ (.pdf)

    EEO Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

    Veterans Information: http://www.usajobs.gov/vi

    Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg

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