National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Contract Specialist, GS-1102-09/11/12 (Direct Hire) in Boulder, Colorado

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Boulder, CO
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Seattle, WA
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 3/18/2016 (338 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 3/13/2017 (22 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

This announcement is being amended to extend the closing date through March 13, 2017.

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

This position is located in the NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO), a corporate staff office of the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). AGO acquires products and services and awards the financial assistance necessary to meet the mission and goals of NOAA. Through the award of contracts and grants, AGO administers more than half the NOAA outlay each year. AGO plans, designs and coordinates acquisition and grants standards, practices, and procedures for all NOAA offices and their subordinate entities. It provides program direction and guidance to the NOAA headquarters and field procurement and grants organizations. AGO awards and administers all NOAA acquisition and financial assistance transactions and it provides acquisition and financial assistance services to DOC operating units and services other Federal agencies on a reimbursable basis.

Salary ranges will vary based on the location. Please visit: OPM Salary Charts for specific salary information related to a specific location.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: The first referral of candidates from this announcement will be made from applications received by 11:59 PM EST, Monday, March 28, 2016. Subsequent cut off dates may be established.

Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.

  • A one year probationary/trial period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
  • Positions in Boulder, Co are in a bargaining unit. All other positions are not in a bargaining unit. NOTES: *This vacancy may be used to fill other Contract Specialist, GS-1102-09/11/12 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).
Duties

At the full performance level, GS-12, the individual selected for this position will serve as a Senior Contract Specialist. The individual will:

  • Perform complex research and development, critical state-of-the-art or scarce requirements, advanced studies and other similar procurements of a highly specialized nature within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as other bureaus within the Department of Commerce (DoC).
  • Planning, negotiations, awards, modifications, and settlement of claims and terminations of assigned procurements.
  • Manage assigned contracts, leases, grants, and interagency and cooperative agreements within NOAA and DoC;
  • Use a wide variety of cost and fixed-price contracts and multi-year contracts;
  • Develop and/or review complex pricing arrangements;
  • Audit or review major acquisitions of similar complexity, present findings, recommend corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements;
  • Conduct meetings with contractors on sensitive and/or acquisition related issues as a contractual representative when warranted;
  • Advise next level management on the status of procurement actions, including problems encountered and proposed solutions.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required up to 15%.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • If selected, required to complete OGE Form 450 financial disclosure.
Qualifications

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: Contract Specialist.

This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

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

OR

B. 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. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

*SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION - All documentation supporting the Basic Education Requirement MUST be submitted with your application package. Failure to submit documentation may result in an ineligible status.

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

To qualify at the GS-09 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to theGS-07 level of the Federal service is defined as meeting ALL of the following experience:

  • Performing recurring and developmental contracting assignments in the award, administration and closeout of contracts for goods and services assuring that all activities performed are in compliance with applicable procurement regulations and procedures. OR

EDUCATION: A master’s degree or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, organization and management or LL.B. or J.D., if related

OR

COMBINATION: A combination of graduate level education, beyond the first year, 18 semester hours, in a related field or study as described above and specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify at the GS-11 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to theGS-09 level of the Federal service is defined as meeting ALL of the following experience:

  • Performing independent contracting assignments in the award, administration and closeout of contracts for goods and services assuring that all activities performed are in compliance with applicable procurement regulations and procedures. OR

* EDUCATION:* Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management or 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

OR

* COMBINATION:* A combination of graduate level education, beyond two years, or 36 semester hours, in a related field or study and specialized experience that together, meet the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify at the GS-12 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level of the Federal service is defined as meeting ALL of the following experience:

  • Applying contracting regulations, procedures, and methods to the solicitation, negotiation, award, administration and closeout of varied contracts associated with the acquisition of a wide variety of goods and services assuring that all activities performed are in compliance with applicable procurement regulations and procedures. *College Transcript:Applicants MUSTsubmit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.*

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.**

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected.
BENEFITS

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Other Information

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have met the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Career Transition Guide.

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  5. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;

  6. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  7. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  8. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

Salary Range: $49,765.00 to $103,639.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1102-09/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals.

Control Number: 432457900

Job Announcement Number: SO-AGO-2016-0014