National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Contract Specialist, GS-1102-14 (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 Monday 3/14/2016 (223 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/12/2016 (50 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This announcement is being amended to extend the closing date through December 12, 2016 and to clarify the qualification requirements.

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, Wednesday, March 23, 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 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-1102-14 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).

The individual selected for this position will:

  • Conduct pre- and post-award functions on simplified and complex, multidisciplinary contracts and agreements in support of the long-term mission responsibilities of the Division
  • 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; and/or
  • Review, advise on, develop and recommend operating unit-wide or agency-wide procurement processes and systems, procedures and policies or equivalent assignment;
  • Conduct meetings with contractors on sensitive and/or acquisition related issues as an authoritative contractual representative when warranted; and
  • 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 (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • If selected, required to complete OGE Form 450 financial disclosure.

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.


A. Training: Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the Department of Commerce for progression to the GS-13 or higher level contracting positions or equivalent. For more information, please see the “Other Information Section”

*Candidates who do not meet the mandatory training requirements may be considered for a waiver in accordance with the GS-1102 qualification standard. If approved for a waiver, candidates may be granted up to 24 months to complete the required training.

Applicants currently holding a FAC-C/DAWIA Level II or III certification are considered to have met all mandatory training requirements for this announcement. You must submit your certification with your application package. Selectees holding a FAC-C/DAWIA Level II certification will be required to complete all prescribed mandatory training to become certified FAC-C Level III within 24 months of employment.


B.* Experience*: At least 4 years of 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.


C. Education: 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 at grades 13 and above are 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. This exception does not apply if there was a break in service after January 1, 2000.

Waiver: When responding to question one, select response 'C' if you have or would require a waiver to the training requirements. When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of NOAA, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraph A 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. 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. Waivers will only be granted in rare and unusual circumstances such as when there are no qualified candidates readily available.

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

IN ADDITION TO THE INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL 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-14 level:

Specialized experience:One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level of the Federal service is defined as experience:

  • Providing authoritative guidance to senior level officials and contractors on the delivery of high quality goods and services; and
  • Implementing, evaluating, and administering the full range of pre-award and post-award activities utilizing various types of contracts associated with the acquisition of a range of complex and specialized 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 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.

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Other Information

The following list includes the 18 training courses required by the Department of Commerce:

  • CON 100 or FCN 101 or DAU equivalent
  • CON 121
  • CON 124
  • CON 127
  • FAC 023
  • FAC 031
  • CLC 057
  • CLC 058
  • CON 170
  • CON 090 or FCN 190
  • CON 200 or DAU equivalent
  • CON 216 or DAU equivalent
  • CLC 056
  • CON 270
  • CLC 051
  • HBS 428
  • CON 280
  • CON 290 Applicants MUST submit a copy of their course certifications with their application materials. For more information regarding the Department of Commerce Acquisition Program please visit: Department of Commerce Acquisition Program Manual.

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: $99,785.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1102-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 432455500

Job Announcement Number: SO-AGO-2016-0010