DHS Headquarters Contract Specialist in Tucson, Arizona

DHS Headquarters
Many vacancies in the following locations:
  • Tucson, AZ
  • San Diego, CA
  • Washington DC, DC
  • Glynco, GA
  • Indianapolis, IN More Locations (27)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 9/2/2016 (50 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/1/2017 (314 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform a full range of planning, directing, and administering the most complex and major acquisitions which are Department-wide in scope.

These positions are located in multiple components throughout the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

*This announcement is issued under the direct-hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. *

Veterans Preference: Veterans Preference does not apply to selections made using the Direct Hire Authority. Veterans candidates will be considered along with all other applicants that apply.

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.

Multiple positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. While all positions will be filled in the Department of Homeland Security, multiple Components and Offices within DHS may use this announcement to fill positions.

Locations: Vacancies are located throughout DC, Maryland, Virginia, and various other locations throughout the U.S.

There will be cut-off dates for this job opportunity announcement. All applications received on or before the cut-off date will be reviewed at that time, so certificates of eligibles can be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and potential interviews. Dates have been set as:

October 11, 2016

December 5, 2016

March 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

September 1, 2017


As a leading DHS expert in the field of acquisition, serve as the Innovative/Flexible Business Advisor for program officials on all acquisition and contract administrative matters affecting the major procurement of supplies, services including research and development using formal advertising or negotiation procedures.

Serve as a Contracting Officer authorized to solicit proposals, negotiate, enter into, execute, and administer/terminate the most complex and sensitive public contracts for DHS.

Perform contract administration functions, such as verifying evidence of contractor's progress, negotiating modifications, issuing termination notices, reviewing contract claims, and conducting contract closeouts.

Manage complex, sensitive, critical, and precedent-setting DHS procurement programs and initiatives that serve as a guide for other DHS procurement activities.

Perform detailed cost and price analysis.

Lead Integrated Project teams (IPT) to successful outcomes meeting critical mission requirements within schedule and cost.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Suitability security clearance.
  • This position may be subject to random drug testing.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for this position you must meet the basic requirements below. (You must submit a college transcript, which verifies this information.)

Basic Education Requirement:

A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including 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 successfully perform the duties of the position.


B. 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.

C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be 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 under Paragraph D.

D. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B 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. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, 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.

Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that has provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

To qualify for the GS-15, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level. For this position, specialized experience is managing complex and major acquisitions department-wide which includes planning and directing acquisitions, advising on all acquisition and administrative matters, and interfacing with senior management on program administration and procurement operations. Such experience includes: managing complex, sensitive, mission critical, and precedent-setting Department procurement programs and initiatives that serve as a best practice for other Department procurement activities; serving as the Innovative/flexible business advisor for program officials on all acquisition and administrative matters affecting the major procurement of supplies and services; serving as a Contracting Officer authorized to solicit proposals, negotiate, enter into, execute, and administer/terminate the most complex and Procurement sensitive public contracts for the department; and providing authoritative recommendations to improve procurement operations and customer service.

To qualify for the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level. For this position, specialized experience is providing a full range of planning, directing, and administrating the most complex and major acquisitions department-wide; providing guidance and advice on contracting matters, including cost and pricing, and conducts compliance reviews of the procurement matters across the organization; and performing contract administration functions. Such experience include: explaining legal and regulatory requirements and unique contract terms and conditions which impact significant procurement issues; determining the contract methods to be used and develops the unique/complex terms and conditions for the solicitation to be issued; performing detailed analyses of contract cost and pricing issues or contractor claims or proposals; verifying evidence of contractor's progress, negotiating modifications, issuing termination notices, reviewing contract claims, and conducting contract closeouts.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: 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). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SUITABILITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this NON-SENSITIVE LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and potential interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 60 after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here


DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/contentmultiimage0016.shtm."

Other Information

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-15.

This position may be filled at the GS-14 or GS-15 level. If selection is made at the GS-14 level, promotion to the GS-15 level may occur without further competition.

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

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

Veterans, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans. If you are a person with disabilities see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities, you may qualify for a Schedule A appointment (a special authority used to hire people with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities who have documentation from a licensed medical professional or other entity (such as rehab counselor)? If you qualify for Schedule A, you must submit appropriate documentation. For more information to determine your eligibility or to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, you may click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

All applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters may be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal use of drugs prior to receiving a final offer of employment. A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1102-14/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448177100

Job Announcement Number: DHSHQ16-1762097-CP