DHS Headquarters Contract Specialist in Tucson, Arizona
Many vacancies in the following locations:
- Tucson, AZ
- Alameda, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Washington DC, DC More Locations (36)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Friday 9/2/2016 (51 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 9/1/2017 (313 day(s) away)
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 contract specialist work related to the acquisition of goods and services to support the programs and operations of the Department of Homeland Security and its subordinate organizational elements.
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. *
Qualification Requirement: Please note, in order to qualify on the basis of graduate education, graduate education must be in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management."
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.
You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret, Top Secret, or Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
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 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 for internal customer specific requirements and department-wide mission requirements.
Evaluates quotes, proposal and bids, performing cost/price analysis, obtains audits and pricing reports, negotiates price and/or technical issues, and ensures that contractors are eligible for award and prepares documentation.
Performs contract administration functions, such as verifying invoices, contractor performance, evidence of contractor's progress, negotiating modifications, issuing termination notices, reviewing contract claims, and conducting all contract closeout procedures.
Reviews actions to ensure that they have been taken to safeguard the interest of the DHS in its contractual relationships.
- Not Required
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- This position may be subject to random drug testing.
POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
QUALIFICATIONS: 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: (You must submit a college transcript, which verifies this information.)
- 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;
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. For this position 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. Such experience include: reviewing the procurement request for completeness, obtaining additional information from the requirements offices, preparing the invitation for bid, identifying sources of supply, preparing administrative change order documents and supporting memoranda, reviewing contractor's requests for payment for compliance with specific contract terms, and making initial review of inventories in termination actions.
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. For this position specialized experience is 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. Such experience include: preparing file documentation, solicitation document, identifies sources of supply, promotes competition, determines price reasonableness, solicits quotes and proposals, negotiates with potential contractors, and prepares the appropriate award vehicle and file documentation for approval.
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. For this position, specialized experience is 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. Such experience includes: planning, executing, administering, and terminating complex contracts through the use of formal advertising or negotiation procedures; evaluating proposals, negotiating costs/prices and terms and conditions with offerers/contractors, and ensuring that awards are within applicable laws and regulations.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-13:
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for this position you must meet the basic requirements below: (You must submit a college transcript, which verifies this information.)
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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 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. For this position, specialized experience is 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. Such experience include: negotiation, awarding and administration of varied requirements involving overall planning and coordinating activities performed on a variety of complex contracts associated with the procurement of equipment, supplies, and services; analysts of alternative contracting methods that are in the best interest of the Department: and incorporation of contract provisions, clauses, and special provisions to satisfy unique contract proposals.
TRAINING REQUIREMENT: A. Completion of all mandatory Level II and Level III training prescribed by the department 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. 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 C.
C. 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 C, 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.
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.
Graduate Education. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
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. Depending on the position you are selected for, the background investigation you must undergo could be for either of the following:
a. SUITABILITY clearance as a condition of placement in a NONSENSITIVE position;
b. SECRET clearance as a condition of placement in a NONCRITICAL position;
c. TOP SECRET clearance as a condition of placement in a CRITICAL position; OR
d.TOP SECRET/SCI clearance as a condition of placement in a SPECIAL SENSITIVE 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.
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."
Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS- GS-13.
This position may be filled at the GS-9, GS-11, GS-12, or GS-13 level. If selection is made at the GS-12 level and below, promotion to the next grade level may occur without further competition.
Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
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: $53,435.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-1102-09/13
Promotion Potential: 13
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 448244200
Job Announcement Number: DHSHQ16-1779194-CP