Contract Specialist (Direct Hire Authority) Temporary Appointment, Nte 2 Years

Veterans Health Administration | March AFB, CA

Posted Date 10/13/2021

Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Contract Specialist (Direct Hire Authority) Temporary Appointment, NTE 2 Years/11007-A
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Authorized
Telework: Yes, at the discretion of the supervisor
Virtual Position: No
Financial Disclosure: Required

This recruitment is for one position with the Regional Procurement Office (RPO) West, Network Contracting Office located at one of the following locations:
  • Gilbert, Arizona
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Long Beach, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • March AFB, California
  • North Hills, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
Contract Specialist/PD# 11007-A
Recommend the appropriate contract type or contract method service being procured. Prepare to procure products or services to meet customer needs. Develop acquisition plans for applicable requirements. Review statements of work to ensure they adequately describe requirements. Educate and guide customers through their procurement process to ensure they understand how their needs will be met. Interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to address acquisition issues. Negotiate with vendors to acquire products or services or to address technical requirements, cost/procing, or other terms and conditions. Review vendor submissions to determine acceptability and compliance with solicitation requirements. Determine competitive range of proposals in relation to solicitation evaluation factors. Establish pre-negotiation objectives on price/cost/technical factors to prepare negotiation strategies. Determine vendor responsibility and suitability for award (e.g., review contractor financial resources, business acumen, past performance, and business ethics). Establish and monitor acquisition milestones to ensure progress toward award. Prepare award documents, including clearances, compliance checks, and notifications. Serve as contract administrator on awarded contracts. Monitor contractor's performance, either directly, or through a Contracting Officer Representative (COR), against established criteria (e.g., delivery progress and deadlines, performance of personnel, cost containment, and quality control) to determine if requirements are being met. Resolve contract discrepancies between interested parties utilizing appropriate regulations, policies, and business judgement. Perform contract closeout actions (e.g., approval of final payments, archival of records). Provide guidance to customers and stakeholders on contracting requirements. Work with customers and stakeholders involved in the acquisition process (e.g., legal counsel, program or technical specialists) to communicate and establish expectations. Use customer feedback to identify opportunities to improve services. Communicate, both in person and in writing, acquisition strategies to internal or external parties. Verbally negotiate acquisition prices, terms and conditions

Must meet all eligibility requirements to receive and maintain a Level ll FAC-C certification.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirement: 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.

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.

Specialized Experience GS-11:
Applicants have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience includes experience with: Federal Acquisition regulations (or similar), VA Acquisition regulations (or similar), contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration including change orders, supplemental agreements, terminations, claims, and close out of contracts; Various types of contracts including firm-fixed price, firm-fixed price with economic price adjustments, and cost reimbursement, and contract methods to include simplified acquisitions, sealed bidding, negotiations, cost sharing, multiple awards, commercial items, and special provisions; Cost/price analysis techniques used in evaluation of contractor proposals, change order proposals and to conduct negotiations; Negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements; Contract administration principles and practices sufficient to monitor contractor performance and compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract.


3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


A combination of specialized experience and graduate education that equates to 100% of the requirements for the GS-11 (only graduate education in excess of 2 years, 36 semester hours, can be used towards crediting a combination of education and experience).

To qualify for Contract Specialist GS-11 position 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.

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; religions; 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.

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