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Contract specialist

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Department Of Homeland Security
Permanent Full Time
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.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America''s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at /.
Join our growing team of acquisition professionals at the USCIS Office of Contracting as every day, our Contract Specialists negotiate the acquisition of equipment and services of significant importance to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This position of CONTRACT SPECIALIST starts at a salary of $39,179.00(GS-07 step 1), to $90,344.00 (GS-12 step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Contracting, Williston, VT, within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
ABOUT THE AREA: We are located in the Burlington Metropolitan Area in Northwest Vermont, minutes from Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. The area offers a high quality of life, low crime rates, and an abundance of outdoor activities and is ranked number 2 on Kiplinger''s Magazine list of 10 Great Places to Live for small to midsize cities. For more information, visit and Kiplinger''s Ranking.
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This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority to recruit for positions for which the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Contracting has a critical hiring need.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.
Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure You must pass a drug screening Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements You must submit resume and supporting documentation Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.
As a Contract Specialist, you will:
Acquire equipment and services of significant importance to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Solicit, negotiate, administer, close out and terminate purchase orders and contracts for a wide variety of commodities including: furniture, telecommunication equipment, and various services and maintenance efforts.
Develop, implement, and review contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis, and a wide variety of procurement activities.
GS-7: You qualify at the GS-7 level if you meet the basic requirements and possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These duties are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled; these include:
Reviewing purchase requisitions for correct description, appropriate funds approval, and any special shipping, marking or other instructions; researching appropriate sources of supply; contacting vendors to obtain information on prices, availability, discounts, methods of shipment and other special provision; preparing requests for quotes or proposals for requirements and evaluating bids and proposals; making recommendations of award and repairing procurement documents. OR
You may substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required. You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor''s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. OR
You may substitute successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education in a qualifying field for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. (A course of study in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management is qualifying.) Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.
GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you meet the basic requirements and possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These duties are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. In addition to the requirements at the lower grade levels you must have experience in:
Reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses and coordinating contracting activities with other agencies having interrelated requirements. OR
You may substitute successful completion of a master''s (or equivalent graduate) degree or 2 full years of graduate education in a qualifying field or a L.L.B./J.D. degree for the experience required at the GS-9 grade level. (A course of study in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management is qualifying.) Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.
GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you meet the basic requirements and possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These duties are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. In addition to the requirements at the lower grade levels you must have experience in:
Planning and carrying out pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis, and other related staff functions in a relatively standardized or controlled work situation using established contracting procedures, including more involved developmental assignments. OR
You may substitute successful completion of a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) or 3 full years of graduate education in a qualifying field for the experience required at the GS-9 grade level. (A course of study in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management is qualifying.) Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours.
GS-12: You qualify at the GS-12 level if you meet the basic requirements and possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These duties are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. In addition to the requirements at the lower grade levels you must have experience in:
Assisting managers in defining their acquisition needs and sources for obtaining them.
Developing sources for supplying goods and/or services, identifying specifications, conducting market reviews, preparing analyses of prices/costs of services or products, including work with a wide range of contracting methods and contract types to plan and carry out pre-award and post-award procurement actions.
COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. For more information on combining education and experience, visit the following website: /#url=List-by-Occupational-Series.
Exception: If you have occupied a position in the GS-1102 series since January 1, 2000, you meet the basic education requirements for that position. If you presently occupy a GS-1102 position at grades 7 through 12, you meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at the GS-12 level. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, you still must meet all specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Friday, June 06, 2014).
Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.
Basic Education Requirement: (GS-7 through GS-12) A. 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor''s degree with a major in any field; OR B. 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.
Note: Transcripts are required to show proof of meeting the above education requirement.
Under the provisions of the Direct Hire Authority, veterans'' preference and category rating do not apply. However, you are encouraged to submit proof of veterans'' preference.
We will review your r sum and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements regarding experience, education and training.
The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
ORAL COMMUNICATION
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
NEGOTIATION
RESEARCH SKILLS
TECHNICAL CONTRACTING EXPERIENCE
ANALYTICAL SKILLS
TEAMWORK
NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM''s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, June 06, 2014. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to . You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found here.
If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions. Applications will not be accepted by mail.
_To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents_ :
If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please _do not_ FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:
Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
Make sure that you include the 7-character vacancy identification number: _ " _ _1132115"_ .
Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
Print your SSN and Name neatly using the _exact name_ as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
The fax number is .
Your resum
Are you qualifying based on education? You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click thislink.
Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:
a copy of your agency notice,
a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). 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 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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 and select "benefits."
Background Investigation : To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, this position requires completion and adjudication of a background investigation. This may include a review of 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. The background investigation process is initiated after a selection is made.
If a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance is needed, all selected candidates must meet the requirements for these clearances prior to placement AND maintain that level of clearance while encumbering the position.
USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

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