Western Area Power Administration Contract Specialist in United States
Summary This position is part of the WAPA Headquarters. As a Contract Specialist, you will be responsible for pre and post-award functions on simplified and complex, multidisciplinary supply, service, Architect & Engineering (A&E), and agreements in support of WAPA's mission responsibilities. *This is not a remote position, the incumbent will be required to be present 2 days a pay-period at the office. Pay will be set at the location of the selectee. Responsibilities The incumbent plans, negotiates, awards, and administers simple and complex procurements inclusive of all types under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Explores new or innovative contracting approaches to arrive at equitable, effective, and efficient contract arrangements; advises and assists program officials in market research; preparation of statements of work, performance work statements, statements of objectives, and other purchase requirement documents; conducts pre-proposal conferences; obtains appropriate data from business and technical officials; prepares determinations and findings and solicitation documents; issues necessary amendments; performs analyses of all elements of cost in contractor proposals; makes competitive range determinations; and performs the full scope of contracting activities from identification of a need through to contract close-out. Plans and negotiation strategies: coordinates procurement actions with necessary personnel and executes necessary procurement awards to support the mission and operational needs of the Agency. Performs contract administration. Responsibilities include incremental funding, coordination of time extensions, incorporation of change orders, stop work orders, cure notices, or show cause letters, processing claims, disputes, termination for convenience or cause, direction of Contracting Officer Representatives (COR), approval of payments, final payment and contract close out. Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. This employer participates in the e-Verify program. Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation. May be required to successfully complete a probationary period. Qualifications Basic Requirements for GS-12 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. Note - For positions at GS-7 through GS-12, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph A or B, above. 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 - Candidates MUST be Contracting Level II certified within 24 months from the date of hire OR the date the candidate will meet the FAC-C experience standard for Level II, whichever occurs later. For more information see: https://www.fai.gov/certification/contracting-fac-c It would be your best interest to provide your FAC-C certificate, however it is not required. In addition to the Basic Requirements you must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements listed below for the position by the closing date of the announcement. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience in the full range of contracting activities to include solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, award, administration and close-out of contracts. This experience may have been gained through such activities as developing solicitation documentation, formal advertising, and contract administration, utilizing negotiation techniques, on competitive or sole source, fixed price, time-and-materials, labor-hour contracts, indefinite-delivery contracts, and multiple award schedule type contracts. Time-in-Grade: Current career or career-conditional GS employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional GS employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current career or career-conditional federal employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Education This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Basic Requirements for GS-12 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. *Transcripts Must be provided or you will be considered ineligible. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website. Additional Information The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE. For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit: www.telework.gov Upon reporting, and annually thereafter, the selectee may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification. These certifications may be subject to public disclosure. The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive. Occasional travel of up to 10% annually is required; with overnight travel possible during all or part of that time. Certification at Contracting Level II via the Federal Acquisition Institute (Federal Acquisition Contracting-Certification (FAC-C), or the Defense Acquisition University (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) is required and must be maintained by the incumbent. If the incumbent does not hold this level of certification at the time of appointment, it must be obtained within 24 months from the date of hire. More than one selection may be made from this vacancy.