Contract Specialist Title Job in SPRINGFIELD, IL

Vacancy No. IL-10935810-AR-20-302 Department Army National Guard Units
Salary $76,721.00 to $99,741.00 Grade 12 to 12
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 10/14/2020 Close Date 12/31/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
SPRINGFIELD, IL

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 10/14/2020 to 09/30/2021

  • Service

    Excepted

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12

  • Salary

    $76,721 to $99,741 per year

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Springfield, IL 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This is an open continuous announcement. Recruitment will continue through the announcement closing date until the position is filled. The next applicant pull date will be 19 January 2021.

Announcement number

IL-10935810-AR-20-302

Control number

581601800

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.

    This National Guard position is for a CONTRACT SPECIALIST (Title 5), Position Description Number T5201P01 and is part of the IL USPFO, National Guard.

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    Responsibilities

    As a CONTRACT SPECIALIST (Title 5), GS-1102-12, you will provide sound business advice in the planning and execution of pre-award functions, using a wide range of common contracting methods and contract types, to assist in the procurement of standard or specialized services, commodities, and/or construction within an operational contracting office.

    • Plan an overall approach to meet contracting program objectives for procuring a wide variety of requirements.
    • Perform market research and analysis to determine the availability of the requirement, analyze market trends, commercial practices, conditions, and technological advances and determine the source to be solicited.
    • Determine appropriate methods of procurement using a wide range of contracting methods and contract types.
    • Select appropriate contracting approaches, techniques, and procedures to solve a variety of acquisition problems.
    • Analyze contracting issues and recommend best course of action.
    • Perform acquisition planning to develop market research, acquisition strategy, milestones, evaluation/source selection criteria, and/or incentive or award fee provisions, as applicable.
    • Plan and carry out the work, selecting the approaches and techniques to be used, and determine actions to be taken on assigned contracts.
    • Apply all statutory requirements including regulations, policies, procedures, business and industry practices, market trends, public law, case law, and precedents to all acquisitions.
    • Ensure price schedules are properly structured, prepare solicitations, determine sources to be solicited, issue solicitations and amendments, and determine acceptability of offers based on an analysis of financial and technical information gained.
    • Prepare final contracts to include appropriate standard clauses and special provisions, final pricing and payment terms, and incentives.
    • Execute post-award contract performance management actions on assigned contracts.
    • Monitor and evaluate contract performance for compliance with terms and conditions of contracts and ensure timely submission of technical progress reports and performance metrics.
    • Make field site visits to detect and/or correct labor standards violations, take appropriate action to expedite delivery or performance when required by mission.
    • Review contractor invoices for completeness, allowability, allocability, use of proper approved rates and conformance with contract terms and conditions, and approve/disapprove and certify for payment.
    • Prepare contract modifications, administrative change orders, and supporting documents for all contract actions including termination.
    • Determine liquidated or actual damages for nonperformance and/or recommend termination action.
    • Review completed official contact files to determine that all contractual actions are satisfied, that there are no pending administrative actions to be resolved, and that the contract is complete in every respect and is ready to be closed.
    • Provide business advice and guidance to technical personnel and others on contracting work and prepare correspondence.
    • Provide advice, guidance, training, and assistance to technical or program personnel, functional commanders, and/or contractors on contractual language, legal responsibilities, and acquisition and business related issues.
    **This is NOT an all-inclusive list of duties.**

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment

    • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
    • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program.
    • May be required to travel by military or commercial aircraft in the performance of TDY assignments.
    • May be required to work overtime.
    • Required to handle and safeguard sensitive and/or classified information in accordance with regulations to reduce potential compromise.
    • The incumbent must meet the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements applicable to the duties of the position.
    • Contracting Level II required for assignment as GS-12.
    • Contracting Level III must be obtained within 24 months of appointment.
    • The incumbent must meet the continuing acquisition education requirements IAW Dodi 5000.66 paragraph E2.2.8.
    • In accordance with the Ethics in Government Act, 1978, incumbent is required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
    • The incumbent must obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance.
    • May be required to pass the Contracting Officer Review Board (CORB) and hold a warrant.
    • This position is designated as Essential Personnel and may be subject to duty in preparation for, or in response to, a state emergency or disaster declaration. This designation will not exceed 14 calendar days per year unless otherwise approved in advance by the TAG.
    • ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE ATTACHED TO APPLICATION TO RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
    • Recruitment and relocation incentives may be available for this position.
    • PCS expenses may be authorized.

    Qualifications
    Positive Education Requirement: You must possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. (Please note: You must submit an official copy of your transcripts.)

    GENERAL EXPERIENCE: All on-board Title 5 Excepted Service employees assigned to Series GS-1102 positions, must be certified at the next higher grade-level before considered as eligible for merit promotions to that level; and must have a minimum of one year on-the-job experience in the grade immediately below the next higher level. However, a new hire applicant must have competent experiences that are commensurate/ equivalent to the contracting program business with demonstrated understandings of the complex principles and concepts defined by the NG Title 5 Excepted Service Series GS-1102 positions. To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as it relates to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

    Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Must have a minimum of one year on-the-job experience in the grade immediately below the next higher level. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-12 Level - Must have 12 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service which includes broadening contracting experiences and competencies that provided an expanded expertise in contracting principles and procedures to include the following tasks: Developing and Negotiating Positions, Advanced Cost/Price Analysis, Contract Termination, and Procurement Policies.; AND must possess the required Level Two Certification.

    Based on the Education and Certification Requirements for this Series, NO Substitutions of Bachelor's Degree Education for Specialized Experiences are Allowed for the NG Title 5 Excepted Service Series GS-1102 Positions.

    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.

    Verbiage displayed on your resume or application must contain your own words. You may refer to position descriptions, i.e. the general and specialized experience located within the vacancy announcement, to assist with describing work experiences; however, resumes or applications received in verbatim will not be considered. In your resume you will need to address the general and specialized experience listed below. Please use as much detail as needed, giving dates (months and years) of the experience, position title and how the experience was gained. This information is needed to determine if you are qualified for the position.
    Education

    Positive Education Requirement: You must possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. (Please note: You must submit an official copy of your transcripts.)

    Based on the Education and Certification Requirements for this Series, NO Substitutions of Bachelor's Degree Education for Specialized Experiences are Allowed for the NG Title 5 Excepted Service Series GS-1102 Positions.

    You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.

    PLEASE 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). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    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://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Attention to Detail
    • Contracting/Procurement
    • Decision Making
    • Planning and Evaluating

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Resume - (Must not exceed 15 pages in length. Resumes over the 15-page limit will not be reviewed.) Your resume that clearly demonstrates experience that meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section. Your resume must contain identifiable information such as your name, address, and phone number. It must also show your work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed. If you use Resume Builder, you are encouraged to save your resume to a Word document and upload the Word document in lieu of submitting your resume created through Resume Builder. This helps ensure you meet the 15-page resume limit.

    2. Other supporting documents: The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50 (current and former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or documentation to support a Reinstatement Eligible claim. You will not be contacted for additional information.

    • DD-214
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcripts (Copy of Official-Unaltered) ***Required***
    • Certifications ***Required***
    It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    Documents NOT accepted: photographs, copies of position descriptions, training certificates, performance ratings, awards and letters of appreciation.

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.abc.army.mil/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application/Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To view the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10935810

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

    You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.


    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Agency contact information Lauralee Smith Lauralee Smith
    Address

    IL USPFO
    1301 N MacArthur Blvd
    Springfield, IL 62702
    US
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    THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.

    The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your states and your community!

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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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