Contract Specialist, GS 12

Company U.S Department Of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Location North Little Rock, AR, United States


Non-practicing Attorney

79363 to 118946



Jul 21, 2022

Nov 03, 2022

Jun 18, 2022


Contract Specialist, GS 12
Duties: The candidate assists the requiring activities by serving as a member of acquisition planning teams. Aids requiring activities in performing market research, reviewing specifications and statements of work, and approving acquisition milestone plans. Responsible for advertising all applicable requirements and preparing the solicitation document using agency contract writing systems for issuance, insuring regulatory and legal sufficiency, and promoting maximum competition. Resolves protests, mistakes in bids, late bid situations and coordinates with the SBA for Certificate of Competencies (COC's). If warranted, serves as the Source Selection Authority (SSA) and establishes Technical Evaluation Boards (TEB) to determine acceptability and ranking of technical proposals. Conducts negotiations for competitive and noncompetitive procurements. Serves as contract administrator on awarded contracts. Conducts post-award conferences with contractor and Government personnel to provide information and to clarify standard and special contractual provisions of the contract. Negotiates required changes to contract conditions to protect the agency. Fully utilizes contract writing system (i.e., Electronic Contract Management System (eCMS)), contract reporting system (i.e., Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)), financial management system (i.e., Integrated Funds Distribution, Control Point Activity, Accounting, and Procurement (IFCAP)) and application suite (i.e., Graphical User Interface (GUI) when applicable), in accordance with agency policies. Perform all pre-award and post-award functions for a wide variety of Architect & Engineering and Construction acquisitions to include building construction and alterations of real property, HVAC upgrades and other renovations. Also provides sound business advice using the procedures outlined in the FAR, VAAR, PLs and agency policy. Performs all pre-award and post-award functions for a wide variety of simple and complex Supply acquisitions greater than the MPT to include consignment agreements, Laboratory/Information Technology/Office and Medical Equipment and Installation, Lab Cost Per Test, Office Furniture and Installation, Software Licenses and subscriptions, etc. Serves as a Contract Specialist on the Healthcare Resources Branch performing all pre-award and post-award functions of complex, high value contracts for professional medical services. Such contracts may include supplies and equipment that require specially trained medical personnel to set-up and monitor patient care in a hospital, clinical, Nursing Home or Adult Day care type setting. Performs all pre-award and post-award functions for a wide variety of simple and complex Service acquisitions greater than the MPT to include but not limited to ambulance and transportation services, various maintenance and repair services, janitorial and transcription services. Serves as a Leasing Contract Specialist who will primarily be responsible for executing and administering real property leases to include build-outs performed by the lessor, non-healthcare selling agreements, utilities and hotel services, etc.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: The candidate should have a four-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: The candidate must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) 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; Commercial and industrial business practices to identify sources, analyze cost and pricing data; Program objectives, technical terminology, and uses of equipment, architect engineering services, or construction services to be procured to plan, negotiate and administer the contract; Contract administration principles and practices sufficient to monitor contractor performance and compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract. Competencies: Knowledge and application of contract administration principles and practices sufficient to monitor contractor performance and compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract and deliverables; resolves discrepancies; performs contract closeout functions. Works and communicates with clients and customers to satisfy their expectations. Committed to quality services. Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations. Uses knowledge acquired through extensive on the job experience to develop solicitation documents, create appropriate evaluation factors, review and analyze vendor submissions; is able to appropriately determine award recommendation. Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes. Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change. Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods used to determine, estimate, and analyze costs, including determining life cycle costs, application of cost models, and evaluation of cost realism. Knowledge of the principles and methods for developing an integrated acquisition management plan that describes the business, technical, and support strategies, including the relationship between the acquisition phases, work efforts, and key program events (for example, decision points, contract awards, test activities). Takes responsibility and initiative, sets and meets priorities, follows through on commitments, safeguards information, and organizes and uses time and resources to achieve desired results. Application Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Min Salary/Max Salary
USD 79363 to 118946 Annually

Additional info

Announcement Number: OCA-CBZY-NCO16-11515928-LM. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
U.S Department Of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
6100 Oak Tree Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Phone: 844-456-5208

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