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Contract Specialist (Contracting Officer) Duties: The candidate will work in the Administrative Division, Acquisitions Branch and/or Property and Construction Branch. Will be responsible for soliciting, awarding, and administering highly technical, complex, multi-year types of contracts. May be assigned and rotated through one of five sections, i.e., Construction Contracting, Privatized Corrections Contracting, Community Corrections Contracting, National Acquisitions Section or Acquisitions Management Section. Contracts may include construction projects for new facilities, information technology acquisitions, privatized and community corrections contracting, and for national contracts having Bureau-wide impact. The contracts are vital to the efficient operation of the Bureau and are necessary to maintain a consistent program of inmate housing management. Responsible for complex contractual work involving the negotiations, administration, and termination of contracts. In many cases, the requirements of these contracts are state-of-the-art technology and can only be defined in terms of functions to be performed or the operational capacity requirements. May be assigned to administer two privatized corrections contracts, in addition to other pre-award responsibilities outlined in this position description. Also responsible for developing and making recommendations for the development of a contract program, including necessary resources and manpower to meet the goals of the centralized contracting program. Charged with the responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.
Qualification and Experience
For GS-09 and GS-11: 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.
Education for GS-09: Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. degree.
Education for GS-11: Three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Experience for GS-09 and GS-11: In addition to the basic requirements, must have 1+ year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service.
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
GS-09: Experience in procuring supplies or services primarily through formal advertising, or through limited use of negotiation techniques. Experience reviewing requisitions to determine proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents. Experience in evaluating solicitation quotes, bid, or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses and provisions. Experience meeting with commercial representatives to discuss procurement needs, quality of items or services, current market prices, or delivery schedule.
GS-11: Experience as a contract specialist responsible for all aspects of the contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award for an agency, a department, or departments, procuring a variety of supplies, services and/or construction in support of an installation or activity. Experience in reviewing requisitions and determining the appropriate method of procurement, i.e., formal advertised or negotiation, including citing the authority in determinations and finding reports prepared for the contracting officer when procurement is by negotiation. Experience developing procurement plans by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages. Experience preparing and issuing solicitation documents, selecting appropriate clauses, ensuring clear and complete specifications. Experience in detailed analysis of bids or proposals received, insuring strict compliance with specifications on advertised procurement. Experience in both formal advertised and negotiated acquisitions, performing detailed analyses to determine responsiveness and responsibility of offer or, reviewing past bids and awards, and establishment of price reasonableness. Experience drafting final contract including specifications, packing and shipping requirements, inspection instructions, and all other special and standard clauses, preparing recommendations for award, and documenting reasons for decisions.
Combination of Education and Experience:
GS-09 and GS-11 only: This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.
Note: This job is open to Federal employees; Current or former competitive service employees, including Merit promotion, Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), and Transfer; and to current employees of this agency.
Application Deadline: December 19, 2017.
Announcement Number: CO-2018-0027. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
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