Contract Specialist (Direct Hire)

Job ID 10895173 Date posted 02/14/2019 Location Atlanta, Georgia
Department: Department of Health And Human Services
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number: HHS--CDC-DH-19-10415621
SALARY RANGE: $91631.00 to $119121.00/Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: 2019-02-14 to 2019-08-13
SERIES & GRADE: GS--13/13

AGENCY MARKETING STATEMENT:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world. This position is located in the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Director (OD), Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO), Office of Financial Resources (OFR), Office of Acquisiton Services (OAS), Atlanta, Georgia. CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB SUMMARY:
The incumbent serves as a senior Contract Specialist with responsibility for pre-award and post-award functions involving highly specialized procurements of significant importance to the HHS health, regulatory or human services programs.

DUTIES:
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"As a Contract Specialist you will: Serve as a senior Contract Specialist with substantial Contracting Officer (CO) authority. Have responsibility for all pre-award and post-award functions on assigned contracts, most which are characterized their complexity and significant dollar amounts. Award and administer construction/architecture-engineering type contracts. Work with program to establish acquisition plans which include the identification of applicable clearances and the establishment of milestones for each acquisition. Review the draft Request for Contract (RFC) and identify areas in the scope of work requiring revisions to remedy unclear or ambiguous requirements. Ensure the RFC contains all applicable clearances, a certification of funds and is complete and compliant with applicable regulations, policies, and law. Understand and interpret procurement regulations and contracting principles including the latest procedures and techniques. Communicate with staff members, internal and external partners, other Federal agencies, and senior management. Assess and develop procedures and materials used in reviewing contracts for conformity to laws, regulations, and policies." ]

REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Background Investigation required. 1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 4. One-year probationary period may be required. 5. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes 6. Drug Screening Required: No 7. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized. No 8. Annual Leave for non-Federal service may be authorized: No 9. Research position: No 10. Promotion potential. No 11. Supervisory position: No 12. Public Trust/Moderate Background Investigation (5) is required. 13. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to qualify for GS 13, applicants must meet both the Basic Requirements and Minimum Qualifications Requirements as stated below:
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. and B. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by 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. C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include providing contracting services for the acquisition of a wide range of supplies, services, and/or construction; performing complex pre-award and post-award functions for a variety of procurement actions; and applying cost/price analysis techniques. NOTE: This position requires a FAC-C Level III Certification, and four years of contracting experience, 24 semester hours of business-related courses (accounting, law, business, finance, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management) and baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and all required training for FAC-C Level III. For additional information, please go to www.fai.gov.Applicants currently holding a FAC-C Level III or equivalent certification are considered to have met all mandatory training requirements for this announcement. A copy of your FAC-C Level III or equivalent certification is required for the application process. Applicants selected for this position will be required to maintain the FAC-C Level III Certification which includes earning 80 continuous learning points every two years beginning with the date of certification to assure skills training is current every two years. This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply. Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority. This is an open continuous announcement. This announcement is being used to create an inventory of qualified applicants for Contract Specialist positions and will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Vacancies will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. Applications received as result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority. For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit http://www.opm.gov/employ/directhire/index.asp.Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):AccountabilityAcquisition Management (2)Acquisition PlanningCollaboration / PartneringConflict ManagementContinuous DevelopmentContract ManagementContract Negotiation and Source SelectionCreativity/InnovationCustomer ServiceDecision MakingDiversityFederal and Departmental Acquisition Policies and Procedures KnowledgeFlexibilityInfluencing/NegotiatingIntegrityInterpersonal SkillsNegotiating / InfluencingOral CommunicationProblem SolvingResilienceResults DrivenSelf-DirectionSolicitationTeam BuildingTechnical CredibilityTechnology ManagementWritten Communication

BENEFITS:

OTHER INFORMATION:
CDC Financial Disclosure -OGE Form 450 Holding ourselves to a higher standard; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspires public confidence in its trust responsibilities and mission by maintaining high ethical principles. This position is subject to the confidential financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This Information will be required annually. To view the questionnaire, click on the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10415621 If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/13/2019 of this 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 résumé 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/. If you cannot apply online: You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes: 1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. FAC C Level III Certification (or equivalent certification) is required to be uploaded as part of the application process. 3. Other supporting documents: Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable Proof of Education: Transcript(s) Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/13/2019.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
CDC HELPDESK
1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta GA US 30333
Telephone: (770) 488-1725
Email: HRCS@CDC.GOV