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Contract Specialist (Direct Hire)

Job ID HHS-CDC-DH-21-11083374 Date posted 05/13/2021 Location Atlanta, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department: Department of Health And Human Services
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number: HHS-CDC-DH-21-11083374
SALARY RANGE: $68112.0 to $106134.0/Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: 2021-05-13 to 2021-07-26
SERIES & GRADE: GS--11/12

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 Health and Human Services (DHHS), 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 Acquisition Services (OAS) in Atlanta, GA. CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB SUMMARY:
The incumbent serves as a Contract Specialist with responsibility for pre-award and post-award functions including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration for services, materials, and equipment associated with health administration, health research, regulatory compliance, human services administration test, evaluation, health operations, and/or production activities of one or more HHS organizations.

DUTIES:
As a Contract Specialist, you will: Prepare solicitation documents which incorporate required policies and provisions; requirements for technical proposals; cost data requirements; and all other required data. Perform cost/price analysis, including analysis of cost breakdowns to determine reasonableness and conformance to applicable regulations, directives and policies. Plan and conduct negotiations on price, technical requirements, and terms/conditions of the contract. Maintain up-to-date status of deliverables, invoices, and other activities under the contract. Analyze the requirements and recommends the acquisition method most appropriate to meet the program objectives and policy/regulatory requirements Develop strategic plans in conjunction with program officials to define requirements, establish acquisition plans, and to give advice and recommendations on data that should be included in the procurement request.

REQUIREMENTS:
US Citizenship is required. Background Investigation is required. 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. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. One-year probationary period may be required. Travel, transportation, and moving expenses will be paid: No Bargaining Unit Position: No Drug Screening Required: No Recruitment Incentive may be authorized: No Annual Leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No Research position: No. Promotion potential: Yes. This position has promotion potential to GS12. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your meeting qualifications and time-in-grade requirements, demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and administrative approval. Promotion to the next grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. Supervisory position: No. Public Trust/Moderate Background Investigation (5) is required

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Qualifications Requirements: A. 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
or B. 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: GS-11 Level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level 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 experience performing pre-award and/or post-award functions; prepare solicitations and bids; perform in-depth evaluation of financial and technical capabilities, or the performance of contractors; analyze cost and pricing data and participate in contract negotiations. OR Have 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education of Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management; OR Have a combination of specialized experience and education. GS-12 Level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level 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 reviewing and administering contracts; planning and conducting contract price/cost analysis of a variety of pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions; and negotiating and preparing documents for contract modifications. NOTE: This position requires the following: GS-11: FAC-C Level I Certification, and 1 year of contracting experience, Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or 24 semester hours of business-related college courses (accounting, law, business, finance, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management) and all required training for FAC-C Level I. For additional information, please go to www.fai.gov. GS-12: FAC-C Level II Certification, and 2 years of contracting experience, Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or 24 semester hours of business-related college courses (accounting, law, business, finance, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management) and all required training for FAC-C Level II. For additional information, please go to www.fai.gov. Applicants currently holding a FAC-C Level I or II or equivalent certification are considered to have met all mandatory training requirements for this announcement. A copy of your FAC-C Level I or II or equivalent certification is required for the application process. Applicants selected for this position will be required to maintain the FAC-C 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. 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Peace Corps Volunteers may be considered to fill vacancies. Executive Order 11103 provides eligibility for appointment in the competitive service for any person who is certified by the Director of the Peace Corps as having served satisfactorily as a Volunteer or Volunteer Leader under the Peace Corps Act and who passes such examination as the Office of Personnel Management may prescribe. To view the questionnaire, click on the following link:
https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11083374 If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. "Additional selections may be made for similar positions across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within the local commuting area(s) of the location identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) at HHS. Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions across HHS." 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. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).

BENEFITS:

OTHER INFORMATION:
~ 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. This position is being filled through Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens. 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 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. ~The first cut-off date for you to be referred will be 00/00/2021. Thereafter, additional referral lists will be generated every three (3) weeks or as vacancies occur. Applications received after the cutoff date, may be considered on future referral lists. For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/direct-hire-authority/ Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location CDC-wide. The utilization of shared certificates within multiple Centers of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention may be used from this vacancy announcement for specialties to include but not limited to: Applied Epidemiology, Behavioral Epidemiology, Chronic Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Environmental Health, HIV/AIDS, Immunization, Infectious Diseases (e.g. Viral, Parasitic, etc.), Influenza, Malaria, Non-communicable Diseases, Outbreak Investigations, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Surveillance, Tropical Medicine, Tuberculosis (TB), Viral Hepatitis, and/or Zoonotic Diseases. Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov). For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
and https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/getting-a-job/sampleschedaletters.pdf. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Former and present Peace Corps personnel may be considered to fill vacancies. Peace Corps personnel are eligible for consideration if you have completed at least 36 months of continuous service, without a break in service of 3 days or more. This requirement is consistent with section 7(a) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2506), which pertains to the appointment of Peace Corps staff (not volunteers) and is applicable within 3 years after separation from qualifying service with the Peace Corps. A copy of your SF-50 is required to support your request.


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) on07/26/2021 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 Additional 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: Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. Other supporting documents: Cover Letter, optional Transcripts *(transcript(s) must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education) FAC-C Certification - *GS-11: FAC-C Level I Certification; GS-12: FAC-C Level II Certification *Required Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal). *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.

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. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will receive notice via email once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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

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