National Aeronautics and Space Administration Contract Specialist in Greenbelt, Maryland

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Summary

The Management Operations Directorate, Procurement Operations Division, (Code 210) seeks highly skilled individuals to serve as a Contract Specialist. As a Contract Specialist, you will apply techniques of procurement planning, negotiation, and contract administration through assigned tasks in support of Goddard Space Flight Center projects and programs.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made. Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume.

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Responsibilities

As a Senior Contract Specialist you will be responsible for procurement support to NASA Headquarters and/or the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Procurement support involves overall planning, negotiation and administration of contracts, and the coordinating of activities performed on contracts associated with major research and development and institutional programs. Serve as a Contracting Officer and reviewer for lower-level contract specialists.

You will be responsible for both pre-award and post-award contracting functions involving highly complex, visible and specialized contracts for NASA Headquarters and GSFC. Perform work related to the contract post-award process and conduct contract negotiations for a significant program or for major procurements that may include several types of contracting instruments. Plan the negotiation strategy, coordinates strategy with the negotiation team, and conduct the negotiations with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms. Manages procurements that contain a number of different processes or elements resulting in extensive subcontracting and performs procurement planning. Develop procurement objectives in terms of competition and price range, and constructs the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies, and similar considerations. Prepare current acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts, and related schedules, and serves as adviser to program officials in procurement planning. Provide advice to program officials of the procurement objectives to be used, and assist in the preparation of statements of work. Prepare determinations and findings and solicitation documents.

You will conduct pre-proposal conferences with prospective contractors to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed contract. Plan the negotiation strategy, coordinate the strategy with the negotiation team, and conduct the negotiations that are conducted with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms. Evaluate contractor responsibility, analyzing the contractor's past performance and costs of previous procurement's. Evaluate the contractor experience, production, and technical ability on current and previous procurements. Serves as lead negotiator and Contracting Officer for the assigned programs and projects which involve multi-million dollar contracts spanning several years. Negotiation involves the analysis of proposals from the standpoint of technical requirements, legal conditions or clauses; financial analysis of various factors affecting cost; coordination of a team consisting of technical and other specialist advisers to obtain thorough, mutual understanding of the scope of effort and the establishment of an equitable fee or profit and delivery dates.

You will negotiate contracts to procure large, highly complex, and significant R & D, services and items. Generate source selection criteria for the source-determining authority on major procurement and, serve as a member of the Source Evaluation Board (SEB) or chairperson of the Business Management Committee or negotiating team. Serve as lead negotiator for contract modifications for programs involving several interrelated contracts and make contractual and policy determinations concerning complex issues that arise from major contracts.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

NASA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles, Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) eligibles

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1102 Contracting

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Conditions of Employment
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Occasional travel may be required

You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS-12, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is experience performing pre-award and post-award actions to procure and administer contracts for a variety of specialized equipment, services, and/or construction.

To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). In addition to completing your degree information on your resume, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements for the 1102 series as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours. (i.e., BUAD-101- Introduction to Business, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.

If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Education

Basic Education Requirements:

A. 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: Preferred majors include, but are not limited to: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, supply chain management or organization and management.

Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level II or Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification Level II certification is preferred, but not required.

Your resume must include coursework, degree and certification information. If this information is not provided, you may lose consideration for this position.

Ensure you have completed the Education section of the USAJobs Resume Builder. If you have a degree, provide your degree information. If you have coursework that meets the requirements above, provide a list in the Relevant Coursework section. Include the title, course code, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours for each course (i.e., BUAD- 101-Introduction to Business, 3 Semester hours).

If you have earned certification, state your FAC-C or DAWIA certification level and date of certification.

Additional information

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

Please be sure to review your resume on the ‘Review tab’ by clicking on ‘Your Resume.’ Ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'resume received - complete.' If your status is 'Application Started,' you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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.

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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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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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.

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How to Apply

This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature. Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 4200 Rideout Road Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.

DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements. If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

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Talent Acquisition Office
Phone

301-286-3691

Email

GSFC-TAO@mail.nasa.gov

Address

NASA's Resume Operations Center 4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL US

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Next steps

Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are a current federal employee and are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to provide a copy of your most recent performance appraisal narrative summary. At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

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.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502299900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 06/14/2018 to 06/20/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent