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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contract Specialist in Concord, Massachusetts

Summary This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation utilizing the DHA for Certain Personnel for the DoD Workforce to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service. About the Position: This position is located within the Contracting Branch of the U.S. Amy Corps of Engineers, New England District in Concord, MA. Responsibilities Serve as a Contract Specialist for the Contracts Branch of the Directorate of Contracting, Contract Division, US Army Engineer District, New England. Provide contracting guidance to technical personnel involved in the development of the statement of work and data requirements and in replying to complex inquiries. Ensure that bid schedules and negotiated procurements are properly structured, from the preparation of solicitations to the processing of contract awards. Utilize delegated authority to commit the Federal Government in the capacity of a designated Contracting Officer. Monitor contract performance and properly implement modifications and/or contract cancellations due to mission changes or contract default and negotiate related settlements. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Who May Apply: US Citizens In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document. Basic Education Requirement for the 1102 series: Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. OR Exemption: You are exempt from the education requirements above if (A) you are a current civilian employee in DoD who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in an Executive Department on or before September 30, 2000; OR (B) you are a current military member who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS (or equivalent)-1102 on or before September 30, 2000. In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: Experience Required: GS-07: Specialized Experience: One year of Specialized Experience which includes meeting all of the following: 1) Utilize procurement regulations, in order to perform recurring and developmental contracting assignments. Examples of such are: analyzing, evaluating and participating in negotiation of various cost elements and/or reviewing pricing and cost elements on contracts. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05). OR Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field with a major course of study in business administration, accounting, law, marketing, statistics, production management, industrial management, or other fields related to the position. OR Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A): S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Please reference qualification requirements in the education section listed below. OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages. GS-09: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes meeting all of the following: 1) Assist in the analysis/evaluation of cost elements on contracts using contract cost/price analysis principles and procedures; 2) review statistical, financial, and/or accounting analysis; and 3) assist with contract negotiations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07). OR Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree with a major course of study in business administration, accounting, law, marketing, statistics, production management, industrial management, or other fields related to the position. OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages. GS-11: Specialized Experience?: One year of specialized experience which includes meeting all of the following: 1) Prepare solicitations that communicate requirements to industry; 2) evaluate responses to solicitations for price reasonableness, compliance with terms and conditions, and adequacy of competition; and 3) prepare proposals and process awards of contracts. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09). OR Education: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree with a major course of study in business administration, accounting, law, marketing, statistics, production management, industrial management, or other fields related to the position. OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. GS-12: ?Specialized Experience?: One year of specialized experience which includes meeting all of the following: 1) Conduct acquisition planning and contract pre-award functions to include: a) determine method of procurement/contract type, b) prepare solicitations that communicate requirements to industry; c) evaluate responses to solicitations for price reasonableness, compliance with terms and conditions, and adequacy of competition; and 2) administer contracts to include contract scope determinations, modifications, close-outs and terminations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11). "Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted." Education In order to qualify for Superior Academic Achievement (SSA) at the GS-07 level: Successful completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: (1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR (2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR (3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/). FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/ Additional Information Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. One year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct Deposit of Pay is required. This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter. Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. This is a(n) 14- Contractring and Procurement-Career Field position. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.

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