Primary duties of this position are:
- Serves as a supervisory Contract Specialist responsible for the supervision and oversight of personnel performing the planning, development, solicitation, award and administration of contracts ranging from simple to extremely complex and/or controversial.
- Responsible for all phases of the procurement cycle including: planning the procurement; writing the procurement plan; preparing solicitations such as requests for proposals or invitations to bid; developing source selection plans; evaluating the business and management aspects of the proposal; obtaining necessary technical fluency to properly analyze the proposal; negotiating contract specifications, terms, and prices; drafting the agreement including special clauses; making source selection decisions; and/or administration and termination of the contract.
- Prepares pre-negotiation position paper and a negotiation memorandum to include all facts and analysis that went into the final contract document. Submits a complete, legal contract file for signature by the Contracting Officer, (where above delegated authority), and signs contracts and required documentation within delegated authority.
- Serves as liaison between the contracting office and the Construction Engineer, Regional and/or Area Managers, and the Solicitor in resolution of claims and other contract issues.
Requirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.
You must be suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see Required Documents).
You must meet any minimum education and/or experience requirements (see Qualifications).
You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements (see Qualifications/Education).
You will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Form.Who May Apply:
- Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Competitive)
- Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Non-Competitive)
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
QualificationsBasic Qualification Requirements for GS-13
Applicants must first meet
the Basic Qualification Requirements listed below:
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-year's 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 successfully perform 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, unless granted a waiver.Definition of Specialized Experience For GS-13
: Experience performing contract concepts, procedures, and precedents to award and administer a variety of contract types and complexities and to independently resolve complex and critical problems. Your resume must reflect experience using a wide range of contracting methods and contract types to plan and implement pre-award and post-award procurement actions, analyzing and resolving difficult contracting issues, and modifying standard contracting procedures and terms to satisfy specialized requirements.
Experience should also demonstrate the ability to provide supervision, leadership, guidance and direction to acquisition professionals on the full range of acquisition activities and experience in representing the office in meeting with senior managers within Reclamation and other government or contractor organizations; and mentoring and training junior specialists for more responsibility. Additional Requirements For GS-13:
In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements and specialized experience listed above, completion of the training requirements as defined below is required.Training Requirements Federal Acquisition Certification
- FAC-C (Professional) - OR- DoD Contracting Professional Certification: The incumbent of this position may be delegated as a contracting officer. As such, applicants must already possess current training requirements to obtain a FAC-C (Professional) certification: New FAC-C (Professional) | FAI.GOV.Mandatory Training Courses:
CON 360 Contracting for Decision Makers and
(1) HBS module other than HBS 428 -AND- One (1) of the following:
-OR- Supervisory Competencies:
- ACQ 265 Mission-Focused Services Acquisition
- ACQ 315 Understanding Industry
- ACQ 370 Acquisition Law
- CON 244 Construction Contracting
- CON 252 Fundamental of Cost Accounting Standards
- CON 370 Advanced Contract Pricing
Applicants should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in the following competencies for successful performance of Federal supervisory work: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, flexibility, integrity/honesty, interpersonal skills, oral communication, problem solving, resilience, and written communication. Additional information on supervisory competencies:
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.Time-In-Grade:
Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower-grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered.Selective Placement Factor:
This position requires a current Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) (Professional). A valid, current DoD Contracting Professional Certification is equivalent to a FAC-C (Professional). You must submit a copy of your certification. Failure to provide proof of such certification will cause you to be rated ineligible for this position.
Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) must be obtained every two years. To maintain a FAC-C, certificate holders are required to earn 80 CLPs of skills currency training every two years, beginning with the date of their certification. It is the contracting professional's responsibility to ensure that their continuous learning requirements are met with in their maintenance cycle and that they apply for their recertification in a timely manner. Effective May 1, 2024, the continuous learning hours required to maintain the FAC-C (Professional) will increase to 100 for every two-year common period.
You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors if applicable, by 09/21/2023. Education
This position has a mandatory education requirement
. You must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in being rated not-qualified for the position.
You will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications, if selected. An official transcript must be sent directly from the University's Registrar's office and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.Accreditation:
Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional info, refer to the Office of Personnel Management and U.S. Department of Education.Foreign Education:
To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For additional info, refer to the U.S. Network for Education Information.
Salary reflected is for the Boulder City, NV location. If a selection is made from a different location, then salary for that location will apply.
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: You may be required to serve an initial probationary period.Supervisory Probationary Period:
You may be required to serve an initial supervisory probation period.Telework:
Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and you may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. Current Reclamation policy requires supervisory and non-supervisory employees to report to the official duty station 2 days every pay-period (2 weeks). Full time telework or remote work is not available for this position.Relocation:
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are authorized
with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision or first-post-of-duty relocation expenses are authorized, as applicable. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law December 2017, suspends the moving expense deduction and the exclusion from income of qualified employer reimbursements of moving expenses that was allowed under previous tax laws. Employer reimbursements for moving costs are now generally taxed at the same rate as ordinary income.E-Verify:
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit Background Investigation:
This position is designated as a HIGH RISK Public Trust position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation (T4 or T4R or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment.Selective Service:
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: Non-Bargaining Unit:
This is a non-bargaining unit position.
Additional vacancies may be filled using this job announcement.
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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.
You will be evaluated on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide to the application questionnaire, and the result of the additional assessments required for this position. A three-phase
process will be used to evaluate candidates for referral.Phase 1:
Applicants will complete an assessment questionnaire, which will take approximately 45 minutes to complete, and then will be given an interim score based on those responses. Application packages will be reviewed by Human Resources to ensure they meet eligibility and basic qualification requirements (see definition of specialized experience). If applicants meet eligibility and basic qualifications, they will continue to the next phase.Phase 2:
Candidates who were minimally qualified based on the assessment questionnaire identified in the first phase will advance to a structured resume review by Subject Matter Experts. Subject Matter Expert(s) will score resumes using a pre-determined scoring matrix based on the following competencies:
- Contracting/Procurement: Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.
- Leadership: Inspires, motivates and guides others toward goal accomplishment; coaches, mentors, and challenges subordinates; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations; models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for the individual by applying these values to daily behaviors
- Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Candidates will be given a final score which combines the scores from the first and second phases. Those candidates who score as best qualified will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. The selecting official may or may not contact you for an interview.
The application questionnaire can be previewed here:
Your answers will be verified against information provided in your resume. Your resume must clearly support the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. You must make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than what is apparent in the description of your experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training (or that your resume/application is incomplete), you could be rated ineligible or your score could be lowered.