CORE Contract Specialist

Department of Homeland Security - Oakland, CA (30+ days ago)3.9


Duties
Summary
When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

This position is located in Acquisition Operations Division, Office of Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), Mission Support Bureau (MSB), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this position you will solicit, evaluate, negotiate, award, administer, analyze, advise, and/or terminate contracts for the procurement of supplies and services for the agency. This position starts at a salary of $(108,281) (IC-14).

Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Chief Procurement Officer team within FEMA.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

This position is being announced under FEMA's Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.

Responsibilities
In this position, you will be responsible for using complex contracting methods to plan and carry out long-term pre-award and post-award procurement actions.

Typical assignments include:
Advising executive management and senior-level staff on all procurement actions for assigned organizations and determining the types of procurement instruments to be issued and which best meet the needs of the Agency for all serviced functions/offices.
Performing work related to the contract pre-award and post-award process in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and Agency policy.
Performing cost-type close contracts by developing procedures and guidelines for processing.
Working with DCAA in analyzing and preparing audit reports (i.e. Request for Audit Memo)
Utilizing Incurred Cost Submissions
Preparing Disposition of Audit Reports
Forming a team to train in closing out cost-type contracts
Serving as a Contracting Officer responsible for procurements involving a number of different processes or elements resulting in extensive subcontracting.
Using contract types such as simplified acquisitions, grants, cooperative and interagency agreements.
Managing, administering, and monitoring contracts and contractor’s performance and performing contract administration activities, independently reviewing contractor performance through site visits and correspondence for completion of applicable contract clauses.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional non-emergency travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
NA

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens
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This announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 OR at 11:59 pm ET on the date the 200 th application is received, whichever comes first.
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Job family (Series)
1102 Contracting

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
Travel will be required.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

Qualifications
The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Basic Requirements (ALL APPLICANTS)

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

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.

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.

Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver.

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

In addition to meeting both of the basic requirements, to qualify for this position at the IC-14 ($108,281) level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-13 level in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

Specialized experience for this position includes:
Applying contracting and procurement policies and regulations to procure or administer contracts;
Providing technical leadership and guidance including formulating guidelines, implementing new developments or providing policy interpretation
Tracking data and preparing reports (i.e. audit reports), and;
Conducting closeout functions on cost reimbursement and cost-plus-fixed fee contracts (i.e. cost-type contracts)
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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.
Education
Additional information
To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined ( Mythbuster ), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/ .
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS : Cadre On Call Response Employee (CORE) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time. Deployments may include working in excess of eight hours a day, or in excess of 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays, and under stressful, physically demanding, and austere conditions. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations.
If selected for this position you will be required to attend a one week Emergency Manager Orientation in Leesburg, Virginia. Travel is at FEMA’s expense and will occur from Sunday to Saturday.

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

To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If you are qualified, you will be referred to a selection panel for consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents
Your resume.
Your responses to the job questionnaire - You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position .
Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies the Federal service indicated on your resume e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions or within-grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment, etc.
Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information .
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.

Benefits

Benefits
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