The NRC will utilize Direct Hire Authority to fill future vacancies in 1102- Acquisitions/Contract Specialist occupations. This vacancy is a REPOSITORY of applications. Applications MAY BE periodically referred to Selecting Officials both during the open period and for up to 90 days after the closing date of this vacancy. Because of the large number of applications anticipated, applicants status will not be updated UNLESS referred.
These positions may be Bargaining or Non-Bargaining.
Contract Specialists perform a variety of duties in support of contract negotiation, administration, award, termination, and procurement. Contract Specialists are responsible for the solicitation, analysis, evaluation, and negotiation of proposals and budgets. These positions also provide advice and assistance related to acquisition processes and prepare solicitation documents for contracts and inter-agency agreements.
Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to the grade level and series of the position.
Occasional travel - Travel varies by position and location.
Contingent - Promotion potential will be based on the position to which appointed.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires
These are Drug Testing positions
DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority.
All positions, dependent upon grade levels being filled, require some level of related experience and/or education.
In order to qualify, in addition to the educational requirements you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
You must meet the qualifications for this position no later than 30 days after the date you submit your application and before placement in the position.
In order to qualify, in addition to the educational requirements you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the grade the next lower level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
Specialized experience varies by grade level, but includes knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Federal Property Management Regulations, knowledge of the principles and techniques of acquisition, with experience and judgement adequate to ensure that all contractual actions are consistent with the applicable laws, executive orders, regulations and policies governing Federal procurement and to provide guidance and assistance and to make sound decisions on all contractual matters.
The ideal candidates for these positions will demonstrate in their resume the following:
Successful completion of formal training that is part of the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) curriculum or the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) curriculum.
Experience soliciting, negotiating, awarding and administering routine and complex competitive and noncompetitive acquisitions for commercial and noncommercial products and services.
Experience presenting information, ideas and advice to customers in a clear, concise and logical manner, orally and/or in writing.
Experience establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with individuals at all levels, including managers and supervisors, coworkers, staff personnel of other offices.
In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
Specialized experience by grade level:
Grade 11: At least 1 year specialist experience equivalent to Grade 9 plus knowledge of the FAR, NRC Acquisition Regulation, 2 CFR 200, Federal Property Management Regulations, and applicable agency policies and procedures relating to procurement or financial assistance. Applies skills consistent with experience and FAC-C certification.
Grade 12: Grade 11 level experience plus Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level II or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II. A copy of this certification must be provided within 30 calendar days after the closing of this announcement.
Grade 13: Grade 12 level experience plus Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III. A copy of this certification must be provided within 30 calendar days after the closing of this announcement.
Grade 14: Grade 13 level experience plus detailed knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of acquisition. Must possess a FAC-C Level III certification.
Grade 15: Grade 14 level experience plus demonstrated experience evaluating or implementing contracting programs; leading or supervising contracting professionals providing contracting services for the acquisition of a wide range of supplies and services (professional and non-professional); contracting experience that demonstrated the ability to perform the full range of highly complex pre-award and post award activities utilizing a variety of types of contracts and evidence of professional potential, business acumen, drive for results, relationship building, and self-motivation in order to procure supplies or services.
You must indicate, IN DETAIL, in your resume and/or optional cover letter how you meet the qualifications for this position.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL GRADES: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; OR 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.
Note: It is your responsibility to furnish documentation that verifies you meet the basic education and professional knowledge requirements; in the absence of such documentation, you would be rated not qualified.
The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for these positions will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing.
The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the coordinator at (301) 287-0745 or TDD 240-482-3217. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Applications MAY BE periodically referred to Selecting Officials both during the open period and for up to 90 days after the closing date of this vacancy. You MAY BE referred to selecting officials based on your UNIQUE QUALIFICATIONS and NRC's NEEDS.
Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service, a transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver.
To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you need favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication are required for continued employment.
If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a highly competitive vacancy with a limited number of openings available. When a need exists, applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. Applications will be rated based on the information provided in the resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.
Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
If selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly by a hiring manager via the contact information you provided in your application. Applicants should not expect to receive additional status updates.
YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU LEAVE ANY OF THE VACANCY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED.
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Background checks and security clearance
L Access Authorization
Drug test required
All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1. Use the "USAJoBs" feature to download documents from your USAJOBs portfolio; or
2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.If you are a Veteran claiming
List of supplemental documentation (Include all applicable documentation):
If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.
You must provide a copy of your UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT with your application by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit transcripts with your application by the closing date you will be considered ineligible and will no longer be considered for this vacancy.
FAC-C Level II or III or DAWIA Level II or III certification depending on grade level.
Copy of your Federal Contracting Officers Warrant
*** If all applicable required supplemental information is not included with your application you will be disqualified and will not receive 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.
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.
As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits
General Schedule Salary Table for "Rest of US" (RUS) was used, salaries may vary dependent upon location selected. Please refer to the Salary Tables link for more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2019/general-schedule/
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.