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Contract Specialist, ZA-III (GS-11/12 equivalent)

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Department Of Commerce
All qualified U.S. citizens.
This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates. Full-time Permanent Career or Career-Conditional Appointment The applicant selected for this position will service as a Contract Specialist for the Acquisition Management Division, Office of Acquisition and Agreements Management, National Institute of Standards & Technology. They will provide a full range of Contract Specialist services and guidance to NIST program officers in the preparation of contract requests.
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date the first 100 applications are received OR on May 27th, 2014, whichever comes first.
Are you ready to explore your future with NIST? You must be a U.S. citizen. You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information). You must be suitable for Federal Employment. You must complete a Financial Disclosure Form, OGE 450. The individual selected for this position will be an employee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The individual will serve as a Contract Specialist to plan, execute, and administer routine, as well as occasionally politically sensitive, acquisitions of services for the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland, following the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and supplemental agency regulations and policies. Responsibilities include: working on-site at NIST to provide advice, information regarding acquisition policy and procedures and direct administrative support for the acquisition of a full range of services for NIST; providing guidance to NIST employees regarding acquisition planning, preparation of purchase requests and supporting documentation; evaluation of quotations and proposals; and, as appropriate, working with the Office of General Counsel and NIST management relating to the legal reviews or other legal matters relating to acquisitions being managed. This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education''s website - . You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans'' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.
To preview questions please click here. Basic Requirements:
A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor''s degree with a major in any field;
OR
Completion of 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.
IN ADDITION to the basic qualifications requirement above, an applicant must meet the criteria below:
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level (ZA-II for NIST employees) in awarding and administering acquisitions of supplies and services using the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Examples of specialized experience may be defined, but not limited to procuring important supplies and services, reviewing requisitions and determining appropriate method of procurement or appropriate choice of financial instrument; reviewing specifications and technical data packages; experience in the award and administration of contracts; and analysis of delivery requirements;
OR
3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management''s website located at: . A complete application package includes the following:
1. Your resume AND
2. The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).
You MUST apply on-line through . Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.
Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.
If you do not have access to the internet: If you do not have internet access, please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy for alternative application methods.
Problems Completing Your Application: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at . The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
What documents do I need to submit? In addition to your resume, you must submit any documents needed to support your qualifications for this position (i.e., college/university transcript).
How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
1. Upload your file(s);
2. Download from your USAJOBS account;
3. Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
4. Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS;
All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Are you CTAP or ICTAP Eligible? If you are a Federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under DOC''s Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or your Agency''s Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must meet the threshold of "well qualified" for the position to receive priority consideration. DoC defines well qualified as receiving a overall score of "85". You must also submit proof that you meet the requirements of 5CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of your agency''s notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade level, and the duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information about CTAP and ICTAP, please refer to the following web sites: CTAP ICTAP
If your application is referred to management for consideration, you may be contacted to interview for the position. You may be contacted by NIST upon consideration for employment to inform you of additional qualification requirements (i.e., selective factors) that would be required for a particular position. A one year probationary period may be required.
If selected by management, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see more information.
This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands. For more information regarding on how our pay bands correspond to the General Schedule grade levels, visit: .
Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, . !benefits.hms?orgId=14&jnum;=99789

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