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National Park Service Contract Specialist - Direct Hire Authority in Lakewood, Colorado

Summary

The incumbent serves as a contracting officer with a Level III Contracting Officer's Certificate of Appointment and is responsible for contract award and administration of the largest dollar value and most complex design and construction projects awarded by the contracting services group. The Contracting Specialist is responsible for all contracting services related to a project, from inception to completion, including planning, pre-design, design and construction phases.

Responsibilities

The major duties of the Contract Specialist position include, but are not limited to the following: Provides procurement direction, guidance and requirement/policy interpretation on Federal, Department and Bureau regulation and policy.Serves as contracting member on all project teams. Prepares government decisions in response to contractor requests for equitable adjustments and claims. Negotiates contract changes, modifications and terminations. Analyzes difficult issues and identifies alternative or new courses of action. Ensures contractor compliance throughout contract performance period.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You may be required to obtain and maintain an appropriate FAC-C level and to hold and maintain a Contracting Officer Certificate of Appointment (COA) commensurate with the workload of the office. If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a probationary period. You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to a few nights per month. If this is the case, you must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes. You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.

Qualifications

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-09/25/2020-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount qualified specialized experience. BASIC REQUIREMENTS for GS-13 and Above: 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-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- 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 under Paragraph D. D. 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. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action. If you do not meet these basic requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not received consideration for this position. Minimum Qualifications: To qualify for this GS-13 Contract Specialist position you must possess all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position at the GS-13 grade level, you must possess all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include all of the following: (1) Procurement principals for complex acquisition requirements; (2) Interpreting and correctly implementing acquisition laws, directives, and policy; (3) Leading and executing contracting all requirements and types for major and non-major procurement; (4) Industry practices and sound business strategies and (5) Communicate orally and in writing. Education: There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level(s) of this announcement. Volunteer Experience: 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. You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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.

Additional Information

This position is located in the Denver Service Center (DSC).The DSC is the central planning, design, and construction project office for the National Park Service. DSC provides cradle to grave project management and delivery; from planning to construction. DSC works in every NPS region and in more than half of all parks in the National Park System. For more information, visit the DSC website at www.nps.gov/DSC. This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Hiring incentives may be authorized as part of this recruitment process. This notice is being issued to recruit personnel to occupations for which a severe shortage of candidates exists and/or a critical hiring need has been identified. To assist in filling these positions, OPM has granted agencies Direct Hire Authority. Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Some travel may be required. Working Conditions: Work is usually performed in an office environment, with some travel to attend meetings or conferences, present training, review acquisition operations, and visit program operations or contractors. The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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