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Contract Specialist

U.S. Federal Government – Boston, MA

    Duties Summary

    These positions are located in Region 1, Mission Support Division, Contracts and Procurement Branch in Boston, MA. For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-1-new-england

    If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

    Responsibilities

    You will:

    • Perform pre-award functions involving specialized procurements;
    • Perform market analysis to determine availability of product or producer;
    • Accomplish pre-award and post-award activities;
    • Administer and closeout contracts.

    You will spend more than 50% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

    When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
    • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
    • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
    • You must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
    • You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).

    This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

    If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

    Qualifications

    You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

    Contract Specialist: You must have a bachelors degree 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.


    As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .
    In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

    To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as researching and analyzing legislation, regulations, policies and/or methods used in contracting (e.g. Federal Acquisition Regulation); and evaluating the cost/price elements of contracts, OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

    To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as researching and analyzing legislation, regulations, policies and methods used in contracting (e.g. Federal Acquisition Regulation); evaluating the cost/price elements of contracts; and providing recommendations to senior level managers in response to contractual issues.
    Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and rules sufficient to procure supplies, services, studies, laboratory analyses, or construction; 2) Knowledge of procedures for solicitation, review, price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration of contracts; 3) Skill in oral communication; 4) Knowledge of contracting procedures to perform pre-award and post award functions involving specialized procurements; and 5) Skill in written communication.
    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.

    Education

    See Qualifications section.

    Additional information

    Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and youll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

    One or more positions may be filled.

    Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

    Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .
    If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .
    Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.
    This position is in the bargaining unit.
    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.
    EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    This position is being filled through the Office of Personnel Managements government-wide direct-hire authority. Under the provisions of the direct-hire authority, category rating, veterans preference, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply. We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. All applicants who meet these requirements will be forwarded to the selecting official for further consideration. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.


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    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Documents to be submitted online:
    • -Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
    -Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).-College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.-Veterans Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
    • -Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP: copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

    Additional information can be found on our website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

    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

    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 .

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA .

    Review our benefits

    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.

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