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.
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
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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.
See Qualifications section.Additional information
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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 .
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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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 .
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