NGA needs your expertise! Seeking an experienced, prior GS-1102 contracting series tradecraft journeymen (experienced acquired as either a civilian and /or active duty military) to grow the next generation in the Profession. Use your proven expertise to mentor and coach our contracting work force in all aspects of pre-and post-procurement actions. Impact National Security and enjoy flexibility in schedule with this part-time opportunity.
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Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 05 $134,789 - $164,200
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
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ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Contract Specialists plan and manage acquisitions to procure a variety of products and services for NGA. They interact with customers to develop and implement an acquisition strategy, solicit and evaluate proposals, and negotiate and award contracts. They also administer contracts, including monitoring contractor performance, preparing modifications, resolving problems, and terminating and closing out contracts. They may also hold a warrant that would authorize them to obligate the Government subject to the limitations expressed on their warrant.
Additional Position Info
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This vacancy announcement seeks senior, seasoned government contracting officer consultants, subject matter experts in federal government Department of Defense (DoD) contracting. Selected applicant(s) will support contract specialists as they plan and manage acquisitions to procure a variety of products and services for NGA; support the specialists as they develop and implement acquisition strategies, solicit and evaluate proposals, and renegotiate and award contracts to satisfy customer requirements. The position also requires support to contract specialists as they administer contracts, including monitoring contractor performance in collaboration with the contracting officer representative (COR), preparing modifications, resolving problems, and terminating and closing out contracts. Three specific support functions are envisioned:
1. Mentor, coach and advise the NGA Contract Specialist workforce with special emphasis and experience on conducting a wide variety of source selections ranging from non-complex to complex, from small to large source selections, as well as contract management activities;
2. Mentor, coach and advise the NGA Contract Specialist workforce with special emphasis and experience conducting all aspects of cost and/or price analysis & cost realism, including the creation of quality cost and price analysis memorandum for the record narratives; and
3. Supporting/augmenting OCS in its design and implementation of a new, multi-faceted program to develop Contract Specialists.
The Office of Contract Services (OCS) seeks applicants with extensive hands-on DoD contracting experience including major systems, base operations or complex programs as well as strong mentoring skills to develop junior contract specialists. The selected candidate(s) shall provide business advice, contractual guidance, and expertise as a Contract Specialist expert across OCS and/or within a specific OCS division. OCS is a customer service organization supporting multiple organizations throughout NGA to include extensive strategic planning necessary to effectively contract to meet the agency's overarching mission. The selected candidate(s) will also be actively engaged with contract specialists and customers to identify future acquisitions, strategize on most agile acquisition and procurement methods, and create an environment that promotes engagement, collaboration, integration, and the sharing of information and knowledge. Responsibilities include ensuring that all acquisition activity is executed ethically, legally, efficiently and effectively; and in accordance with applicable DoD policies and procedures. The position(s) will include mentoring and coaching a diverse workforce that may consist of DoD civilians, active duty contracting professionals, and other support personnel. Individuals must demonstrate the experience, training and education, judgment, dependability, character, and business acumen reflective of a subject matter expert in the Contract Specialist/GS1102 career field and necessary to compete, negotiate, award, administer, and terminate DoD NGA government contracts. Applicants must be free of conflicts of interest and be able to obtain TS/SCI security clearance. Strong leadership skills are required, as well as professional knowledge of federal government contract law, policy, and procedures, and the ability to engage with the workforce in a positive and effective manner.
DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND (DAWDF) CRITICAL NEEDS: This part-time position(s) is a TEMPORARY Hire billet under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (10 U.S.C., Section 1705) for subject matter experts (Critical Needs). In addition, to be eligible for this position, you cannot be a current government employee. The position filled under this program is one (1) year TEMPORARY and may be extended for up to one (1) additional year to a maximum of two (2) years of total service. A minimum of one year break in employment is required if you were previously a federal civilian government employee; a minimum of 30 days break in employment is required for prior military.
This is a part time position, not to exceed 32 hours per week (64 hours per pay period). IF APPLICABLE: He/she would be paid a pro-rated amount based on an hourly breakdown of the salaries listed in this announcement.
Mandatory Qualification Reqs
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
1. Experience with contracting for a variety of products and services to include major systems, research and development (R&D), and/or complex programs using a wide range of contacting methodologies such as negotiated contract and commercial acquisition procedures in accordance to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS);
2. Experience in managing contract actions from conception through implementation and close out;
3. Experience with cost or price analysis, negotiations, and preparation of related contract documentation in accordance with directives and policies;
4. Proficiency with teaching, mentoring, and coaching contracting professionals on the GS-1102/Contract Specialist contracting series tradecraft.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in any field that includes, or has been supplemented by, at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in a business-related field such as Accounting, Business Administration, Contracts, Economics, Finance, Law, Purchasing, or a related discipline. Reference 10 USC Section 1724 for exceptions and waivers. LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Must obtain DAWIA Certification in Contracting within 24 months. DAWIA Certification in Contracting, as appropriate for the band, within 24 months of appointment. Once obtained, Defense Acquisition Workforce members must obtain 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) every 2 years in order to maintain certification.
Highly Desired Skills
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. Knowledge of selection procedures and experience completing competitive contract actions;
2. Customer Service focus with proven results, to include the ability to engage with the workforce in a positive and effective manner;
3. Experience teaching problem identification, resolution skills, and ability to develop and implement innovative approaches;
4. DAWIA Level III Certification in Contracting or equivalent.
Who Can Apply
External Applicants Only
How To Apply - External
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
- Polygraph Test Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Two Year Probationary Period
- Direct Deposit Required
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in your application.
This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).
How Will I Be Evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:
1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate.
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at ...@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
Additional Job Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs....