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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management Supervisory Contract Specialist in United States

Summary This position is located in the Department of Labor's (DOL), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), Office of the Senior Procurement Executive (OSPE). The OSPE is responsible for the management and direction of DOL's acquisition system and mission; providing effective, ethical, and prudent business advice; and robust acquisition policies and services. This position is outside the bargaining unit. Responsibilities The selectee(s) will report to an assigned DOL office location on a regular basis and be eligible for telework as determined by agency policy. This is not a remote position. Offices are located in Washington DC; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; New York City, NY; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; and Beckley, WV The incumbent serves as a first-line supervisor that will be responsible for the overall management and supervision within one or more separate and distinct contracting branches and will be actively engaged in all phases and activities relative to the procurement process. The incumbent manages major and often complex programs such as nationwide Information Technology services which require long-range planning, scheduling, and problem-solving abilities based upon a solid foundation of contracting methods and contract types. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Serves as the principal contract/business advisor to major program office(s) and represents OSPE as the Program Office's contractual authority. Interprets policies, defines objectives and makes authoritative decisions which establish precedents or resolve technical and procedural problems. Develop and establish positions on key issues of importance when negotiating regulatory and statutory authorities or justifying division strategies and operations to achieve compliance with established policies, regulations and requirements. Applies precedents found in government contracting case law to specific contracting situations to ensure that legally binding contracting officer decisions are consistent, justifiable and will be upheld at appellate courts or board. Advises customers on acquisition-related roles and in the development and implementation of strategies needed to assure supplies and services are available when needed to meet mission requirements, and advises senior leadership on problems involving the relationship of the work of the Divisions to broader programs. Adjust work operations and program objectives to meet emergencies, changing programs, or production requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quality or quantity of work. Plans and assigns work to be accomplished by subordinate staff. Communicates procurement information to internal and external audiences regarding acquisition process and procedures. Represents the organization in contractual matters with other Department and Federal agencies and in negotiations with private industry. Shares information from meetings with DOL Leadership in writing or in presentations with DOL Leadership, senior managers and OSPE staff. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications You must meet the Basic Requirements and the Specialized Experience to qualify for Supervisory Contract Specialist, as described below. Basic Requirements: 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 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. (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.) Specialized Experience is the experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform the duties of the position successfully, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. For the GS-14: In addition to the basic requirement, the applicant must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower graded level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Examples of Specialized experience include: -Serving as business advisor for program officials on acquisition and administrative matters, and recommending effective/efficient solutions. -Applying appropriate policies, applicable laws, regulations, practices, procedures and effectively and managing the procurement of supplies and services of various sizes and complexity through all phases of the acquisition process. -Planning, organizing, directing and managing the procurement of supplies and services of various sizes and complexity through all phases of the acquisition process. -Overseeing and/or leading lower graded employees through the pre-award and post-award contracting functions. -Experience serving as a warranted Contracting Officer. -Possessing a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) (Professional) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Contracting (Professional). Applicants must submit a copy of their FAC-C (Professional) certification or DAWIA Contracting (Professional) certification. -Collaborating with top management to carry out assignments involving key programs and/or initiatives. -Conducting acquisition file reviews and/or audits. Education Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum coursework requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. Additional Information A performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. The mission of the Department of Labor (DOL) is to protect the welfare of workers and job seekers, improve working conditions, expand high-quality employment opportunities, and assure work-related benefits and rights for all workers. As such, the Department is committed to fostering a workplace and workforce that promote equal employment opportunity, reflects the diversity of the people we seek to serve, and models a culture of respect, equity, inclusion, and accessibility where every employee feels heard, supported, and empowered. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES As a condition of employment, all personnel must undergo a background investigation for access to DOL facilities, systems, information and/or classified materials before they can enter on duty: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states: Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interest and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements. Supervisory Financial Disclosure: This position is subject to the confidential financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest(s) and your prospective position with DOL. This information will be required annually. Click here for Telework Position Information Based on agency needs, additional positions may be filled using this vacancy. The Fair Chance Act (FCA) prohibits Federal agencies from requesting an applicant's criminal history information before the agency makes a conditional offer of employment. If you believe a DOL employee has violated your rights under the FCA, you may file a complaint of the alleged violation following our agency's complaint process Guidelines for Reporting Violations of the Fair Chance Act. Note: The FCA does not apply to some positions specified under the Act, such as law enforcement or national security positions. All Department of Labor employees are subject to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Program under Executive Order 12564 and Public Law 100-71.