Food and Drug Administration LEAD CONTRACT SPECIALIST in Jefferson, Arkansas

Food and Drug Administration
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Jefferson, AR
  • Rockville, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/17/2016 (67 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/15/2016 (23 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, DHHS is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.

This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens.

All applicants who meet the basic qualifications and key requirements of this position, will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply.

This position is located in the Office of Finance, Budget and Acquisitions, Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services.

The Office of Finance, Budget and Acquisitions, Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services (OAGS) provides strategic business advice and acquisition and execution support to its stakeholders, and liaisons with the Department of Health and Human Service Senior Procurement Executive to ensure FDA is fully compliant with all Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Departmental regulations regarding contracts, grants, and interagency agreements. Additionally, OAGS ensures new federal acquisition policies and changes are communicated to its contracting staff and conducts outreach programs to enhance FDA's acquisition community's understanding of the acquisition and assistance process.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

The locality pay for Jefferson, AR area at the GS-14- $99,785.00- $129,723.00 per annum

*The locality pay for Rockville, MD area at the GS-14- $108,887.00 - $141,555.00 per annum *


As a Lead Contracting Specialist for the Office of Finance, Budget and Acquisitions, Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services you will be responsible for:

  • All pre-award and post award functions on contracts nearly all of which are complex.

  • Reviewing, analyzing and implementing acquisition policies and procedures issued by various Federal organizations.

  • Full range of contracts including competitive and sole sources requirements under special acquisitions regulations.

  • Analyzing legal, administrative and other issuances that impinge on privacy, consultants, FOI clearance and many others. Recommend and prepare responses for supervisor.

  • Providing technical guidance to junior and senior Contract Specialists on all aspects of pre and post award acquisitions and contract activities.

  • Serving as a resource for other specialists on contracting and acquisitions policies and procedures, provides necessary on-the-job training, and assists specialists in dealing with various government personnel, contractors, and others from the public.

  • Unlimited delegation of authority and awards contracts prepared by other specialists who have limited delegations of authority. * *Level III certification is required.*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation is required.
  • You may be required to serve a one (1) year probationary period.
  • Be sure to read the "How To Apply" section for all required documents
  • Transcripts are required.

You must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience for the GS-14: One year experience at the GS-13, in the Federal service or gained experience in the private sector that has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform in this position. Specialized experience includes provide leadership and direction to a staff in the area of contracting and acquisitions. Experience analyzing and evaluating contract matters, initiating, developing and recommending contracting policies, procedures, guidance and control of contracting activities and experience in providing various support services including workforce planning and training, as well as acquisitions.

Basic Requirements for the GS-13 and above:

Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to the 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 or perform successfully the work of the position.


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, you must meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for a promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver.

Conditions of Employment:

  1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

  2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

  3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

  4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

  5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

  6. One-year probationary period may be required.

  7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: * No*

  8. Bargaining Unit Position: * No*

  9. Drug Screening Required: No

  10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Other Information

Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment? This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers. This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Salary Range: $87,263.00 to $113,444.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1102-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445865600

Job Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-OO-16-DH-1755646CA