US Department of Education: This position is located in the Department of Education, Federal Student Aid (FSA) with 11 vacancies with location negotiable after selection. This position is also announced under vacancy number FSA/ACQ-2023-0008, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
Open to Status Applicants, current federal civilian employees in the competitive service on permanent career or career-conditional appointments; former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; current federal employees eligible under Interchange Agreements; eligible under special hiring authorities (Schedule A, etc.) and VEOA may apply
To maintain accurate records Air Force supply activities are required to take annually scheduled physical inventories. Our Inventory System for the Air Force assists with this task immensely by automating the process and using barcode labels. Airmen can simply scan every barcode label and the system will identify any discrepancy.
USA Jobs Contract Specialist – Department of Education
The primary purpose of this position is to develop broad-gauged individuals who can deal effectively with change and complexity within the Air Force environment as it relates to their career field. Performs a variety of continuing inventory management tasks requiring analytical, judgment, procedural, and technical skills.
Assists higher-graded specialists in developing specific portions of inventory management support projects or analytical and evaluative studies; exchanges factual information; and provides support to others representing the organization. Uses automated information technology (IT) capabilities, such as databases, systems, and computer-generated products, to perform continuing routine inventory management duties. Performs special assignments in keeping with the formal training plan.
Contract Specialist 1102-GS-07/09/11/12 (MP)
- Graduate Education. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
- For positions at GS-7 through GS-12, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph A or B, above.
- Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions in grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
- Starting Date: 7 October 2023.
- Last Date: 31 October 2023.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for GS-7/9
- Working knowledge of Federal contract laws and regulations, policies, and protocols applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of standard and specialized supplies and/or services
- Knowledge of business practice and market conditions applicable to program and technical requirements sufficient to evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility, and contractor performance
- Knowledge of business practices sufficient to identify supply sources, analyze cost and pricing data, evaluate contract proposals, and evaluate offerors for responsibility Ability to communicate effectively, both orally, and in writing.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for GS-11/12
- Knowledge of Federal contract laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of routine or unique supplies and/or services.
- Knowledge of budget and finance laws and related Federal regulations. Knowledge of various types of contracts, methods of contracting, and selection procedures for complex procurements
- Knowledge of program objectives, technical terminology, and uses of supplies and/or services procured sufficient to participate in contract planning, negotiation, and administration
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally, and in writing.
- At a minimum, your resume must indicate your citizenship; if you are registered for Selective Service (if you are a male born after 12/31/59); job title(s) (include job series and grade, if federal); duties description; education; starting and ending dates (month and year); and hours worked per week. We recommend using the inbuilt USAJobs Resume Builder to ensure you do not miss any information. Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
- SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series, and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
- Veteran’s documentation: If you are requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter). http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
- Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
- Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
- Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.
How to Apply
- Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov.
- Create a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder or upload a resume to your USAJOBS account. Ensure that your resume demonstrates your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiates your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
- Upload any required documents into your USAJOBS account (must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
- Click “Apply Online” and follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and attach any required documents. Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the agency’s hiring system. You will have the opportunity to upload any additional required documents in the agency’s hiring system. Click “Finish” to submit your application.
Department of Education Important Links
Conclusion: The Department of Education offers an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in the role of Contract Specialist (GS-1102). This position plays a crucial role in managing inventory and contracts, contributing to the department’s mission of providing financial aid to students. The application process involves creating a USAJOBS account, building a comprehensive resume, and submitting the required documents. Candidates should carefully review the qualifications and responsibilities for the specific GS level they are interested in. If you have the necessary qualifications and are passionate about supporting student’s educational goals, this position could be an excellent career opportunity for you.