Summary As a Contract Specialist, you will serve as an expert satisfying customer needs through the professional placement and management of government contracts. Location: FAS, Office of General Supply & Services Categories, MAS Contracting Division. This position is remote. The duty location will be determined upon selection. We are currently filling 5 vacancies, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed. Responsibilities As a Contract Specialist, you will: Work on the most complex contracting actions and functions involving highly specialized procurements of significant importance to FAS and customer agencies with missions of national and global impact. Operate as a senior acquisition professional for the GSA service and/or region and in this role is responsible for the analysis and evaluation of contracting policies and practices, and the initiation, development and recommendation of contracting policies, procedures and guidance impacting a large number of contract specialists and contracting organizations. Perform procurement planning. Serve as an advisor to program officials in procurement planning meetings, identifying the procurement objectives and methodologies to be used and provide expert technical guidance in the preparation of statements of work. Perform the full range of pre-award and post-award functions, e.g., price/cost analysis, negotiation, administration and termination. The incumbent procures a wide range of highly specialized services or supplies utilizing a variety of highly complex acquisition contracts, methods and vehicles. Perform contract administration and termination of contracts. *We are currently filling 5 vacancies. Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement or other GSA organizations within the same commuting areas needed. Requirements Conditions of Employment US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959 Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required. If selected, you must meet the following conditions: Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service. Serve a one-year probationary period, if required. Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level). Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment. Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position. This position description includes the requirements for the FAC-C (Professional) certification which mandates that the incumbent obtain and maintain the FAC-C (Professional) Certification. Qualifications For each job on your resume, provide: the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year) number of hours per week you worked (if part time). If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume. For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here. The GS-13 salary range starts at $103,409 per year. The salary shown in this announcement does not include locality pay. Locality pay will be determined once the selectee's duty location has been established. To view current locality rates, visit - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2023/general-schedule To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience utilizing contracting regulations, policies, and procedures to: perform the full range of pre-award and post-award activities on various contract types such as fixed price, fixed price economic price adjustment, various cost type contracts, requirements contracts, performance based acquisitions, and multiple award schedules; defend pre-award and/or post-award protests, contract claims, and contract disputes; work as part of an effective, integrated project team as well as work collaboratively with junior contract specialists and coworkers. Examples should detail evidence of professional potential, business acumen, strong oral/written communication, and relationship building in order to procure a variety of complex or specialized products and/or services. In addition to meeting the specialized experience listed above, you must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below: 1. All of a, b, and c below: (a) Completion of Training/Certification: FAC-C (Professional) or DoD Contracting Professional Certification. (b) At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the level described below; and (c) Completion of 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. 2. Exception: If you were in a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000, you will be exempt from meeting the educational requirements for the grade level of that position. However, to be promoted you will have to meet Option 1 or 3. 3. Waiver: GSA's senior procurement executive has the discretion to waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above. Note: Candidates that are missing either the 24 hours of business credit and/or the mandatory training certification, but are determined to be otherwise eligible, can be placed on a waiver certification by the HR staffing specialist. This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. Education Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their Bachelor's college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. Additional Information Bargaining Unit Status: This position is eligible for the bargaining unit Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility. Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all. GSA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility that goes beyond our compliance with EEO regulations including: Valuing and embracing diversity, promoting equity, inclusion and accessibility, and expecting cultural competence; and Fostering a work environment where all employees, customers and stakeholders feel respected and valued. Our commitment is: Reflected in our policies, procedures and work environment; Recognized by our employees, customers and stakeholders; and Drives our efforts to recruit, attract, retain and engage the diverse workforce needed to achieve our mission.