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Department Of Energy Supervisory Contract Specialist in Lemont, Illinois


A successful candidate in this position will: Provide expert acquisition and assistance advise to senior management and Science program offices andexercises significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other units, organizations, and customers and coordinates with other staff offices and divisions on matters affecting the overall work at the Office of Grants and Cooperative Agreements to develop improvements of work directed.


Amendment: The closing date has been extended from 03/03/21 to 03/08/2021.

As a GS-15, Supervisory Contract Specialist, you will: Provide consultation for decisions on controversial and complex problems encountered and directs overall policy implementation through continuing general review of completed work.

Find and implement ways to eliminate or reduce barriers to production, promote team building, and improve business practices, thereby finding ways to improve employee production and/or increase employee work quality.

Assure acquisition and assistance activities and agreements comply with Federal, DOE and local requirements and are compliant with the requirements of applicable DOE Orders and other regulations pertaining to environmental protection, health and safety, quality assurance, and other requirements.

Supervise development of a pre-negotiation position, determines the type of award instrument and negotiation authority to be used, and prepares justifications as necessary.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

Resume and question responses must be submitted online.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a Non Sensitive-High Risk-Tier 4 security investigation.

Subject to the appropriate background investigation to determine suitability or fitness for federal employment. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudications of periodic reinvestigations, if applicable.

You are required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). For additional information and to obtain the form, please visit the Office of Government Ethics.

New supervisors/managers are required to serve a one-year probationary period.

New supervisors are required to complete 80 hours of supervisory training of which 40 hours must be completed during your first year as a supervisor.

This position is not included in a Bargaining Agreement.

This position is included in the Department of Energy's Acquisition Career Management Program. The selectee will be required to meet specific certification requirements within a reasonable period of time (typically 24 months) from the date of placement in the position.

The incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III and Financial Assistance Level III certification.


Basic Education Requirement 1102 Series: 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. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action. In addition to meeting the education requirement above, candidates must meet the experience requirement below.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Providing consultation for decisions on controversial and complex problems encountered.

Directing overall policy implementation through continuing general review of completed work.

Participating in the formulation of an organization's acquisition.

Developing local implementing guidance for acquisition and assistance policies. Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! Knowledge ofexpert acquisition and assistance to advise senior management and program offices.

Skills todeal with an extremely broad spectrum of laws, regulations, and policies to resolve a wide range of complex issues and makes decisions that drive cost-effective achievement of organizational goals and objectives.

Skills in promoting team building and employee development.

Ability to negotiate or supervise negotiation of acquisition and assistance actions with middle and top-level representatives of such organizations as universities, large for-profit firms, small and small disadvantaged businesses, and other Federal agencies. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information:

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