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Army National Guard Units CONTRACT SPECIALIST GS-7/9/11 T5 (internal/current/rehire Federal) in Helena, Montana

Summary THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE UP TO 2 POSITION. Also advertised as external (previous MT NG or federal employees) on JOB #: MT-11494785-T5-22-445 Recruitment and Relocation incentives may be authorized IAW 3R program PCS Funds may be authorized. Selecting Official: Jodi Zolynski Position is a CONTRACT SPECIALIST Title 5 (External) GS7/9/11, Position Description Number(s) T0050/T0049/T0048, and is part of the Purchasing and Contracting Office, MT Army National Guard. Responsibilities 1. Plans the overall approach to meet contracting program objectives for procuring a wide variety of requirements. Performs market research/analysis to determine availability of the requirement; analyzes market trends, commercial practices, conditions and technological advances. Determines appropriate method of procurement using a wide range of contracting methods and contract types. Selects appropriate contracting approaches, techniques, and procedures to solve a variety of acquisition problems. Analyzes contracting issues and recommends best course of action. Performs acquisition planning along with the program manager/customer, technical, legal, and finance personnel to develop market research, acquisition strategy, milestones, evaluation/source selection criteria, and/or incentive or award fee provisions, as applicable. Exercises latitude in dealing with problems arising during the pre-award phase of the procurement action. Plans and carries out the work, selecting the approaches and techniques to be used, and determines actions to be taken on assigned contracts. Uses judgment in interpreting guidelines, in adapting procurement procedures to specific situations and in recommending solutions to problems encountered. Provides business advice and assistance to technical personnel involved in the development of the performance work statement/statement of work/statement of objectives or data requirements. Reviews requisition packages for adequacy and compliance with administrative, regulatory, and procedural requirements and consistency with current market practices and conditions. Reviews procurement requests to determine whether, based on market analysis, the requirement can be performed by small businesses; actively solicits Small Businesses and a wide range of socioeconomic groups. If appropriate, initiates action to have all or part of a procurement set-aside exclusively for small business/socioeconomic performance. Prepares applicable determinations and findings. Assists with the development of evaluation criteria to use in determining source selection and best value requests for quotations/proposals which include utilization of past performance data and technical qualifications for awards based on other than lowest price. Procurements usually involve a variety of considerations such as socioeconomic, market conditions and strategy, difficult-to-define scopes of work, legal conditions, rigid deadlines, or incentive arrangements. 2. Assists in procuring a wide variety of services, supplies, and/or construction. Applies all statutory requirements including regulations, policies, procedures, business and industry practices, market trends, Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Comptroller General Decisions, public law, caselaw, and precedents to all acquisitions. Contracts assigned may contain a variety of unique attributes such as special handling provisions or other specialized terms and conditions, unfavorable market conditions, and limited competition requirements. Ensures the price schedule is properly structured, prepares the solicitation, recommends most appropriate solicitation method, drafts solicitations and amendments, and determines the acceptability of offers based on an analysis of contractor past performance, responsibility and various technical factors. Conducts any necessary conferences to discuss proposals received; performs price or cost analysis; plans and conducts negotiations on price, technical requirements, terms and conditions of the contract. 3. Executes post-award contract performance management actions on assigned contracts. Trains and monitors appointed Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) as required. Monitors and evaluates contractor performance for compliance with terms and conditions of contracts and ensures timely submission of contract deliverables and performance metrics. Makes field site visits to detect and/or correct labor standards violations, takes appropriate action to expedite delivery or performance when required by mission changes, monitors the contractors' use of government-furnished property inventories, and prepares change orders as necessary. Evaluates and requests additional funds or de-obligates funds, as required. Analyzes a wide variety of contract administration problems. Negotiates and prepares contract modifications caused by changes in technical requirements, in quantities, ordering unpriced options. 4. Provides business advice and guidance to technical personnel and others on contracting work and prepares correspondence. Represents the interest of the organization in a professional manner in meetings and various contacts outside the agency on a variety of issues that often are not well-defined. Provides advice, guidance, training and assistance to technical or program personnel, functional commanders and/or contractors on contractual language, legal responsibilities, and acquisition and business-related issues. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Education Requirement: Must possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Must have experience in positions supporting competencies in business, finance, risk management, project management, or supply chain management. Experience must include competencies such as skill in collecting and analyzing data and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively and other professional competencies in procurement administration or purchase card management. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-07 - (Foundational Level) - Must have one year of experience in positions collecting and analyzing data. Experience assisting in business management, financial management, project management, risk management, or supply chain management. GS-09 - (Foundational Level) - Must have one year of experience in contracting at the GS-07 grade level that provided exposure to the full scope of contracting and acquisition and a working knowledge in one or more of the following areas: (1) A knowledge of contracting authority and responsibility, (2) Contract principles and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, (3) Contractor responsibility standards, (4) Regulatory compliance, (5) Knowledge of Federal supply schedule contracting, and (6) Knowledge of acquisition definitions and applicability. In addition to participating in education and training courses, individuals are expected to develop their required competencies through relevant on-the-job experience, which may include rotational assignments. GS-11 - (Practitioner Level) - Must have one year of contracting experience at the GS-09 level performing work in the following areas as applicable to the position being filled: (1) Pre-award of contracts related to development of a solicitation. Acquisition planning, requesting offers, and developing offers by evaluation of solicitation and finalizing offers, (2) Award of contracts that includes forming a contract, and (3) Post-Award actions to administer the contract. Competencies at the practitioner category emphasize functional specialization in contracting. Specialized experience may have been gained while providing business advice to customers and performing all pre-award/post-award functions, using a wide range of contracting methods and types to procure complex and/or diversified commodities, services and/or construction. Individuals at this category are expected to have and apply journeyman level acquisition-related skills. Must have Level 1, DAWIA Foundational Certification (or equivalent, see Certifications Issued by Federal (non-DoD) Organizations below). Must include cert with application. Certifications Issued by Federal (non-DoD) Organizations - Contracting certifications issued by Federal (non-DoD) organizations such as the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) and certifications issued by the Department of Homeland Security, or the Coast Guard are not reciprocal with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification. However, the National Guard Bureau may consider these Federal, non-DoD certifications in exercising the fulfillment process toward meeting the certification requirements of Chapter 87 of Title 10, U.S.C. Completed DAU or equivalent coursework may be transferable and applied toward the functional or acquisition training standards for an acquisition workforce member's DAWIA contracting certification. Applicants that qualify for the position based upon their contracting experience in the 1102 series as an employee in a non-DoD position will be given thirty-six months to achieve Level 1 DAWIA Foundational certification. The HCA designated POC will assist the HRO in exercising the fulfillment process toward meeting the certification requirements of Chapter 87 of Title 10. Education You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position. Additional Information If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency ( If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.