Army National Guard Units (Title 32/Title 5) CONTRACT SPECIALIST in Pineville, Louisiana

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Summary

**The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your states and your community!

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.

LOCATION: NGLA-PFO (USPFO), CAMP BEAUREGARD, PINEVILLE, LA

This is a National Guard Dual Status Technician position requiring military membership, compatible military skill assignment, and classification. The primary purpose of this position is to provide sound business advice in the execution of pre-award and post-award functions, using a wide range of common contracting methods and contract types, to assist in the procurement of standard or specialized services, commodities, and/or construction within an operational contracting office.

Open Areas of Consideration: 1

DEFINITION OF AREA(S) OF CONSIDERATION:

Area 1 = Officer (O-4 and below), Warrant Officer, and Enlisted members of the Louisiana National Guard.

NOTICE: THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY: FEDERAL LAW REQUIRED ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES.**

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Responsibilities

**Duties & 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 and determines the sources to be solicited. 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, finance and contract pricing 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 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.

  2. Procures a wide variety of services, commodities, 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, case law, 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 or sole source requirements. Ensures the price schedule is properly structured, prepares the solicitation, determines sources to be solicited, issues solicitations and amendments, and determines the acceptability of offers based on an analysis of financial and technical information gained. Obtains and reviews subcontracting plans as required.

  3. Executes post-award contract performance management actions on assigned contracts. Monitors and evaluates contractor performance for compliance with terms and conditions of contracts and ensures timely submission of technical progress reports 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 issues change orders as necessary. Obtains additional funds or de-obligates funds, as required. Negotiates and prepares contract modifications caused by changes in technical requirements, in quantities, ordering unpriced options, and similar issues. Creates modifications for corrective action. Analyzes price and cost elements of the proposed change(s) and obtains audits when required. Analyzes a wide variety of contract administration problems.

  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. Prepares letters, memoranda, documents, or reports that support contractual actions or recommendations. Researches and recommends appropriate action or interpretation of issues.

  5. Performs other as duties as assigned.**

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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1102 Contracting

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Conditions of Employment

**1) National Guard Membership is required.

2) Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.

3) Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.

4) May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade prior to the effective date of placement. Selectee must also be in a compatible military assignment (MOS/AFSC) prior to or within one year of placement.

Military Grades: OFFICER (O-4 and below), WARRANT OFFICER, & ENLISTED

Compatible Military Assignments:**

  • OFF (O-4 and below) = CMF: 01A, 27A, 36A, 90A, 91A, 92A, 51C; AFSC: 64PX;
  • WO = CMF: 011A, 920A, 920B;
  • ENL = CMF: 36B, 42A, 51C, 92A, 92Y, 92Z; AFSC: 6C000, 6C091, 6C071, 51JX; **SECURITY CLEARANCE: Must maintain appropriate level of security clearance.

*LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS - Acceptance of this position may result in the loss of contracted incentive(s). For further details, contact the LANG State Incentive Manager, at (504) 278-8116 (ARMY) 391-8336 (AIR FORCE). *

Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.**

Qualifications

**GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Must possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees, AND at least Twenty-Four (24) Semester Hours in any combination of the following studies: Accounting, Business, Finance, Law, Contracts, Purchasing, Economics, Industrial Management, Marketing, Quantitative Methods, or Organization and Management.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

(For GS-07) - Must meet positive education requirement. Candidate must have at least Twelve (12) months of an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the National Guard Procurement business and/or contracting program requirements and certifications. Applicants should have experiences and training that demonstrates the ability to follow directions, to read, retain, and understand a variety of instructions, regulations, policies and procedures. Those Dual Status Technician applicants, who completed the Contracting Apprentice Course and were awarded the applicable and compatible military skills (ARNG Enlisted MOS 51C; or, the ANG Enlisted AFSC 6C0X1) are considered minimally qualified for the GS-07 position. As a condition of continued employment in the GS-1102-07 positions, employees must complete Level One Certification within Twenty-Four (24) months of appointment to their positions.

(For GS-09) - Intermediate Level Two. To qualify, candidate must have Level One Certification awarded. Must meet positive education requirement. Must have at least Twelve (12) months of functional contracting experiences and competencies that provided knowledge of contracting principles and procedures to include the following business: Procurement in Pre-Award and Award Contracts; Simplified Acquisition Procedures; Small Business Socio-Economic; Delivery Order / Task Order; Contract Administration; Government Purchase Card program. As a condition of continued employment in the GS-1102-09 position, the employee must complete Level Two Certification within Twenty-Four (24) months of appointment to the position.

(For GS-11) - Intermediate Level Two. To qualify, candidate must have Level Two Certification awarded. Must meet positive education requirement. Must have at least Twelve (12) months of broadening contracting experiences and competencies that provided full working knowledge and skill in contracting principles and procedures to include the following tasks: Procurement in Pre-Award and Award Contracts, Simplified Acquisition Procedures, Small Business Socio- Economic, Delivery Order / Task Order, Contract Administration, Purchase Card program.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must have, or be able to obtain, Level One (Entry Level) Certification within Twenty-Four (24) months after appointment. Must have a current Network License according to Army or Air Force Directives, Licensing Network Users and Certifying Network Professionals. Current Dual Status (DS) technician personnel, who occupied GS-1102 positions with authority to award or administer contracts, above the simplified acquisition threshold on/or before September 30, 2000, are exempt from meeting the education requirement.**

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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 (https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Contracting/Procurement and Decision Making

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Security clearance

Secret

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.

  2. Application Packet (Click Link To Download) and submit other supporting documents.

  3. Security Clearance Form (Please complete this form and submit if you do not have at least a "SECRET" security clearance.)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

Follow the prompts to select your resume, application packet, and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

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LANG HRO INBOX
Phone

504-278-(8767)(8748)(8737)

Email

NG.LA.LAARNG.MBX.HRO-ACTIONS@MAIL.MIL

Address

LA ARNG UNITED STATES PROPERTY AND FISCAL OFFICE 304 F STREET PINEVILLE, LA US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495927300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/05/2018 to 04/25/2018

Salary: $61,218 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 7 - 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent