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Contract Specialist

Company: Department of Defense
Location: Cheyenne
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies at the grades GS-05 and GS-07 only. There may be promotion potential up to the GS-9 or higher.

Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Once this Public Notice closes, you must reapply.

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  • Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to grade level
  • GS-5: Follow specific direction of higher grade specialist, determine method of procurement used and prepare Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Request for Proposal (RFP), ensuring that technical descriptions and appropriate contract clauses are included.
  • GS-5: Attend conferences with contractors to learn contractual and negotiation requirements such as clarifying billing procedures, material submittals, and socioeconomic clauses and negotiating extension of delivery schedules.
  • GS-5: Receive on-the-job instruction and training to familiarize the employee with functions and operations of the organization and to provide experience in the practical application of basic contracting principles, techniques and concepts.
  • GS-7: Follow established procedures to procure off-the-shelf materials, which are available from numerous commercial sources, and are easily identified by common names for which standard price lists are available.
  • GS-7: Review requisitions to determine if proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents.
  • GS-7: Perform detailed analysis of responses to solicitations, including price reasonableness, adequacy of competition, compliance with solicitation, and probability of meeting requirements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • Travel and relocation expenses, if authorized, will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
  • Position may be subject to random drug testing
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
  • Employee must maintain current applicable certifications
  • A security clearance may be required
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments is required


THIS IS AN INDIVDUAL, SINGLE AGENCY QUALIFICATION STANDARD FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE POSITIONS: This standard implements requirements contained in Title 10, United States Code, Sections 1723 through 1733, as amended by Section 861(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Public Law 116-92) and implemented on a policy exception basis by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment memorandum, Exception to 24 Semester Hours Requirement for Contracting Positions, effective and dated August 2, 2020.



All applicant must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees - OR - a current member of the Armed Forces (not retired or separated) OR a current DOD employee that meets the following requirements: 1) served as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold on or before 30 September 2000; 2) served, on or before 30 September 2000, in a position as either an employee in the GS-1102 series or as a member of the Armed Forces in a similar occupation specialty; OR, (3) is in the contingency contracting force.


In addition to meeting the basic requirements at the GS-5 level above, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level. Specialized experience is experience that may have been gained while in the Federal service procuring a wide variety products and services; administering terms and conditions of contracts; negotiating and awarding contracts and contract modifications; performing price/cost analysis; monitoring contractor's performance; performing work associated with termination of contracts - OR - one full academic year of graduate education, law school -OR- Superior Academic Achievement.

For additional information regarding superior academic achievement, click on this OPM Qualification Standard:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of contracting principles, policies and procedures.

  2. Knowledge of business practices and market conditions applicable.

  3. Skill in applying contract price/cost analysis techniques to a variety of pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions.

  4. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Keywords: Department of Defense, Cheyenne , Contract Specialist, Other , Cheyenne, Wyoming

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