Contract Specialist

Contract Specialist

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New York City, New York
Position Type
Organization Type
Government Agency/Public Sector
Professional Level
Non-Competitive Eligibility
Advanced Degree Required

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Contract Specialist
U.S. General Services Administration

Job Posting Date July 11, 2014
Application Deadline August 15, 2014


The General Services Administration, Region 2, Northeast and Caribbean Division, Public Buildings Service (PBS) announces an open call for resumes from Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and transitioning Peace Corps staff with noncompetitive eligibility (NCE).

This is not a guarantee of employment.

As an entry level contract specialist, incumbent will assist higher graded specialists with satisfying customer needs through the professional placement of Government contracts within Public Buildings Services. Assignments consist of learning the scope and foundation of GSA/PBS contracting responsibilities.

Major Duties are as follows:

  • Consults with and supports internal and external customers, as well as companies that have submitted offers and those currently under contract providing technical advice on contracting matters. Keeps customers apprised of project status and procurement issues.
  • Takes responsibility for the full range of pre-award and post-award functions, e.g., price/cost analysis, negotiation, administration and termination in the Public Buildings Service organization.
  • Prepares and issues solicitation documents. Performs detailed analysis of bids, quotes or offers received to determine bid responsiveness and responsibility. Ensures strict compliance with the solicitation clauses and provisions on advertised procurements.
  • Assists with responding to inquiries, including formal protest, congressional inquiries and Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Incumbent may be required to obtain and maintain a warrant; and as required, ensures that all required training and Federal Acquisition Center certifications are current, keeping apprised of changes to procurement regulations and policies.

These positions are part of the Emerging Leaders Trainee Program, which is a three year developmental training program beginning with the GS-7 level and ending upon full performance career level at GS-12. The incumbent receives training enabling him/her to perform the full range of duties described in the Full Performance Position Description at the conclusion of the training program. The GS-7 salary range starts at $44,175.00 per year for NYC duty location if you meet the qualification and eligibility requirements listed. When classification, qualification and training requirements have been met, the incumbent may be promoted to the next higher grade level in the career progression.



In order to qualify at the GS-07 level you must possess the Basic Educational requirement, and one of the following:

  • Current noncompetitive eligibility.

Basic Requirement for GS-1102-05 through 12 levels: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; or 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. Exception Provision: If you occupied a GS-1102 position at the GS-5 through GS-12 on January 1, 2000, you are considered to meet the basic requirement.

In addition to the Basic Requirements (or the exception) listed above, you must also have ONE of the following for appointment at the GS-7 level:
(a) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes working with a wide range of contracting methods and contract types to plan and carry out pre-award and/or post award procurement actions or in-depth knowledge of a specialized area to analyze difficult contracting issues and identify alternative courses of action;
(b) 1 full academic year of graduate education in business, finance, marketing, accounting, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management;
(c) A bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (SSA), which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. For qualification requirements for SSA, go to: Superior Academic Achievement.

Additional Information

This job is available to applicants with active non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status. NCE is a special federal hiring status applicable for certain federal jobs. For more information on NCE, visit


GS-1102-07: $44,175

Location Details

  • The Contract Specialist positions are located at General Services Administration, Region 2, Northeast and Caribbean Division, Public Buildings Service (PBS), New York, NY. The GS-7 salary range starts at $44,175.00 per year for NYC duty location if you meet the following qualification listed below.

Application Instructions

Additional Application Materials:

For more information and to apply, email the following documents to Pamela Tomer, Trainee Program Manager, Office of Emerging Talent Development at by August 15, 2014:

  • Resume
  • Academic transcript(s) (unofficial)
  • Description of Peace Corps service/certification of noncompetitive status

Note: This is an invitation to submit a resume only if you have existing noncompetitive eligibility, and is not a guarantee of employment.

ACWA (Administrative Careers with America) online assessment may be required. If ACWA test required, HR will provide to candidates of interest at a later date.

About Your Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE):
Before you apply for a position where noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) is a qualification, it is important to be sure you have current NCE status. Employers who are only looking for NCE candidates cannot hire someone without this status. In order to ensure that Federal agencies continue to promote this hiring mechanism, we ask you to not apply for NCE positions if you do not have current NCE.

• RPCVs are awarded one year of noncompetitive eligibility that begins the day after their COS date. It can only be extended by the hiring agency (not Peace Corps) if an RPCV is in graduate school full-time, enters the military, or engages in another activity that the hiring agency thinks warrants an extension. NCE can be extended for two years beyond the initial one-year period, for a grand total of three years. Three years after the COS date, your NCE is no longer valid, regardless of your circumstances.

• RPCVs who have completed less than one year of service (including training time) will not receive NCE. However, the Country Director may issue certification to a Volunteer who has satisfactorily served for twelve consecutive months, including training, and whose termination is determined to be for reasons beyond the Volunteer’s control. If you are not sure if you have NCE, please check the last paragraph of your Description of Service.

• Peace Corps staff members who have successfully completed 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of three days earn the status of noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) in applying for other Federal positions, which they retain until three years from the date that they separate from the Peace Corps. Please see 5 CFR 315.607 for the governing authority. Peace Corps staff members with questions about their NCE should contact Human Resource Management.

• For further questions regarding RPCV noncompetitive eligibility (NCE), please review the special federal employment issue of Hotline, May 15, 2011 at

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps' Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

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