Contract Specialist (Zone Chief)

locationAtlanta - Georgia (GA),

atUS Department of Agriculture

Estimated salary $107,807 - $140,146 a year

Job Description:



    This position is located in a Regional Office or Station Headquarters with responsibility of providing leadership, oversight, and direction for the East Zone Field Procurement Operations, Construction and Architect and Engineering (A&E) Contracting Service Areas as a Zone Chief. Provides leadership for contracting operations supporting the construction and A&E contract awards for regional offices, forests and research stations.



    • Ensures contracting work units products are compliant with federal and agency requirements through establishment, monitoring and oversight of internal metrics and controls.
    • Serves as a liaison between management, program staffs and supervised work units to expedite the completion of priority work.
    • Researches, interprets, formulates, disseminates and implements procurement guidance for the Zone.
    • Advises on acquisition planning for new mission requirements and conducts special studies related to the acquisition process.
    • Develops plans for achieving client program office acquisition goals and initiates action to achieve goals (e.g., Procurement Lead-times, set asides for small businesses, etc.).
    • Makes final decisions on procurement technical matters.
    • Reviews procurement reports, identifies necessary actions and ensures actions are taken in areas such as monitoring performance metrics, improving data quality and tracking workload balance across units.
    • Determines the accuracy and adequacy of procurement requirements and automated contracting systems.
    • Plans and directs the overall operations of the Zone, including multiple work units supporting various customer groups.
    • Plans for work to be performed during the fiscal year, considering acquisition plans, historical data, and specifically known requirements.
    • Manages the allocation of the work of multiple units by continually evaluating customer and work needs compared to available operational capacity.
    • Sets and adjusts short- and long-term priorities and schedules for the team.
    • Sets performance standards for supervisors and other employees in the organization and holds direct reports accountable to those standards.
    • Coaches and advises workforce on matters of career and individual development for Procurement functions.
    • Leads, coaches, and coordinates with stakeholders on a large variety of issues to achieve desired outcomes effectively and efficiently.
    • Finds and implements ways to eliminate or reduce significant bottlenecks and barriers to work unit productivity, promotes team building, and improves business practices.
    • Demonstrates leadership in establishing and maintaining a work environment that is free from discrimination and creates a sense of inclusion and support for all employees in the workplace.

    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

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
    • Must possess current Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III or DAWIA Level III in Contracting.
    • Must file OGE-450 financial disclosure if they hold a warrant for $1 million or more, or if supervising employees who hold warrants for $1 million or more.


    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

    Basic Requirement:
    A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-14 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.


    B. 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.

    C. 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.

    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 basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed

    Specialized Experience Requirement:
    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: managed complex construction and architect and engineering contracts, that included advertising, awarding, negotiating, administering and close out; supported leadership-level procurement program planning and provided guidance for contracting programs; directly supervised employees in the completion of a contracting program of work.

    Selective Placement Factor(s):
    Applicants must possess a current active FAC-C Level III or DAWIA Level III in Contracting.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.


    See above for education requirements.

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors.

    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
    Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probationary period.

    Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. For more information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management,
    Salary and Wages web page.

    For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Pierce Tucker at 707-561-2962 or at [email protected]

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veteran's preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the responsibilities section including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

    If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

    FAC-C or DAWIA Level III in Contracting certification.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position. Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.

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