permanent ( Open to All ) Contract Specialist (Vacancy#:VAR001326)

  • Opening Date: August 3, 2020
  • Closing Date: August 2, 2021
  • OPM Control Number: 575309300
  • Vacancy Number: VAR001326
  • LC Organization Unit: Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • LC Organization Unit - Specific Office: Contracts Division
  • Grade: GS-07
  • Series: 1102
  • Minimum Salary: $48670.00
  • Maximum Salary: $63267.00
  • Availability: Open to All

This is an open continuous vacancy announcement. Applicants may submit or update their application before the closing date. Applicants will be referred after the first cutoff date, and subsequent referrals will be made at the manager’s request. The announcement may close earlier or at the request of the selecting official or after the job is filled.

As a Contract Specialist at the Library, you will have the opportunity to work with leaders in their fields to understand and help them fulfill their needs through contractual relationships. You will research and provide guidance on complex issues such as contract structure, negotiation strategies, and performance management in support of your clients’ missions. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gain to negotiate meaningful and effective contracts for a broad spectrum of your clients’ needs, applying your knowledge of law and business practices to establish and maintain client confidence and trust. You will support, coach, and lead your team members in the consistent and effective application of integrity, honesty, and tact in all of the dealings within your portfolio. You will learn all aspects of contracting transactions: from working with clients to developing and refining their needs through evaluation, negotiation, and selection of contractors for a dynamic range of supplies and specialized services. You will learn techniques to research market conditions and sources, developing effective strategies to achieve results, and negotiating to obtain the best value solutions for your clients diverse needs. You will hone your skills to effectively manage performance on technically complex contract engagements, including obtaining and monitoring funding levels and expenditures, analyzing contract costs, evaluating firms’ fiscal soundness, production capacity, and methods for quality assurance.

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