The Office of Contracts and Grants Management applies sound and innovative business strategies and techniques to provide timely, effective, and seamless acquisitions and grant support to our clients to enable fulfillment of the Library's mission. The incumbent serves as a lead contract specialist for the Library of Congress.
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 of 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 a broad range of actions and 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 execute all aspects of contracting transactions: from working with clients to develop and refine their needs through evaluation, negotiation, and selection of contractors for a dynamic range of supplies and specialized services. You will apply techniques to research market conditions and sources, develop effective strategies to achieve results, and negotiate to obtain the best value solutions for your clients’ diverse needs. You will apply 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.
The Contract Specialist conducts advance acquisition planning and prepares novel or innovative acquisition plans, source selection plans, and contract terms, conditions, or financial arrangements which serve as models for future acquisitions. Advise clients and prepare procurement objectives for clear requirements to support optimal competition.
Serves as lead negotiator for Library programs involving multiple interrelated requirements and contracts; work with junior-level specialists to plan, negotiate, execute, and monitor contracts. Explains Library of Congress contract provisions for team members, clients, and industry personnel. Ensures agreements comply with contract terms and provisions.
Performs all aspects of contracting transactions for procurements with numerous different processes or elements resulting in extensive contract administration and subcontracting. Responsible for important and complex agency acquisitions involving diverse supplies and services, e.g., telecommunications and other electronic systems and subsystems, building maintenance, architect/engineering, etc. Coordinates contractual actions involving many sophisticated, multi-million dollar contracts with periods of performance.
Analyzes proposals extending for more than one year and requiring projecting expected changes in labor and material costs and technology that do not permit price comparisons because of restricted competition. Responsible for conducting extensive and complex cost and financial analyses. Uses cost estimating methods, such as learning curve, regression analysis, sophisticated contractual arrangements, extensive fact finding, etc. Prepares final price for negotiation position and participates as a member on the negotiating team.
Performs contract termination actions for significant project contracts after several years of work have been expended. Terminates highly specialized and complex procurements that are significant to the Library. Evaluates settlement proposals/claims involving disposition of large amounts of Government inventory and/or property.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Must have completed at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions AND 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.
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.
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.
Knowledge of Federal contracting laws, regulations, principles, policies, and procedures to develop and issue solicitations and contracts.**
Ability to research, analyze, and interpret Federal contract laws, regulations, principles, and policies.**
Ability to negotiate and monitor contracts.**
Ability to lead a team.**
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to assess and meet customer needs.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing
Internal Number: VAR000412
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