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Job opening: Contract Specialist

Salary: $82 764 - 157 413 per year
Published at: Feb 16 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) is hiring highly motivated and skilled procurement professionals. Join us in supporting one of the most important missions of the U.S. Government - the administration of justice - and work with a team of professionals at the forefront of procurement, while leveraging cutting edge technology, continuous process improvement, and robotic process automation projects to provide best in class customer service to the entire judicial branch.


The Contract Specialist position is located in the Procurement Management Division (PMD) within the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The PMD manages a comprehensive procurement program for the entire Federal Judiciary. Our contract specialists and contracting officers rely on a combination of the Judiciary's unique procurement authorities and policies, and on FAR-based procedures to conduct cradle-to-grave procurements for a wide-range of supplies and services, including complex information technology services, administrative services, and services to support the administration of justice. The incumbent will work with a high-degree of independence while performing the full range acquisition-related activities. We are seeking a talented individual with a passion for procurement, a commitment to providing excellent customer service, and the ability to think creatively. If you hold the new FAC-C Professional certification (or comparable DAWIA or industry certification) and are also Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) certified, we are especially interested in hearing from you! We are located in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, conveniently situated next door to Union Station in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to make a real impact. We are the third branch of the Government. Join our team and empower justice through procurement! The duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Performing mid to senior level contract specialist work assignments associated with pre-award, post award and contract closeout activities. Serving as a Contracting Officer. Performing the full range of contract specialist duties necessary to award, administer, and close out a variety of contract types, including, but not limited to, firm fixed price, cost, labor hour, and task order contract types. Performing all contracting functions for important and complex agency acquisitions involving diverse supplies and services, e.g., IT, telecommunications and other electronic systems and subsystems, building maintenance, architect/engineering, etc. including negotiating complex modification to contracts vehicles. Preparing pre-award and post-award documents, e.g., solicitations, market research reports, pre-negotiation and post- negotiation memoranda, responsibility determinations, waivers, justifications, and approvals for other than full and open competition, determinations and findings, protest responses, debriefings, cure notices, etc. Monitoring contractors' performance, evaluating, and negotiating change orders and contract modifications, and resolving post-award performance or payment problems. Utilizing in-depth price/cost analysis techniques for supporting the development of pre-negotiation and award price determination documents. Serving as an advisor to customers at the Administrative Office and the courts nationwide on contracting issues.



Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions. Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience applying contracting principles and procedures to the planning, award, and management of contracting actions for a wide range of services and supplies. Applicants with the following certifications are highly desirable: Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting FAC-C (Professional) Certificate Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) Digital IT Acquisition Professional Program (DITAP) certification In addition to the Basic Education Requirements for this position, your resume must also demonstrate experience in the private OR public sector performing the following: (1) Providing the full range of contract and contract administration services for support services, and information technology services and equipment; and (2) Applying innovative (e.g., TechFAR, PIL, etc.)and advanced contracting skills to information technology services and support service acquisitions. Certification:Applicants' Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Professional is desired, and applicants who completed all training and experience requirements to achieve FAC-C Level III prior to January 31, 2023, or Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification Level III will be most competitive for this position. Applicants not certified may still apply and be selected but must achieve certification within 24 months of appointment. To validate that you meet the preferred training, experience, and certification requirements for this position, please submit a copy of all FAC-C (Level I, Level II, Level III, and Professional) and/or DAWIA certifications.


In addition to meeting the specialized experience described above, applicants must meet the following educational requirements to be placed in this job series at this level.

Basic Requirement: 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.

NOTE: To validate that you meet the educational requirement for this job series, please submit a copy of your transcript. Your transcript must reflect that you are seeking and/or possess a 4-year degree along with the 24 successfully achieved credit hours in the fields mentioned above. Failure to submit your transcript will make you ineligible for this position.

Exceptions: Federal employees classified within the 1100 family as of January 1, 2000 are deemed to have met basic qualification requirements for all 1102 Contract Specialist positions.


  • Address Department of Administrative Services One Columbus Circle, NE Washington, DC 20544 US
  • Name: Rosemarie Thompson
  • Phone: 202-502-3800
  • Email: [email protected]


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