Public Buildings Service Supervisory Contract Specialist in Fort Worth, Texas

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GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government".

Serves as a Branch chief in the Acquisition Management Division, Public Buildings Service, Greater Southwest Region. This position is located in the Public Building Services, Acquisition Management Division, 819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth Texas

At this time, we are filling one vacancy, however, additional vacancies may be filled as necessary.

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  • Responsible for maintaining an awareness of projected service needs of a significant nature and for nurturing formal information channels to permit the assessment and clarification of specific contractual needs among the branch and division to support the contract service requirements of the region as a whole.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates and evaluates the full range of work activities within the branch, which perform complex technical and analytical procurement work in support of the region and client agency activities, utilizing a staff of Contract Specialist, Purchasing Agency’s and technical/clerical support personnel.
  • Sets objectives for branch activities. Counsels and advises subordinate supervisors on strategies and action plans to address problems and ensure continued activity toward projects completion.
  • Provides expert guidance regarding: the interpretation and application of agency and/or Government acquisition regulations regarding the full range of contracting functions; the application and interpretation of agency policies, guides and legal precedents pertinent to achieving Branch program requirements, in conjunction with recommendations from subordinate supervisors regarding modification of these guidelines and initiates steps needed to effect changes required by to review process; and the strategic approach and methodology required to procure items requested in the most timely, efficient and economical manner to satisfy customer requirements.
  • Provides expert technical advice and assistance to other organizational components of the Acquisition Management Division and PBS, other services of GSA and other Federal agencies in connection with contracting functions and responsibilities to ensure thorough understanding of GSA's authorities and capabilities in the procurement area. Represents the Director, Acquisition Management Division, at conferences and on contacts with officials of other Government agencies, GSA officials in the region and in the Central Office, and representatives of local public and private groups and concerns on matters pertaining to the regional contracting program assigned to the Division.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

14 - Position is at the full performance level.

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1102 Contracting

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of closing date.
  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive,* if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee*.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
  • Undergo a background investigation and favorable adjudication. This position has been designated as a Public Trust Position.
  • Serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if required.

The GS-14 salary range starts at $93,325.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications.

You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below and the specialized experience requirement:

  1. All of the following: (a) *Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course Requirements; *or FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification. (b) At least 4years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the level described below; and (c) Completion of 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.
  2. *Exception: *If you were in a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000, you will be exempt from meeting the educational requirements for the grade level of that position. However, to be promoted you will have to meet Option 1 or 3.
  3. *Waiver: *GSA's senior procurement executive has the discretion to waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above.


One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level of Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in evaluating or implementing contracting programs; OR leading or supervising contracting professionals providing contracting services for the acquisition of a wide range of supplies; services (professional and non-professionals), and/or construction; ORcontracting experience that demonstrated the ability to perform the full range of highly complex pre-award and post award activities utilizing a variety of types of contracts and evidence of professional potential, business acumen, drive for results, relationship building and self-motivation in order to procure supplies, services or construction associated with an organization.


Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: Ineligible

Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

  • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
  • Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
  • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

Management Rights Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self-assessment vacancy questions will be used to assign a numerical score. If your responses to the vacancy questions are not supported by your resume then your score may be adjusted lower by the Human Resources Specialist. Scores are not augmented by Veteran's preference points for this type of announcement (Merit Promotion).

You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/ knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience planning work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work; assigns work based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments and the capabilities of employees.
  • Experience planning, coordinating, directing and monitoring a procurement program encompassing pre-award, administration and termination phases to meet the service, supply and equipment needs of PBS and client activities.
  • The incumbent has contacts with higher ranking managers of GSA and client agencies and key officials of agencies and vendors. The purpose of contacts is to justify, defend and negotiate the government's position in representing projects to be accomplished. Contacts involve active participation in conferences, meetings and hearings involving problems or issues of considerable consequence and importance.
  • As Manager, Program Support Branch, Acquisition Management Division, incumbent directs and coordinates the activities of several groups of contract specialists through subordinate supervisors. Personnel supervised range in grade from GS-7 through GS-13.
  • The incumbent is accountable to the Director, Acquisition Management Division. That position is one level below the Regional Commissioner PBS, which is an SES position.

A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

If you are a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score or 85) to receive priority. CTAP

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required


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Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

  • If you are ICTAP/CTAP* eligible* - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
  • Copy of your agency’s annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).
  • College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

*Contracting Documentation: Submit A or B:*

*A. Mandatory contracting training - submit a or b: *

  1. all required course certificates
  2. list of completed courses including: official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completes

B. Proof of contracting certification - submit both a and b; or c:

  1. FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification (copy of certificate)
  2. Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) history identifying the completion of 80 CLPs every two years. The 80 CLPs every two years must be from the issuance date of certification to current period.
  3. If you are a FAITAS member, you may submit your Continuous Learning Achievement Certificate from FAITAS. On your "My Continuous Learning" page, click on the "approved" link under Achievement Status to print a copy of your most recent certificate.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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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.

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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.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

You must submit a complete application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. For information on applying for a GSA vacancy, please visit Applying for a GSA Job We will only consider applications submitted through the online process listed below unless an exception has been approved by a representative of the HR Office listed on this announcement. A description of the online process is provided below:

  1. Select the "Apply Online" button. Log on to OPM's USAJOBS to access your existing resume or to create a new one. From your account, select which resume you wish to submit. You also have the option of attaching any required documents saved in your USAJOBS account. Click "Apply for this Position Now!" You will be redirected to GSA's automated system, GSAjobs. First time users will be asked to respond to "Account Creation" questions. If you are a return GSAjobs user, click the links on the left to review and update any necessary profile information before continuing on with the application process. You will be prompted to respond to "Eligibility Questions" which will be used to determine your eligibility to apply for various types of vacancies. If you are a return user, these fields will pre-populate with your previous responses. Please review and make any necessary changes before proceeding. Next, you will be asked to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or other competencies required to successfully perform this position. Submit any required documents (see below). A "Vacancy Documents" page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system. Most documents become part of your permanent electronic file and you need to submit them only once unless you wish to update. You can view the Description column next to each form to determine if a previously submitted document is on file. For each document you must submit, select one of the following options in the "Action" column: Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered.

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Agency contact information
Valerie Brown






GSA, Public Buildings Service Human Resources Division (Center C) 50 UN Plaza San Francisco, California 94102 United States

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Next steps

If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/11/2018 to 10/22/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Salary: $110,283 to $143,367 per year

Appointment type: Permanent - Permanent

Work schedule: Full-time