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With a job in contracts management at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), you will enjoy a collegial environment of continual learning, progressively challenging assignments and increasing responsibilities. Contract Specialists and managers with MDA have the important responsibility of managing hundreds of complex contractual agreements whose estimated value exceeds $8 billion. MDA contracts personnel manage an exceptionally wide range of capabilities, beginning with the typical role of planning, developing, implementing, maintaining and administering all aspects of acquisition programs for supplies, services, equipment and more. In a field as advanced and challenging as missile defense, this can include technical specifications, testing, product development, support, improvements and training. You will have full empowerment to achieve success. In fact, to facilitate successful resolutions, MDA Contract Specialists often exercise their authority to make on-the-spot, unilateral decisions in support of the acquisition process. Perhaps most important of all, you will demonstrate the creative capabilities that are necessary to overcome the issues and obstacles that are inherent in advancing state-of-the-art technologies and methods.

Contract Specialist

Department: Missile Defense Agency
Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Job Announcement Number: MDA-17-10017240-MP
SALARY RANGE: $103,842 to $158,793/Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 16, 2017 to Monday, June 26, 2017
SERIES & GRADE: NH-1102-/4
DUTY LOCATIONS: Redstone Arsenal, AL
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Federal Employees

This position will be filled as an NH-04, Medium, with a starting salary of $103,842 to $143,796 (includes 17.82% locality), unless statutory or regulatory rates prevail.

Mission Statement

The Missile Defense Agency develops and fields an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) capable of providing a layered defense for the homeland, deployed forces, friends, and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges in all phases of flight.

This position is located within the Missile Defense Agency, Contracting Matrix (DAC).

The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is in the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). For more information please see: ACQDEMO

KEY REQUIREMENTS: Must be a US citizen

Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered

May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

Must maintain/obtain Non-critical Sensitive/Secret clearance.


As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:

- Solicits, analyzes, evaluates and negotiates contractors' proposals for highly specialized research and development and/or weapons systems requirements for programs/activities of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
- Coordinates, analyzes, and negotiates acquisitions of cost reimbursement, fixed-price contracting, competitive and sole source contracting in such areas as prototype development of sophisticated research and testing equipment; weapon systems/major systems; software systems development; complex services, and development of new and unique materials.
- Conducts acquisition planning and, in coordination with the technical and/or program office, determines the contractual strategy to be used in the acquisition of a specific program element.
- Processes, analyzes, evaluates, performs cost analysis, provides input for the competitive range determinations or makes the competitive range determination if serving as a contracting officer, and develops a pre-negotiation position for proposals.
- Assists in devising negotiation approaches; develops new information to establish a pricing position when historical cost data is not available; negotiates individual contracts to obtain services at a fair and reasonable price within acceptable timeframes; and develops final contract accordingly.
- Serves as a contract specialist and member of a negotiating team responsible for planning, coordinating, and negotiating a variety of procurements pertaining to research, development, test and evaluation, complex services, and/or weapon/major systems requirements essential to MDA's mission.
- Serves as a procuring contracting officer with an unlimited warrant.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive).


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in REQUIRED

Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:

1. Log into your USAJOBS account
. Click Application Status within your profile to expand your application
3. Locate the job announcement and click the more information link under the Status column for this position. You
will be routed to Application Manager. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive
information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting
documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Résumé: If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for
the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.

Transcripts: REQUIRED--We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on 06/26/2017in order to be considered.
Additional documents you may be required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying for one of the categories such as a veteran, a current or former permanent Federal employee, ICTAP, etc.).

PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide or refer to the eligibility you select in the application process. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.
Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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