Monday, October 20, 2014

Duke University, Law: Environmental Law and Policy Faculty


Duke University’s Law School and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions seek to jointly appoint a faculty member in the field of environmental law and policy beginning in the Fall 2015. The person appointed to the position will be expected to engage in teaching, research, and outreach relating to pressing national and international environmental issues.  This position is open with regard to tenure status and rank.  The successful applicant may be hired as professor, professor of the practice, or clinical professor as appropriate.

The appointment offers a unique opportunity to develop curricular offerings in law and policy, and to contribute to interdisciplinary scholarship and engagement in the context of a university that has deep faculty, student and institutional engagement in environmental law and policy. The precise contours of the position, including resources and institutional support, will be tailored to the strengths and interests of the successful applicant.  In addition to a strong record of, or demonstrated potential for, teaching, intellectual engagement, and leadership in the field, the ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history of working with policymakers and stakeholders on pressing environmental policy issues.

Teaching obligations will include a combination of teaching standing courses, developing new courses based on the successful applicant’s interests and expertise, and expanding experiential education opportunities for Duke Law and policy students. The successful applicant will also make substantial contributions to one of more of the Nicholas Institute’s core program areas through applied research and stakeholder engagement. Demonstrated success with fundraising is preferred but not required.

This is an exciting time to work on environmental issues at Duke University.  In addition to its recognized expertise in environmental law, the University’s faculty and staff include leading experts in related fields of economics, science, public policy, engineering, and business. The candidate would be encouraged to engage actively with colleagues across the University to continue to grow and strengthen the Law School curriculum and the Nicholas Institute’s mission to apply the university’s resources and expertise to the world’s most critical environmental challenges.

Duke University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color and women are encouraged to apply. 
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Send a cover letter describing your interest in the position as well as a current curriculum vitae to:

Sarah Holsapple

210 Science Drive

Box 90362

Durham, NC 27708

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials via email.​ 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rabo AgriFinance- Associate General Counsel Position

 General Description: 

Rabo AgriFinance is backed by Rabobank, a Dutch-headquartered global financial services leader that
ranks as one of the world’s largest global banks and the highest rated privately owned bank in the world,
with over $800 billion in assets and operations in 40 countries. Founded by Dutch farmers over a century
ago, Rabobank remains true to our core mission: to create value for our customers, our employees, and
the local communities where we do business.
Rabo AgriFinance's focus in the United States compliments Rabobank's commitment to financing
agriculture; from the farmers and ranchers who grow crops and livestock, to the processors and
manufacturers who turn raw commodities into value-added products, to the distributors and retailers who
deliver food and material to the end consumer.
We're equally dedicated to our employees and continue to invest in them by developing legitimate plans
for on-going growth, creating a culture of accountability, providing outstanding benefits, and offering clear
and achievable career paths.

Associate General Counsel:
 Consistent with the Rabobank International Global Legal Framework, and the Global Framework, Roles
and Responsibilities, Rabobank Legal, this position is responsible to the General Counsel for provision of
legal services to the company including the supervision of various legal issues resulting from the
conducting of business with Lender clients and borrower customers, including the general corporate legal
support and documentation of credit transactions, securitization of collateral, etc.. This position provides
strategic and proactive leadership on legal and regulatory issues affecting the business and will
participate in the definition of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provides continuing
counsel and guidance on legal matter and legal implications of all matters. Provides legal support to all
departments including Information Technology, Human Resources, Special Asset Management
Department and the company’s Crop Insurance departments and providing legal support relating to the
extension of short and long term agricultural credit and agricultural real estate credit to customers. As a
member of the Legal Department, and reporting directly to the General Counsel, participates in advising
senior management and the Board of Directors on all legal matters and participates in the Corporate
Secretary function and ensuring legal risk is managed in accordance with the company’s risk appetite and
regulatory framework.

Participates in supporting and interacting with the BSA/AML and Compliance Function of Rabo
Agrifinance, Inc. (“RAF”) to:

•  Implement all applicable U.S. and Dutch banking, insurance, Farm Credit or other applicable laws
and regulations.
•  Provide support, advice and appropriate training to staff concerning regulatory requirements.
•  Monitor compliance with applicable U.S. and Dutch laws and regulations and keep track of any
changes.
•  Manage all regulatory examination of the operations of the company and behalf of its clients by the
FRB, OCC, FDIC, Dutch National Bank and other applicable entities.
•  Monitor and implement compliance with contractual obligations of RAF to its Lender clients and
affiliates.
•  As a member of the Senior Management Team, assists in setting and monitoring the future direction
of the company.
•  Provide guidance related to Company’s operations and lines of business including corporate
governance and oversight of the operations and business of RAF, including without limitation,
extension of credit, issues related to securitization of collateral, loan documentation, litigation, UCC,
HR, licensing, etc. Consistent with the Rabobank International Global External Counsel Policy,
oversee the activities of outside counsel involving matters of litigation, negotiation and other
functions. Provide counsel and direction to management on the legal aspects of the business of the
company. Participate in the resolution of disputes; negotiate and draft corporate agreement, leases,
settlement agreements; review procedures to ensure adequacy. Analyze and recommend any
needed changes or resources required for all departments, and analyze and recommend any needed
changes or resources required for the Legal Department to effectively manage the legal needs of
RAF; assist in providing training and informational support on legal issues that directly affect
personnel involved in all aspects of the company including operations more than half the U.S. States,
credit approvals, collection decisions and company BSA/AML and regulatory compliance
requirements including global compliance statutes; prepare and maintain litigation summaries and
assist in preparing communications related to legal issues for company’s lenders, Board of Directors
and stockholders; participate in management decisions concerning various administrative aspects of
the company.
•  Provide legal support to the various departments of RAF. Participate in various activities and projects
as necessary to enable the company to achieve its goals. Provide counsel on corporate matters as
directed by General Counsel.
•  Perform all other duties assigned by General Counsel.
•  Must be familiar with and comply with laws, regulations and internal policies and procedures that are
applicable to required job duties.
•  Responsible for assisting in arranging for, and managing corporate records and keeping minutes at
Board of Directors meetings for RAF and its subsidiaries, and maintaining corporate governance
records and legal corporate governance in general including reporting to Rabobank International.
•  Understands and complies with all RAF and Rabobank anti-money laundering, compliance, and other
applicable laws

Skills/Experience/Education Required:

•  Education: Law Degree
•  Qualifications: Hold license to practice law in the state where located (Missouri) if licensed in
another state ready and able to become licensed in Missouri.
•  10 -20 years practicing law.
•  Experience in representation associated with banking and/or regulated commercial lender; provided
counsel with regard to and/or managed litigation, settlements and/or workouts on behalf of banks or
regulated commercial lender(s) such as suppliers, financial institutions or similar entities that involved
aspects of documentation and general law; experience in Uniform Commercial Code work;
•  General agricultural awareness on a national or at least regional basis is desired but not required.
And interest in learning about agriculture and agricultural lending is required.
•  Knowledge and experience in BSA/AML and regulatory compliance matters. Knowledge of European
Banking compliance issues also desired, but not required.

Benefits:

 We recognize people as our most valuable asset. Our competitive salary and benefits package includes
matching 401k, a recruitment bonus program, dental insurance, medical insurance, disability benefits, life
insurance, vision-care plan, paid sick time, tuition reimbursement, and paid vacations.
*Rabo AgriFinance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment contingent upon successful
completion of background investigation. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract
and search initiated by Rabo AgriFinance. No phone calls please. If you are interested in this position

please send your resume to HR@raboag.com .

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Agricultural Marketing Service: Contract Specialist- Washington, D.C.


Agricultural Marketing Service 

Job Title:Contract Specialist
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Agricultural Marketing Service
Job Announcement Number:24OA-AMS-MA-2014-0134

SALARY RANGE:

$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 6, 2014 to Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Current and former Federal employees, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may also apply to Merit Promotion announcement 6OA-AMS-MA-2014-0101 at the GS-07/09 and/or 11 grade level(s).

The AMS Commodity Procurement Staff is responsible for coordinating Agency-wide procurement activities of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, dry beans, nuts, meat, meat products, fish, fish products, and poultry and poultry products for distribution and use in child nutrition and other domestic nutrition programs, including those for the elderly and needy families.The Branch conducts contracting and program analysis work for use in the formulation and execution of programs assigned to the Division. all of which is related to the procurement of agricultural products and the overall AMS mission to facilitate markets.  The Division also coordinates all Agency activities related to the Web-Based Supply Chain Management system (WBSCM), which is the mission-critical system that USDA relies on to manage its commodity procurement operations, including purchase, storage, and delivery to customers.

The incumbent serves as a contract specialist responsible for all pre-award and post-award functions including initiation, solicitation, recommendation of award, contract administration, payment, and contract closeout for the procurement of commodities used in USDA food nutrition assistance programs.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Ocassional Travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.

DUTIES:

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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Assists in the planning and development of purchase programs and procedures for carrying out the purchasing of commodity products. 
  • Reviews and analyzes relevant production and price data, and makes recommendations concerning the need for surplus removal purchase programs.
  • Responsible for preparing accurate announcements, invitations to bid, requests for information, requests for proposals, and related contractual documents in the administration of contracts. 
  • Performs detailed analysis of bids received using processes and procedures designed to ensure the most advantageous awards for USDA nutrition assistance programs.  
  • Reviews, analyzes, and makes recommendations concerning various factors affecting ongoing purchase operations, including changes in supply and demand conditions for commodities purchased. 
  • Ensures that the provisions of Sections 8 and 15 of the Small Business Act, as amended by PL 95-507 and the provisions of Executive Order 12138 are implemented in the procurement activities of the Branch. 
  • Conducts contract administration duties, including the analysis and resolution of contractor-requested waivers of requirements, recipient-requested destination changes, shipment issues, delivery issues, and other administrative duties.
  • Performs administrative tasks such as securing missing facts, forms, receipts, or signatures and perform administrative tasks such as filing.  Must be accurate in making and verifying arithmetical computations and adjustments, and in transcribing facts and figures on a variety of supporting documents and forms.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field ORat 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.
FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
  • Reviews requisitions and determines appropriate method of procurement citing the authority.
  • Develops procurement plans by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages.
  • Prepares and issues solicitation documents. Selects appropriate clauses, ensures clear and complete specifications including packing and delivery requirements or other stipulations, and serves as a central point of contact on assigned procurements to respond to inquiries.
  • Experience performing detailed analysis of bids and proposals received
OR Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.)
FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
  • Experience with Federal Acquisition Regulations relative to formally advertised competitive bids
  • Experience with a multiple Federal food nutrition assistance program to coordinate activity with other Agencies involved in the program.
  • Experience with small business contracted bid and award documents.
  • Commercial and industrial business practices.
  • Experience working with supply and market conditions to evaluate bid analysis results and prepare purchase recommendations.
OR Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.)
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified
  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9/11 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

Special Conditions:
  • As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
  • This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation and reinvestigation as a condition of employment.
  • Position may be eligible for telework.
  • Employee's work is generally sedentary. However, some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items may be necessary. Travel may occur to gain knowledge and understanding, or to coordinate and complete assigned projects.
  • Employee's work is normally performed in an office setting. However, visits to contractor's plants or facilities may be required to observe contract production. Additionally, travel to industry, recipient, or other conferences may be necessary in order to gain an understanding of overall program mission and goals. Office work requires extensive use of computer in analyzing bids, preparing award documents, troubleshooting, and miscellaneous reports.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
  • Professional Development
  • Contracting Standards, Laws and Regulations
  • Acquisition Planning and Procurement Management
  • Pre-Award Contract Work
  • Price/Cost Analysis
  • Post-Award Contract Work
  • Contracting / Procurement Advice and Guidance, Including Policy
  • Communication
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.

Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.

To view the application form, visit: https://ams.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=e5b197d5-8f47-4d2a-a420-a3b6011b303e

BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.
  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 612-336-3345
Fax: 612-336-3560
Email: Mary.M.Buresh@aphis.usda.gov
Agency Information:
USDA APHIS MRPBS
100 N. 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, Suite 510C
Minneapolis, MN,
55403
United States
Fax: 612-336-3560

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

FDA: Contract Specialist- Rockville, MD


Job Title:CONTRACT SPECIALIST
Department:Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-DH-14-1156372KT

SALARY RANGE:

$52,146.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the agency Americans trust with their lives.  As a global leader in public health, DHHS is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.  Whether we are protecting the America. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens.  All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply.Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority.This position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Finance, Budget, and Acquisitions, Office of Acquisitions  & Grants Services, Rockville, Maryland.  
Additional selections may be made from this announcement.This vacancy has been extended until December 31,2014.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • Background investigation is required.
  • You may be required to serve a one (1) year probationary period.
  • Be sure to read the "How To Apply" Section for all required documents

DUTIES:

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At the full performance level, the incumbent of this position will be:
  • Conducts negotiations, evaluating requirements and developing contract terms and conditions.
  • Responsible for all pre award and post ward functions on contracts nearly all of which are complex.  Acquisitions include cost, reimbursements, cost sharing and fixed price type contracts.
  • Responsible for unique requirement which by their nature are indefinite except for general objectives and offer no clear basis or precedent for resolutions of varied problems encountered.
  • Acquisitions include competitive, sole source and unsolicited actions. 
  • Provides guidance within area of expertise.
  • Implements acquisition policies and procedures issued by various Federal organizations, as well as by the Department, Public Health Service and Agency.
  • Serves as a resource for other specialist, especially on aspects relating to policies and procedures within area expertise. 
  • May represent supervisor in meetings, in absence of supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify for the GS 9/11/12 based on experience, applicants must meet both the Basic Requirement and Specialized Experience as stated below:
 Basic Requirement for the GS 9/11/12
 A.  4 year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field. OR

B.  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.  OR

C.  Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS 1102 positions at the grades GS 9 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at the GS 12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through the GS 12.However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

MINIMUM QUALIFCATIONS
 GS 9:
A. 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. OR
                             
B.  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 7 level of experience in the Federal Service which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skill and ability to perform successfully in this position.  Specialized experience includes performing administrative functions as it relates to contracting and acquisitions. Experience identifying and establishing milestones for acquisitions, monitor program compliance, reviews draft memorandum of need, identifies areas of in scope of work requiring revision.  Experience preparing announcements, determining contents and preparing solicitation documents such as Invitation for Bids, Request for Proposals or Request for Quotations.  Experience assisting with debriefs of unsuccessful offerors as well as responding or preparing oral and written inquiries from program personnel, contractors, prospective offerors, and others regarding all aspects of the contract
GS 11:
A. 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. OR

B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level of responsibility in Federal service that has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform in this position. Specialized experience includes performing administrative functions as it relates to contracting and acquisitions. Experience establishing procurement plans, identifying and establishing milestones for acquisitions, and monitoring program compliance.  Experience preparing announcements, determining contents and preparing solicitation documents. Experience receiving and evaluating proposals in conjunction with price/cost analysts or other technical personnel and performing desk analysis of proposed costs. Experience responding to inquiries including formal protests. Experience ensuring contractor compliance with provisions and performance, timely submission of technical progress reports making period visits, detecting and correcting labor standards violations. 

GS 12:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level of responsibility in Federal service that has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform in this position.Specialized experience includes providing leadership and direction to a staff in the area of contracting and acquisitions.
Specialized experience includes performing administrative functions as it relates to contracting and acquisitions. Experience establishing procurement plans, identifying and establishing milestones for acquisitions, and monitoring program compliance. Experience preparing synopsis, determining contents and preparing solicitation documents. Experience preparing competitive range determinations; establish negotiation position for technical aspects and all cost issues. Experience ensuring contractor compliance with provisions and performance, timely submission of technical progress reports making period visits, detecting and correcting labor standards violations. 
 
GS 13:
Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least One (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the work at the next lower grade level of GS 12 which includes providing leadership and direction to a staff in the area of contracting and acquisitions. Experience analyzing and evaluating contract matters, initiating, developing and recommending contracting policies, procedures, guidance and control of contracting activities and experience providing various support services including workforce planning and training, as well as acquisition-related IT systems. AND 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.
GS 13 Exception: 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 as a waiver.   
Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.
Conditions of Employment:
 1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
 2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
 3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
 4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
 5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
 6. One-year probationary period may be required.
 7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid:  NO
 8. Bargaining Unit Position:  YES
 9. Drug Screening Required:  NO
 10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized:  NO

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit http://www.opm.gov/employ/direct_hire/index.asp.
 Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. Knowledge of acquisition principles, policies, regulations and procedures.

2. Knowledge of various types of contracts.

3. Ability to communicate orally.

4. Ability to communicate in writing.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment?
This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

HOW TO APPLY:

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 To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1156372.  Fax your documents to1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Center HelpDesk (888) 478-4340, TTY/TDD (800) 877-8339; or email quickquestions@psc.gov or Atlanta Customer HelpDesk (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD (866) 539-4484; or email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents:
  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
         - College Transcripts, if applicable 
Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS OHR Enterprise
200 Independence Ave
Suite 801
Washington, DC
20201 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).