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Contract Specialist (Recent Graduate)

Successful applicants will receive training and professional development, complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP), and are assigned a mentor. This position will be posted at the GS-07 and GS-09 grade levels, with a full performance level of GS-12. The employee may be non-competitively promoted when qualified and recommended by management; however, promotions are not guaranteed.
Pay will be based on location applicant is hired for, and will be determined at that time.


This is a developmental position with promotion potential to a Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12. At the lower levels, the selectee will perform developmental assignments under closer supervision than that required at the full performance level of GS-12. Assignments become progressively more difficult until the next performance level is reached. At the full performance level of this position (GS-12), some of the duties include:
  • Perform pre-award procurement functions of varying complexity for contracts of good, systems, and services; advises senior management on long term procurement strategies to ensure acquisition projects are consistent with mission requirements
  • Advise technical personnel on statements of work, resolves contract audit recommendations, and serves on Source Evaluation Boards to provide input on a variety of contract related services.
  • Evaluate contract solicitations, negotiate contract terms and conditions, and prepare memoranda for price and award documentation associated with contracts.
  • Determine milestones and administer contracts for procurement of goods, systems, and services; ensures contractor performance is in compliance of terms and conditions and regulatory guidelines.
  • Prepare briefings and reports on status of ongoing contracts, identifies issues that require attention, and recommend appropriate actions to resolve acquisition related problems.
The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from a qualifying educational institutions or programs. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to a term or permanent position, conversion is not mandatory.