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Contracting Specialists – Experienced (N1203933)

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NSA National Security AgencyFort George G. Meade Complex, MD
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 13/1 to 14/10
Open: 2023-02-23, Close: 2023-05-15

As a Contracting Specialist at NSA, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

– Designing acquisition strategies to meet the government’s needs through the most appropriate contracting method
– Conducting market research
– Preparing and issuing Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Quote (RFQ)
– Evaluating proposals from potential contractors/vendors
– Negotiating contract terms with selected contractors/vendors
– Evaluating procurements to ensure compliance with funding, legal, and program requirements
– Preparing and awarding contracts with supporting documentation in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and NSA policy
– Administering contracts to include issuing modifications, monitoring performance, and ensuring payment is issued
– Solving complex and unique challenges that arise throughout the life of a contract
– Implementing best practices and processes
– Communicating program successes and issues with various levels and organizations throughout the Agency, as well as with external customers and contractors
– If not already completed, training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act within 24 months of employment

Job Summary
As a Contracting Specialist with NSA, you will be empowered to develop, negotiate and manage contracts of varying types and dollar values (simplified purchases to multimillion dollar awards). You will have the opportunity to see your contributions to the mission first hand, while overseeing your requirements from cradle-to-grave.

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.

Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, accounting, and logistics).

Federal contracting experience and DAWIA contracting II certification is preferred.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (both oral and written), problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills, along with experience using the Microsoft office suite.

Selected individuals must be willing to work in a high-paced, rapidly changing environment.

Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required:
– Applying Federal and DoD Acquisition concepts, regulations, and statutes (e.g., FAR, DFAR, MPOAS, NSA acquisition directives, policies, and procedures)
– Negotiating and awarding contracts
– Understanding cost analysis

We are looking for someone who:
– Loves to learn
– Is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
– Can juggle multiple priorities and deadlines
– Enjoys problem-solving and strategic-thinking
– Communicates clearly and builds positive working relationships
– Doesn’t mind taking time to get the details right
– Enjoys teamwork and collaboration
– Curious to learn about unfamiliar topics
– Excels at Microsoft Excel

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary offers are based on candidates’ education and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Salary Range: $112,015 – $172,075 (Senior Level)

On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, with basic 8 hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible)

How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

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This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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