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George C. Marshall Space Flight Center Supervisory Contract Specialist in United States


The NASA Office of Procurement seeks Supervisory Contract Specialists at the Marshall Space Flight and the Ames Research Centers (MSFC and ARC). The MSFC specialist will serve as a Division Director and the ARC specialist will serve as Deputy Procurement Officer. The supervisors provides personnel and contractual support to teams responsible for a diverse group of contract orders and inter-agency agreements for commercial and non-commercial goods and services.


Serves as a supervisor managing teams responsible for solicitation, procurement, administration and close-out of a diverse group of major service, Research and Development (R and D), and spaceflight hardware contracts.

Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit, identifies strategic objectives for the Branch, and defines technical work requirements and milestones.Manage, direct, and coordinate projects.

Participates as a key member of the organization and Agency procurement management team including organization strategy and assessment and succession planning.

Provides authoritative and expert advice to Center/Agency stakeholders regarding business and industry practices, requirements characteristics for complex R and D contracts and unprecedented contracting issues involving national interests.

Presents programs of significant interest to high ranking representatives and professionally defend the Center and Program Manager(s) in controversial contractual actions.


Conditions of Employment


Specialized Experience: In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. To qualify for GS-15, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level that includes serving as an expert in a functional area of procurement, pre-award issues or price/cost analysis and post award issues; providing expert technical advice and guidance, staff coordination, and consultation on procurement matters involving flight, spaceflight, and research and development; and utilizing business acumen in advising senior leadership and contracting officers on matters pertaining to unprecedented contracting issues, contracting procedures and policy interpretations in day-to-day contact and through formal discussions and documentation; AND Required Selective Factor: You must also meet one of the following requirements to be considered for this position:

A. Certification: Possess a valid level III Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) or level III Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification;


B. Training: Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for level III Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) and at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


Basic Education Requirement:

You must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, that includes or is 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;


You meet the following exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the basic education requirements for positions they occupied on January 1, 2000; only including positions at the same grade. U.S. degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to 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. These education credentials must be 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: All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Additional Information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement. If you are a current federal employee, you must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible for this position. To be eligible, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in a position no more than 1 grade lower than the advertised position. (Please submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. If your eligibility for both merit promotion and/or time-in-grade cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible. Please see Required Documents for additional information). Note: Time-in-grade requirements also apply to applicants who have held a non-temporary, competitive service GS position in the past year. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:

  • Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.

-Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. Candidates rated in the 'Best Qualified' category are considered well-qualified. Please see 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for more information.

-Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents' For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility ( under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures. Duty location will be determined upon selection and will be at one of the following NASA locations: Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, Alabama) and Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, California). Selectee will have a designated "Home Center", but may be assigned to support programs or projects at any NASA Center using virtual tools and capabilities.