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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Contract Specialist (Training Officer) in Leavenworth, Kansas

Summary Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Position Description Title/PD#: Contract Specialist (Training Officer) / PD# 15056-0 Compressed/Flexible Schedules: May be authorized Telework: Eligible Virtual Position: No This recruitment is for one position with VHA Regional Procurement Office Central, Network Contracting Office (NCO) 15, located in Leavenworth, Kansas. This is not a virtual position and will require the employee to report to the office. Responsibilities Contract Specialist (Training Officer) / PD# 15056-0 Performs long-range planning and development of annual training programs. Reviews and evaluates all training development and evaluations for the NCO. Makes overall assignments of training duties and responsibilities ensuring that the NCO employees have clearly defined training objectives. Plans, integrates, and schedules workload, sets priorities, and furnishes advice and assistance as required to resolve problems and ensure efficiency of training operations. Defines training procedures and makes recommendations to ensure training support is effective and efficient. Keeps management apprised of status and quality of training programs and researches and recommends more effective and efficient training processes. As a technical authority, formulates, coordinates and secures approval for complex training products. Evaluates impact of training programs on NCO resources and independently researches and develops programs. Develops and provides COR training, ratification training, statement of work/specification writing training, Government contract estimate development training, on the job procurement training, and acquisition process training. The target audience will include both acquisition and non-acquisition personnel. Serves as the principal advisor to the DoC on all matters affecting contracting training, systems, and procedures. Explores the use of online technology to enhance internal collaboration and knowledge sharing as well as investigates software tools for efficient training processes. Develops and presents contract training concepts and strategies to the DoC and promotes the total contracting vision by soliciting commitments from functional areas within VA and other government agencies and private entities. Participate on national work groups to develop standardized training plans and training presentations for customer and continuing education purposes. Exercises responsibilities involving work assignment to insure a standard approach is used for training and to identify additional training opportunities. Coordinates training activities throughout the NCO to streamline processes and to consolidate training resources and classes, thereby using all training resources in the most efficient manner. Establishes guidelines and training expectations for all acquisition staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Provides formal feedback and periodically evaluates employee training to the appropriate supervisors. When required or when requested by a supervisor, assists with the development of an individual training improvement plans for acquisition staff and provides advice and counsel to supervisors related to staff training matters. Implements acquisition training data base for all acquisition personnel and CORs. Elements to be tracked will include FAC-C training, Continuous Learning Points, Warrant levels, and required COR training. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a US citizen to apply for this job. Subject to a background/suitability investigation. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Position requires filing a Financial Disclosure report Selected applicants will be required to complete an online, onboarding process. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting, however where travel to work sites is required there may be light physical work required, such as walking over uneven surfaces, or assisting technical personnel in taking measurements or elevations. Government travel for training, meetings, or customer interactions will be required in this position. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks as a GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Basic Requirements for GS-12 A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field - OR - 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. Exceptions: 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 grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position. Note: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript. Specialized Experience for GS-12 Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience include experience with: Evaluating current and emerging instructional technologies or methods for their applicability to a workforce. Long range planning and development of training programs that include identifying educational needs of others, creating or coordinating classes to address those needs, and evaluating the effectiveness of the program. Knowledge and application of acquisition regulations to include experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (or similar) and/or Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations (or similar). Pre-award and post-award acquisition functions including contract formulation and contract administration. Working knowledge of a wide range of contract types to including firm-fixed price, firm-fixed price with economic price adjustment, time and materials, labor-hour, and indefinite-delivery. Gathering, compiling and manipulating data to develop meaningful reports for presentation to management. Ability to periodically evaluate employee training and provide formal feedback to the appropriate supervisor(s). There is no education substitute for the GS-12 grade. Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website. Preferred Requirements: FAC link: www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c Education APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. Additional Information The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.