Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Lead Contract Specialist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $102,663 to $133,465 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This is an open continuous vacancy announcement. Applicants may submit or update their application before the closing date. Applicants will be referred after the first cutoff date, and subsequent referrals will be made at the manager’s request. The announcement may close earlier or at the request of the selecting official or after the job is filled.

The first cutoff for receipt of applications under this announcement will be 11:59 p.m. EST on August 25, 2020.

The incumbent serves as a contract specialist for the Library of Congress programs. This position will be utilized throughout the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. The incumbent awards and administers a wide range of contract actions for the various library service units. The incumbent serves as a Contracting Officer and Team Leader.

The Library applies sound and innovative business strategies and techniques to provide timely, effective, and seamless acquisitions and grant support to our clients to enable fulfillment of the Library’s mission. The incumbent serves as a lead contract specialist for the Library of Congress.

As a contract specialist at the Library, you will have the opportunity to work with leaders in their fields to understand and help them fulfill of their needs through contractual relationships. You will research and provide guidance on complex issues such as contract structure, negotiation strategies, and performance management in support of your clients’ missions. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gain to negotiate meaningful and effective contracts for a broad spectrum of your clients’ needs, applying your knowledge of law and business practices to a broad range of actions and establish and maintain client confidence and trust. You will support, coach, and lead your team members in the consistent and effective application of integrity, honesty, and tact in all of the dealings within your portfolio. You will execute all aspects of contracting transactions: from working with clients to develop and refine their needs through evaluation, negotiation, and selection of contractors for a dynamic range of supplies and specialized services. You will apply techniques to research market conditions and sources, develop effective strategies to achieve results, and negotiate to obtain the best value solutions for your clients’ diverse needs. You will apply your skills to effectively manage performance on technically complex contract engagements, including obtaining and monitoring funding levels and expenditures, analyzing contract costs, evaluating firms’ fiscal soundness, production capacity, and methods for quality assurance.

The Contract Specialist conducts advance acquisition planning and prepares novel or innovative acquisition plans, source selection plans, and contract terms, conditions, or financial arrangements which serve as models for future acquisitions. Advise clients and prepare procurement objectives for clear requirements to support optimal competition.

Serves as lead negotiator for Library programs involving multiple interrelated requirements and contracts; work with junior-level specialists to plan, negotiate, execute, and monitor contracts. Explains Library of Congress contract provisions for team members, clients, and industry personnel. Ensures agreements comply with contract terms and provisions.

Performs all aspects of contracting transactions for procurements with numerous different processes or elements resulting in extensive contract administration and subcontracting. Responsible for important and complex agency acquisitions involving diverse supplies and services, e.g., telecommunications and other electronic systems and subsystems, building maintenance, architect/engineering, etc. Coordinates contractual actions involving many sophisticated, multi-million dollar contracts with periods of performance.

Analyzes proposals extending for more than one year and requiring projecting expected changes in labor and material costs and technology that do not permit price comparisons because of restricted competition. Responsible for conducting extensive and complex cost and financial analyses. Uses cost estimating methods, such as learning curve, regression analysis, sophisticated contractual arrangements, extensive fact finding, etc. Prepares final price for negotiation position and participates as a member on the negotiating team.

Performs contract termination actions for significant project contracts after several years of work have been expended. Terminates highly specialized and complex procurements that are significant to the Library. Evaluates settlement proposals/claims involving disposition of large amounts of Government inventory and/or property.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Librarian.

The position description number for this position is 347532.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Position: Librarian
Location: Department of State, Washington, DC
Salary: $59,534 to $93,638 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Information Resources Branch, Ralph J. Bunche Library Division for Department of State. The incumbent serves on the Library’s Acquisition team in receiving the guidance and instruction necessary to purchase subscriptions and electronic resources necessary for the Department of State Overseas Bureau’s and participates with higher level employees to administer the Library’s Working Capital Fund account.

Increasingly performs a variety of library acquisition services for Departmental Bureaus and overseas posts that involve indentifying and procuring their information resources, subscriptions and electronic resources.
Develop ability to analyze, evaluate and recommend most effective procurement methods for acquiring information resources, subscriptions and electronic resources.
Work closely with vendors to identify product pricing and availability, maintain acquisition records, invoice payments and review and maintain license agreements.
Increasingly perform liaison activities between the Library and numerous internal and external customers involved with acquisition activities.
Analyze and maintain selected areas of Library financial expenditures with particular reference to the Working Capital Fund procedures and processes.