Federal Acquisition Service Contract Specialist in Kansas City, Missouri

  • Duties



As a Contract Specialist trainee, you will assist higher graded specialists with satisfying customer needs through the professional placement of Government contracts within the Federal Acquisition Service. Assignments will consist of learning the scope and foundation of GSA/FAS contracting responsibilities and assisting higher graded contract specialists with day-to-day operations.

Location of Position:

Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Kansas City, Missouri

GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the 'Best Places to Work' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE about why you should choose GSA. We are looking for students and recent grads to hire into our entry level program. This is a one-year program that facilitates the college-to-career transition by providing opportunities in a variety of career tracks. As a participant, you will: Participate in work experiences, training, networking, and developmental opportunities designed to build technical and leadership skills; and develop a broad knowledge of the agency and its core functions. You will have access to many benefits including:

  • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options
  • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Training and development We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed. Learn more about this agency

You will serve as a trainee learning the scope and foundation of GSA contracting responsibilities and assisting fully trained Contract Specialist with day-to-day operations. Examples of developmental duties include:

  • Assisting with the entire contracting life cycle; including but not limited to pre-award, post-award, request for proposals, and cost/price analysis.
  • Negotiating on behalf of GSA and the Federal government.
  • Interpreting contract provisions, regulations, guidelines, and modifications.
  • Assisting team members and supervisors with management reports related to contracting and acquisition activity.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…
  • Recent Graduates:If you completed a qualifying degree within the previous two years, you may apply. If you are a veteran who was prevented from applying during the 2-year period due to your military service, you may apply if your degree was completed within the last 6 years.
  • Enrolled students:If you will complete your degree requirements within 30 days of the closing date, you may apply.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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1102 Contracting

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Signed participant agreement is required for employment under this Program

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Serve a one year trial period, if required.
  • Register with the Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • C*urrent or Former Political Appointees:* The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time). If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

The GS-7 salary range starts at $41,626 per year. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must meet BOTH the basic and additional qualifications listed below.


A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; OR

B. At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, organization and management.

EXCEPTION: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupied GS 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.


ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AT THE GS-7 LEVEL*:* In addition to meeting the basic requirements to qualify at the GS-07 level you must possess one of the following:

A. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience performing routine or developmental contracting assignments such as monitoring contractor performance for compliance with contract requirements, planning or carrying-out pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions, and resolving common procurement-related issues or problems OR

B. EDUCATION: One full year of graduate level study, or a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D.,LL.M., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of a Contract Specialist. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management OR

C. Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the baccalaureate level is fully qualifying at the GS-7 level. To claim SAA, submit documentation of one of the following:

  1. Class standing -- You must be in the upper third of your graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

  2. * Grade-point average* (rounded to one decimal point) of:

  3. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum; or

  4. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in your major field or the required courses in your major field completed during your final 2 years of the curriculum.
  5. * Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society* in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR

D.A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in "A" and "B" above that, when combined, fulfills the requirements.

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: AFGE

If you are selected at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without having to re-apply or compete against other applicants.

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

  • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
  • Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
  • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here’s how it will work:

  • You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified
  • Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If you meet the criteria above, you will be referred to the selecting official. Veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

  • If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:
  1. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
  2. If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:

  3. completed SF-15 form; and

  4. proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
  5. If you are active duty military: Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
  6. College transcripts: Your transcripts must show a, b, and c:

  7. Proof of recent graduate status (within past 2 years or on track to graduate within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement;or within past 6 years if you were prevented from applying due to your military service)

  8. Name of your college or university
  9. Date your degree was awarded

NOTE: If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, but you are claiming Recent Graduate eligibility based on a previous degree, you must also include those transcripts.

If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.

Superior Academic Achievement: Submit transcripts as described above. If you qualify based on your class rank or honor society membership, submit documentation of it.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job.

To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.

  • Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
  • Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
  • Click the Apply To This Vacancyand complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.
  • Note:Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTSsection of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).
  • *Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you request a Reasonable Accommodation for an External Assessment before the vacancy close date you will receive instructions via email on how to complete the External Assessment. You MUST submit your application, including the remainder of the application questions and supporting documentation, prior to 11:59PM (ET) on the closing date in order receive consideration.
  • Updating Your Application:To update your application, excluding External Assessment responses, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed. * Need Assistance in Applying?* Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions.

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Agency contact information
Ann Fraley





GSA, Federal Acquisition Service 2300 Main St, Floor 2NW Kansas City, Missouri United States

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Next steps

After the closing date/deadline:

ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Your application will be reviewed for all requirements.

  1. REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview.
  2. SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process.
  3. FINAL JOB OFFER:Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer, which is typically 40 days after the announcement closes
  4. FINAL COMMUNICATION: Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status. You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications. Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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  • Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493890700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 03/27/2018

Salary: $44,670 to $58,070 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07

Work schedule: Full-time

Appointment type: Recent Graduates - The initial length of the job is one year but may become permanent.