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Contract Specialist (Training Officer)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Reno
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Contract Specialist (Training Officer)/ PD# 21034-0

Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Yes

Telework: Yes

Virtual Position: No

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This recruitment is for one position with the VHA Regional Procurement Office West, Network Contracting Office (NCO) 21 located at one of the following locations:

  • Fresno, California
  • McClellan, California
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • North Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Reno, Nevada

Vacancies can be filled at any of the duty locations listed.

Contract Specialist/ PD# 21034-0

Training Officer will have direct responsibility for NCO planning, formulations and execution of the annual training program to insure the Acquisition Workforce under NCO is fully trained and meets FAC-C Certification requirements. Serves as the principal advisor to the NCM on all matters affecting contracting training, systems, and procedures. Develops and provides COR training, ratification training and other acquisition training requirements as defined by leadership. Participates on national work groups to develop standardized training plans and training presentations for customer and continuing education purposes. Implements acquisition training data base for all acquisition personnel and CORS. Develops and establishes guidelines and training expectations for all acquisition staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee annual performance plan/appraisal system. Assists with the development of individual training improvement plans for acquisition staff and provides advice and counsel to supervisors related to staff training matters. Provides verbal feedback and periodically evaluates employee training to the appropriate individuals and/or supervisors. Engages in recruitment and outreach efforts to raise awareness among targeted groups in the Contracting Officer career field. Maintains Contract Specialist proficiency by performing 20% contract workload, as assigned by the NCM, responsible for pre-award and post-award functions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

  • 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 all males born after 12/31/1959.

Position requires filing a Financial Disclosure Report

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 the position.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, June 24, 2021.

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 at the 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 Requirement: 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.

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.

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.

Specialized Experience (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 would typically include, but are not limited to: Ability to develop and present contract training concepts and strategies to the NCM and promotes the total contracting vision by soliciting commitments from functional areas within VA and other government agencies and private entities. Experience serving as Preceptor for Contracting Specialist Intern Programs. Responsibilities involving work assignments to insure a standard approach is used for training and to identify additional training opportunities. Technical skills to formulate, coordinate and secure approval for complex training products and evaluate impact of training programs on NCO resources. Administered contracts and assured compliance with their terms and conditions. There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.

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 at


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: and

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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Reno , Contract Specialist (Training Officer), Other , Reno, Nevada

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