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Environmental Protection Agency Contract Specialist in Chicago, Illinois


This position is inRegion 5; Mission Support Division; Acquisition and Assistance Branch; Acquisition Section. If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About Region 5: Region 5 webpage


At the entry level of this position, you will: Perform pre-award and post award functions involving specialized procurements.

Prepare and issue solicitation documents.

Perform simplified acquisition, sealed bidding, and/or negotiation methods to procure supplies, services, construction, and/or laboratory services.

Administer and close out contracts. When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

One or more positions may be filled.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


Conditions of Employment

If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.

You must be a U.S. citizen.

EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.

Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.


In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-05 level defined as reviewing standard contracting documents, participating in solicitation activities, and/or working with contracts in any type of supporting capacity. - OR 1 full year of graduate level education; or superior academic achievement degree in the academic discipline as described above.

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level defined as assisting in preparing requests for the procurement of supplies, services, studies, laboratory analyses, or construction; assisting in determining contract and method required for procurement; reviewing contracting documents for accuracy - OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

Knowledge of pre-award and post award functions involving specialized procurements.

Skill in oral communication.

Ability to manage multiple assignments.

Skill in written communication.

Knowledge of solicitation, review, price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration of contracts.

Skill in procuring supplies, services, construction, or laboratory analyses, primarily through simplified acquisition.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in 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.For information about accreditation requirements, visit EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

Additional Information

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.