This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Office of the Senior Procurement Executive. The incumbent serves as Branch Chief within Procurement Operations.

*This is a Supervisory Position.

*This position is outside the bargaining unit.

Major duties for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves as the principal contract/business advisor to major program office(s) and represents OSPE as the Program Office contractual authority.
  • Conducts Procurement planning and determines the procurement methodology, method of source selection and contract type.
  • Determines the extent of competition including whether the contract action should be set-aside for small businesses or whether to obtain needed goods or services through the 8(a) program.
  • Selects appropriate solicitation procedures while considering price competition.
  • Ability to establish realistic price, estimate cost, determine type and complexity, and urgency through the use of price analysis
  • Prepare and issue solicitation documents using the Uniform Contract Format or other appropriate formats.
  • Responsible for writing special provisions regarding rights-in-data, publication rights, and advance understandings on particular cost items.
  • Performs evaluation of proposals, quotes, and cost/price analysis including should-cost and life-cycle costing.
  • Prepares pre-negotiation objectives and ensure subordinate staff perform the same.
  • Directs administration of awarded actions for the acquisition program.
  • Coordinates contractor monitoring and surveillance by reviewing contractor progress, inspection and financial reports.
  • Review and critique program recommendations for acceptance of work/deliverables.
  • Ensures award documentation is in accordance with requirements of the FAR and DOL policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates with appropriate personnel to exercise option periods.
  • Oversees the planning, development, and execution of major procurement actions and the evaluation panel processes to endure integrity in the procurement process.
  • Responsible for negotiating contract price and terms 
  • Serves as subject matter expert for the Division with special expertise in performance area.
  • Supervises and provides direction and guidance to subordinate procurement staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Requires a supvy probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must possess either a FAC-C level III or DAWIA level III certification in contracting.*

Basic Requirements for this Position:

  1. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.and
  2. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree, that included or was supplemented by 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.
  3. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.
  4. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must also meet the specialized experience statement.

For the GS-14: Applicant must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower graded level, GS-13, in the Federal Services.

Specialized experience is defined as experience interpreting Federal Acquisition Regulations; planning, organizing, directing and managing the procurement of supplies and services of various sizes and complexity through all phases of the acquisition process; reviewing contracting processes and recommending improvements; overseeing and/or leading lower graded employees through the pre-award and post-award contracting functions; and developing and adhering to operational procedures to ensure compliance with established policies and regulations.


GS-14: There is no education substitution at this grade level.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs.  Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor’s Telework Program.

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The mission of the Department of Labor (DOL) is to protect the welfare of workers and job seekers, improve working conditions, expand high quality employment opportunities, and assure work-related benefits and rights for all workers.  As such, the Department is committed to fostering a workplace and workforce that promote equal employment opportunity, reflect the diversity of the people we seek to serve, and model a culture of respect, equity, inclusion, and accessibility where every employee feels heard, supported, and empowered. 

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, including submission of the required documentation specified in the “Required Documents” section.

Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (EDT) on the date the application limit was reached or the vacancy closing date, whichever occurs first, to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

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STEP 1 – Create USAJOBS Account on, including Resume and Saved Documents. Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

STEP 2 – Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS). Once you have identified a job on USAJOBS that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the “Apply”  button. For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click “Start Application” and proceed through the 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.

STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL) On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY.” Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy-specific questions. The 4th progress step “Documents” is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the “Required Documents” section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step, click “Submit Application.”  The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

STEP 5 – Edit Application by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy then “Update Application.”  If the vacancy closes on the date the application limit is reached, applicants will no longer be able to edit their applications.