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Pathways Student Trainee - Contract Specialist
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Job Description

* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is part of the Pathways Internship Program located in the Acquisitions Branch of Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD). WFLHD provides transportation and engineering services to Federal agencies to include planning, design, construction, and rehabilitation of federally-owned highways and bridges.

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The Pathways Intern, Student Trainee (Contract Specialist):

* Works closely with the Team Leader and more senior staff within the team to assist in administering pre-award functions involving a full range of procurement actions, typically involving technical services or programs of research and development, specialized equipment or systems.
* Participates in developmental assignments to gain an understanding of and capabilities to perform acquisition planning, scheduling procurement from time of acceptance in the division through award.
* Coordinates and participates in pre-proposal conferences with prospective offerors to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed procurement.
* Performs the full range of agreement monitoring and contract administration functions on grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts which may extend over several years and cover research, development, testing, specialized studies, training and other programs, services, supplies, or construction.
* Participates in post-award orientation conferences to ensure compliance with, and full understanding of, contractual requirements and to preclude unauthorized changes or alterations in contract provisions.
* Maintains systems to evaluate and monitor contractor performance related to such areas as delivery, cost, amount of progress or advance payments, effective use of Government furnished property, scheduling and usage of facilities, management of supportive services, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The ideal candidate for this position works well in a team environment and is interested in learning and applying procurement laws, regulations, and policies and performing a variety of procurement tasks.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1199 Business And Industry Student Trainee

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must meet the qualification standards of the position
* You must be at least 16 years of age
* You must complete a background investigation
* This position is NOT telework eligible; intern must work onsite
* Review Required Documents section as documents are required by closing date
* Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
* UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
* SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
* INTERNSHIP: Must meet the requirements for the Internship Program.
* PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: Must be enrolled at least half time at a qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate at least half-time.
* BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Must complete a background investigation.
* DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: Selectee is required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment.
* STUDENT STATUS: You must maintain status as a current student while on this appointment.
* WORK SCHEDULE: Intern should be able to work at least 20 hours per week, depending on academic schedule, and preferably full-time during the summer. This is position is not eligible for telework.
* PHYSICAL LOCATION: Intern will be required to work onsite.
* TRIAL PERIOD: The intern is in a trial period throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment.

You must sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; and provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.


This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide UPDATED transcripts that show any/all degrees conferred, current grades and registration with cumulative GPA to support your educational claims (acceptance letter is also required if applicable to current academic status). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

GS-7 Completion of one academic year of graduate level education; OR bachelor's degree with http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=General-Policies">Superior Academic Achievement as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook; OR five academic years of pre-professional study.

Superior Academic Achievement- In the upper one-third of graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - click here. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

For the definition of a qualifying educational institution, please use the following link: click here

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the definition of a Student, click here for additional information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/

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.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


This is an Excepted Service appointment. As a part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee's projected graduation date, plus 120 days. Upon graduation, depending on the qualifications and the Agency's need the student intern may be converted without a break in service to a term (time-limited) or permanent appointment, to a position that has a career ladder target up to the GS-12, provided they are a US citizen who has worked at least 640 hours in an appropriate program and has received a favorable recommendation from the supervisor for retention. There is no guarantee of a permanent position following this internship. Selectee is on a trial period while on a Pathways Internship appointment.

In order to qualify for this series, you must meet the following education/experience requirements:

The required education must lead to any 4-year degree 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. Course work in fields closely related to those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

This is an Excepted Service Appointment for an initial period expected to last for more than 1-year.

For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Program-Fact-Sheets

For a list of accredited institutions, please visit: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

You will be required to provide documentation to support eligibility.

About Department of Transportation

Virginia's transportation system is a vital element in the State's economy, providing the safe and efficient movement of people and products throughout the Old Dominion. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state's roads, bridges and tunnels. And, through the Commonwealth Transportation Board, it also provides funding for airports, seaports, rail and public transportation. VDOT has just over 10,200 employees, making it one of the three largest state agencies in Virginia.