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Job Opportunity: Government Contract Specialist:Iowa State University

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Government Contract Specialist

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Classification Information
University Title Program Manager I - 1018
Pay Grade 37
income Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details
Posting Number 80467P
Working Title Government Contract Specialist
Advertised Employing Department Center for Industrial Research and Services (CIRAS
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term 1 year from date of hire
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Part-Time
Summary of tasks and Responsibilities
The Center for Industrial Research and Services (CIRAS) within the College of Engineering at Iowa State University seeks qualified candidates for a Government Contracting Specialist to provide strategic and technical assistance in the areas of government contracting to Iowa businesses with primary service in Des Moines.
This position is responsible for counseling and advising business firms/clients on how to seek, obtain and perform on Federal, State and local government prime contracts and subcontracts. The Government Contracting Specialist works collaboratively with a company's executive team to assess company needs, understand the market potential of government procurement, reduce barriers inherent in government contracting, and assist existing government contractors with market expansion. This assistance includes: Advanced Contracting Services, Bid Preparation Assistance, Marketing to the Government, Post Award Assistance and Procurement Preference Programs. The Specialist is also responsible for the development, management, and implementation of the PTAP Statewide Training Plan.
In addition to the tasks above, the Program Manager I will also develop and deliver complex programming, conduct company-wide assessments for multifaceted organizations, provide assistance to staff in the application of the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations)/DFAR (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations) and will work with the GSA (General Services Administration) to schedule and develop partnerships with government agencies or related government service providers.
The prosperous candidate will have effective management and organizational expertise, the capability to work well with a diverse population, and the capability to communicate effectively. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.
About Iowa State University and the Ames Community
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-broad, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.
Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in practice and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have practice working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community.
Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.
Required Education and practice
Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related practice; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related practice; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and related practice.
Supplemental Required Education and practice
Preferred Education and practice
•Degree in business or procurement related fields such as business development, management, finance, accounting or purchasing
•History of high performance in the government contracting sector
•practice assessing and developing plans for clients needing improvement
•Leading, influencing and motivating diverse groups in meeting business objectives
•Demonstrated prosperous practice in:
oApplication of FAR & DFAR regulations
oConducting company-wide assessments
oWorking with GSA schedules
oDeveloping and negotiating partnerships with government agencies or related government service providers
•Demonstrated practice in searching for funding, writing proposals, and implementing the deliverables
•Demonstrated planning, budgetary and organizational expertise
•Demonstrated practice in management, leadership abilities, team-building, partnering, training and process improvement
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Leah Barton
Department Contact Phone
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email E-Mail: or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 09/16/2018
Pre-Employment Screening
All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.
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EO Statement
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, discapability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email E-Mail:

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Valid U.S state driver’s license

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
   » * Where did you first lgain about this vacancy?
   » ISU Employment Opportunities Website
   » ISU Employee
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   » Placement Office
   » Trade Journal
   » Newspaper
   » HERC Website
   » LinkedIN
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   » Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.
(Open Ended Question)
   » Please describe your practice assessing and developing plans for clients needing improvement.
(Open Ended Question)
   » Please describe, in detail, your practice with the following:1) creative problem solving 2) prosperous strategy planning 3) Developing curriculum and presentations 4) Leading, influence and motivating a diverse group on people5) Planning, budgeting and organization expertise
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   » Please describe your practice with the application of FAR and DFAR regulations.
(Open Ended Question)
   » Please describe working with GSA schedules.
(Open Ended Question)
   » Please describe your practice developing and/or negotiating partnerships with government agencies or service providers.
(Open Ended Question)
   » Please describe your practice with searching for funding, writing proposals and implementing deliverables.
(Open Ended Question)
   » Please describe your practice in management, leadership abilities, team-building, partnering and process improvement.
(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
   » Resume/Curriculum Vitae
   » Letter of Application/Cover Letter
   » Reference Contact InformationOptional Documents


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Job Location: Ames, Iowa
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Post Date: 08/17/2018 / Viewed 74 times
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