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Posted by: National Security Agency on Jun 22, 2011


Fort George G. Meade, MD

Job Description:

Are you a highly motivated self-starter seeking a professional career opportunity? Do you seek challenges and enjoy working in an atmosphere of empowerment? If yes is the answer, then you should explore this opportunity. There are several entry-level positions available.

As a Contracting Specialist, you will become part of a highly productive team that contracts for the goods and services the Agency needs to fulfill its mission. Personnel selected for this position will be required to: work independently reviewing purchase requests and related documents, clarify all facets of a proposed acquisition to ensure accuracy and completeness, prepare requests for proposals, conduct negotiations, prepare necessary award documentation, and administer the contracts until performance is completed. The selectee would interface with various levels and organizations throughout the Agency as well as with external customers and contractors.
To qualify for this position an applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree and least 24 semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of study in any of the following disciplines: accounting, business finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management.  Ideal candidate will possess 5-7 years of related experience.

Professionalism, independent responsibility, tact and diplomacy are hallmarks of this position.

Required skills are: oral and written communication, acquisition documentation preparation, contract execution and administration, customer service.

Desired skills are: Leadership, negotiation, computer literacy, innovation, and creativity.

Certification in any of the Acquisition Career Development Program/DAWIA (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act) career fields is preferred and will be required within 18 months of hire.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Salary range: $62,467 to $115,742
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U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.  NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.  All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

Education Level:

Bachelors degree or higher

Pay Rate:

Commensurate with experience

HR. Website URL:

Security Clearance:

Secret or top secret

Travel Requirements:


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About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties. At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research. Learn more about our careers at Employment opportunities are available in the following areas: • Computer/Electrical Engineering • Computer Science • Cybersecurity • Data Science • Information Assurance • Mathematics • Foreign Language Analysis • Intelligence Analysis • Cryptanalysis • Signals Analysis • Security & Counterintelligence • Business • Finance & Accounting • Paid Internships, Scholarships & Co-op

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