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Contract Specialist, Ft. Belvoir, VA (ID#14810) Active Secret & DAWIA clearance required

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

The Contract Specialist will be assigned to Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Research and Development Contracts Division (AL-ACR) Contracting Support Services.  The job provides a full range of contracting services to DTRA/AL-ACR such as pre-award, cost and pricing, contract award, and post- award services. Contractor personnel will also assist contracting officers in the development of solutions, recommendations, processes, and specialized instruments such as grants, task orders, cooperative agreements, and other transactions.

The Contractor shall provide skilled, experienced personnel who are capable of providing contractual and administrative support.

Clearance: SECRET


  • Performing all aspects of pre-award, cost and pricing, contract award, and post- award services.
  • Perform Market research to develop cost bench marks
  • Author draft Performance Work Statement for contracting officer
  • Assist contracting officers in the development of contracting solutions, recommendations, processes, and specialized instruments such as grants, task orders, cooperative agreements, and other transactions.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Personnel must have experience commensurate with a GS-13 1102 or equivalent. 
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III, or equivalent
  • Knowledge of federal and agency laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to the acquisition process and to meeting the performance requirements detailed in this PWS.
  • Recent experience (within the past 3 years) performing cost/price analysis in reviewing contractor's proposals; reviewing and evaluating direct and indirect cost elements, such as, materials, labor, Other Direct Costs, (ODCs), overhead, general and administrative (G&A) expenses and fixed fee; experience developing, recommending and documenting cost/price objectives for negotiations; and experience in interpreting and applying cost principles and procedures for various types of contracts.
  • Experience interacting daily with contracting officers, program managers, and auditors.
  • Professional written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to guide first-time DOD contractors through the contracting process, to include contractor education and outreach as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of the DoD Risk Management Framework.

Salary commensurate with experience; full benefits package included.

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Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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