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Contract Specialist, Ft. Belvoir, VA US #18677

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.

CNSP is seeking a Contracts Specialist that will assist contracting officers in the development of solutions, recommendations, processes, and specialized instruments such as grants, task orders, cooperative agreements, and other transactions in support of the efforts at DTRA.


  • Ensure personnel possess the professional and technical qualifications necessary to meet the performance requirements
  • The services performed under this effort provide a full range of contracting services to DTRA such as pre-award, cost and pricing, contract award, and post-award services
  • Assist contracting officers in the development of solutions, recommendations, processes, and specialized instruments such as grants, task orders, cooperative agreements, and other transactions
  • Monitor and assist evaluation of dedicated high-performance computer(s) and projects if needed; track experiments to ensure capacity and storage requirements are maintained


  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III, or equivalent, in the contracting career field unless waived by the COR.
  • 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 with 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
  • Physical sciences experience – government contracts, cost analysis, DAWIA Level III.


  • This position does not have supervisory capacity or management authority


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance
  • 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 federal and agency laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to the acquisition process and to meeting the performance requirements detailed in this PWS
  • Must have the ability to pass a Background Investigation and Drug Screen



  • Work will be primarily performed in a climate-controlled office environment



About Cherokee Federal
Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.

Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.

Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team.


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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