IPA Assignment - Contracts and Procurement Senior Advisor

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Position Type

IPA Opportunity

Telework Eligibility


Clearance Required


Estimated Salary

Current Equivalent

Physical Work Location:

Partnership for Public Service

1100 New York Avenue NW

Suite 200 East

Washington, DC 20005


Position description:

This position is only open to federal employees who are eligible for the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program.

The Contracts and Procurement position requires expertise in federal government procurement and focuses on the following core areas:

  • Building and strengthening knowledge of federal procurement processes across the Partnership;

  • Supporting internal teams with RFP, RFQ and RFI search and response and ensuring compliance with these efforts;

  • Supporting our Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program via management assistance and content development.

Why is this role important?

This is a unique opportunity for a federal acquisition expert. Instead of writing RFPs, RFQs, and RFIs, you will have the chance to work on a team drafting responses. This change in perspective will strengthen your skill set and make you an overall better writer and reviewer. You will act as the Partnership’s in-house expert in federal acquisition. This positioning will provide you with coaching and training opportunities not always available in current federal procurement positions. The Partnership will also draw upon your expertise and make you a key member of our team that manages our Leadership Excellence in Acquisition (LEAP) Program. Working on LEAP will provide you with exposure to program management and curriculum development. You will have the opportunity to write content, directly support our participants, and network with other procurement professionals across government.
This is a 6 month assignment, with the possibility to extend for one year. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, flexible and positive team player who is able to thrive in changing environments, as well as demonstrates a commitment to public service and the mission of the Partnership.

Once hired, you will:

Build and strengthen the Partnership’s knowledge of the federal government procurement process:

  • Provide subject matter expertise to Partnership staff on federal government procurement practices

  • Implement best practices based on prior experience in/with a federal government environment

  • Build capacity of staff through on-the-job training and workshops

Support internal teams with RFP, RFQ and RFI search and response and ensure compliance with these efforts

Manage/own proposal life cycle for RFP, RFI and RFQ search and response:

  • Build internal processes for searching for competitive opportunities

  • Develop and coordinate questions as needed

  • Manage procurement compliance requirements and support internal terms with drafting proposals

  • Manage a detailed and structured review process (including technical, narrative, and Communications reviews)

  • Develop lessons learned/best practices after submission

  • Support contract finalization efforts

  • Support post-award contract audits

  • Build a library of content that is vetted and approved that includes narratives, examples of past performance, graphics, resumes, etc.

  • Continue to improve repository of past bids and contracts.

Support Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program:

  • Provide relationship management in the acquisition community in terms of identifying and securing benchmark speakers and offsite agency events/activities

  • Assist with content development to ensure it fits acquisition professionals’ needs

  • Act as an advisor to current participants on their action-learning projects

  • Assist the team in conducting post-program interviews to collect more qualitative information around program impact

What do we offer?

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a big mission: we’re working to ensure the federal government is dynamic, innovative and that it effectively serves the American people. We’ve got a great team that helps make it happen.

Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective, but at our core, we share a lot of the same traits. We are mission-driven, creative, collaborative, optimistic and inclusive.

Our work is strategic, fast-paced and guided by our values:

  • Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government

  • People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect

  • Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results

  • Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible

We hire smart and friendly people who are great at what they do and good to one another in the process. Are you ready to join our team?

Minimum requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required

GS-13 or above

Applicant must be a current federal employee eligible for a rotation within the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program

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