- U.S. Army Civilian Career Opportunities
Additional Requirements for GS-7 Level
In addition to having bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university as stated in the basic requirement, you must also meet one of the following four (1-4) criteria:
1. Meet one of the following four provisions for superior academic achievement:
- Standing in the upper-third of your college class or major subdivision (e.g. school of business) at the time you apply.
- Grade point average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed;
- (a) at the time of application; or
- (b) during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum.
- "B+" (3.5. on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study, either: (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum.
- Election to membership in one of the national honorary societies (other than freshman societies) that meets the requirements of the Association of College of Honor Societies. Grade point averages should be rounded to one decimal point. For example, 2.95 is rounded to 3.0, and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9.
If more than 10% of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.
2. Completion of one full year of graduate level education or law school. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. To qualify on the basis of graduate education, the graduate study must be in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management. (One full year is equivalent to 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours)
3. Qualifying for a grade level GS-7 position, which is one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression. This specialized experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
- Developing, preparing, and presenting terms and conditions in bids or proposals related to the award of contracts.
- Negotiating and awarding contracts, contract modifications and/or subcontracts. Legal practice involving participation in negotiating, awarding or administering contracts, or the analysis of procurement policies and procedures.
- Administering the terms and condition of contracts, including such aspects as preparing contract modifications, evaluation of performance under the contract, and contract termination.
- Analyzing proposed prices or costs, including such aspects as evaluating technical and audit reports, forecasting price trends, evaluating economic factors, estimating production efficiencies, and evaluating methods of allocating costs through various types of overhead and general and administrative expense.
- Formulating policies and procedures for the acquisition of goods or services, participating in procurement management reviews and contract clearance, or developing positions on claims and protest related to contract.
4. Completion of a combination of graduate education and experience described in "# 2" and "# 3" above. If you have some but not all of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and education that you do have. To do so, convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages, the sum of which must equal at least 100%.
For example, an applicant who has 6 months of professional experience (50% of the experience requirement) and at least 9 semester hours of creditable graduate work (50% of the education required) would satisfy the qualifications requirements for the GS-7 level.
Accreditation and Foreign Education
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For more information, please see the accreditation section U.S. Department of Education website.
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include documentation to support U.S. equivalency. Exemption: You are exempt from the education requirements above if you are a current DoD civilian employee who occupied a GS-1102 position or contracting position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in DoD on or before September 30,2000.
- Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
- Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Career Field Position. Certification Requirements must be met within 24 months.
- Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) is approximately 20%.
- Required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- One year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Direct Deposit of pay is required.
- Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted if qualified based on education. However, if applying based on education, unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
Visit the Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA) website for additional information.