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National Industries for the Blind

Contract Management Support (CMS) Training Program (J0W1087430)

Community and Social Service




Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Job Details Level: Entry Job Location: NIB HQ - Alexandria, VA Position Type: Contractor Education Level: Bachelors Salary Range: Undisclosed Travel Percentage: Approximately 15% Job Shift: Day Job Category: Other Description New Career Opportunity: Contract Management Support (CMS) National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is seeking motivated blind or severely visually impaired individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program. The federal government is facing a critical shortage of qualified contracting personnel, and NIB has developed a training program to help meet this need while simultaneously providing high-growth career opportunities to people who are blind or severely visually impaired. What is Contract Management Support? Contract management support (CMS) services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up. In 2008, the federal government spent over $500 billion on the purchase of various goods and services, but is facing a critical shortage of qualified contract specialists as hiring has not kept up with retirements and government demand has increased for contracted goods and services. What is National Industries for the Blind? NIB’s mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. Jobs ranging from manufacturing to call centers, high-tech distribution and management exist through a nationwide network of associated agencies. What is included in the CMS training? The AbilityOne Program is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. Where are these jobs located?

Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States. For those available to relocate, the Washington, D.C., area is notable for its concentration of contracting opportunities.


Please be sure that you meet all of the following before applying:
* U.S. citizen
* Legally blind
* 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience
* Proficient computer skills
* Highly proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers, JAWS or Zoom Text

Contract Close-Out Specialist Coursework
NIB is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training course required to establish a foundation on contract management. With the contract close-out training you will receive the online training needed to familiarize yourself with the tasks required to conduct contract management.

Career Opportunities
Possible career/job opportunities may include but are not limited to:
* NIB associated agencies
* Contractor for NIB agency
* Private sector as close-out specialist

DAU Online Coursework Descriptions

CON 100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements

Personnel new to the Contracting career field will gain a broad understanding of the environment in which they will serve. Students will develop professional skills for making business decisions and for advising acquisition team members in successfully meeting customers’ needs. Before beginning their study of technical knowledge and contracting procedures, students will learn about the various Department of Defense (DoD) mission areas and the types of business arrangements and procurement alternatives commonly used to support each area. Information systems and knowledge management, as well as recent DoD acquisition initiatives, will be also be introduced in the course. Additionally, interactive exercises will prepare you for contracting support within the DoD. We will also address the overarching business relationships of government and industry, and the role of politics and customer relationships.

Approximately 20 hours to complete this course

CON 237: Simplified Acquisition Procedures

Professionals participating in this course will gain training on Part 13 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Part 213 of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, which cover simplified acquisition procedures (SAP).

Approximately 6 hours to complete this course