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Contract Management Support Training Program - Various locations

Organization: National Industries for the Blind

Posted: 8/15/2012

New Career Opportunity: Contract Management Support Training Program

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 free 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 the goal of the CMS training program?
The goal of the CMS training program is to assist in the development of high-growth career opportunities for people
who are blind by providing free high-level training in the field of contract management.

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. The training is conducted in two tracks. Track 1 focuses on contract close-outs and requires a four-year degree or equivalent work experience. Track 2 requires a four-year degree and 24 business credits and focuses on direct placement in the federal government as an 1102 Contract Specialist.
Where are these jobs located?

Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States. Over 90% of CMS Training Program participants who were open to relocating and completed the training have found employment.

Job Requirements
Track 1: Contract Close-Out
Contract Close-Out Specialist Coursework
NIB 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. With the contract close-out training you will receive the online training needed to familiarize yourself with the tasks required to conduct contract management.

Eligibility
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

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
Track 2: Contract Specialist
Contract Specialist Coursework
NIB 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. With the Contract Close-Out Training Program, you will receive the online training needed to familiarize yourself with all the tasks required to conduct contract management.

Eligibility
Please be sure that you meet all of the following before applying:
* U.S. citizen
* Legally blind
* 4-year college degree and 24 business credit hours
* Proficient Computer Skills
* Highly proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers, JAWS and Zoom Text

Career Opportunities
While it will be the responsibility of each program participant to conduct their own job search, NIB will work with you and various federal agencies to identify possible career opportunities in contract management when possible. Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States and the willingness to relocate will be key in your search. For individuals available to relocate, the Washington, D.C., area is notable for its concentration of contracting opportunities.

Possible career/job opportunities may include but are not limited to:
* Federal Government
* NIB associated agencies
* Contractor for NIB agency
* Private sector

DAU Online Coursework Descriptions
CON 100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
* Summary: Personnel new to the Contracting career field will gain a comprehensive understanding of the environment in which they will serve. They will develop professional skills for making business decisions and for advising other acquisition team members in successfully meeting customers’ needs. Before beginning their study of technical knowledge and contracting procedures, course attendees will learn about the different DoD mission areas and the procurement alternatives for each. Knowledge management and information systems will be introduced as well. Small group exercises will prepare attendees to provide contracting support within the overarching business relationships of government and industry.
* Objectives: Those who successfully complete this course will be able to:
• Describe the acquisition/contracting mission and its impact on the U.S. economic system
• Select training and development opportunities for career progression
• Describe the interdependence of functional team members
• Describe the importance of the oversight roles of the Government Accountability Office and the DoD Inspector General
• Explain the characteristics and responsibilities of the contracting professional in the role of a business advisor
• Explain the distinctive interests of both the buyer and seller and the role those interests play
• Determine the relationship between financial and acquisition communities and how fundamental financial principles and requirements are important
• Describe commercial acquisition and government-unique requirements of market research in identifying the best arrangements to meet mission requirements
• Explain e-business and information technology in supporting business processes
• Prerequisites: None
• DAU Format: On-line
• DAU Course Length: Estimated 30 hours

How can I get more information?
Visit www.nib.org and click on our Contract Management Support section to review the requirements and Frequently Asked Questions or contact the CMS team at cms.info@nib.org.

Contact: Billy Parker

Phone: (703) 310-0560

Fax: (703) 310-0485

Email: bparker@nib.org

URL: www.nib.org

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