Acquisitions, Grants, & Contracts

The Office of Acquisition and Grants handles acquisitions for all of Social Security, which involves planning, negotiating and administering contracts to acquire goods and services in support of our mission. Acquisition professionals act as business advisors to program managers in the agency and assist with planning for and acquiring needed goods and services. Purchases can vary from very technical equipment to various contractor services in facilities management, physical security, and other consultant specialties.

Skills We Look For

  • Contract work experience or coursework focused on methods, techniques and contract applications to building design
  • Prior work experience as a purchasing agent
  • Prior work experience as a contract specialist
  • Acquisitions and/or grants work experience and/or coursework
  • Negotiating and planning
  • Strong accounting and budget skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Analytical skills with strong attention to detail

Examples of Positions in This Area Include:

Contract Specialists plan, negotiate, award, and administer contracts for a wide variety of supplies and services for the agency. Specialists review incoming procurement requests, respond to proposals and bids, and make recommendations on which proposals to consider.

Purchasing Agents acquire supplies and services issuing delivery or purchase orders.

Procurement Analysts advise the agency acquisition staff on matters relating to contracting policies and procedures.

Grants Management Specialists plan, review for policy compliance, negotiate, award, and administer grants or cooperative agreements needed for research and demonstration efforts. These grants and agreements involve key agency programs.