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Posting Begin Date: 2024/01/24
Posting End Date: 2024/02/26
Category: Purchasing
Sub Category: Accounting and Finance
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 24.92
Maximum Salary: 32.40
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity 

Human Resource Office (HRO) 
State Personnel Branch 
4794 General Manning Avenue, Building 442 
Boise, Idaho 83705-8112 
Telephone: (208) 801-4273

STATE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Registers established from this announcement may remain valid up to one year to fill vacancies within the same classification. 

          ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:                  24-08-MN

          AREA OF CONSIDERATION:                    Open to current enlisted members (E-6 or below) or those eligible for membership in the Idaho National Guard (IDNG). (Military membership is a condition of employment)

          POSITION TITLE:                                        Purchasing Agent

          PAY GRADE:                                                   NGA-8

          POSITION CONTROL NUMBER:            5202

          CLASS CODE:                                                 20195

          SALARY RANGE:                                           $24.92 to $32.40 hourly ($51,830 to $67,384 annually) - Starting pay is typically set at Step 1, $24.92/hour

          FLSA CODE:                                                     Administrative Exempt

          DUTY LOCATION:                                          Military Division, Purchasing and Contracting Office (PCO), Boise, Idaho, Gowen Field - not remote

         TYPE OF POSITION:                                      Military Nonclassified; Army or Air; Enlisted

         COMPATIBLE MILITARY FIELD:                  Not Applicable

The HRO State Personnel Branch will not forward non-qualifying or incomplete application packets for consideration – ensure to attach all required information as specified below. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE APPLYING.


  • Military Division Mandatory Questions Attachment of your individual responses to mandatory questions for all applicants
  • Qualifications - Attachment of your individual responses to each of the Mandatory Requirements and each Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) specified in this announcement under QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. Attach document/pdf to your application with all your responses. This is required to assess you meet all requirements for consideration. If not provided, your application will be considered INCOMPLETE.
  • Documentation identified as a Mandatory Requirement – When required, attach copies of educational diplomas, transcripts, or training certificates; or professional licenses, certifications or registrations.
  • Optional: Attach a resume and/or other supplemental documentation to support your qualifications.


  • (1) Except for minor traffic offenses, have you ever entered a plea of guilty, no contest, or had a withheld judgment to a felony offense?
    If YES please explain on a separate paper and attach it to your application.

  • (2) Do you certify that I am a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a Foreign National with authorization to work in the United States

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must attach to their application individual responses addressing each requirement separately.

Mandatory Requirements (conditions of employment) Provide the requested information, address your willingness and ability to meet the applicable condition and/or how you meet the requirement. 

Provide your individual responses in an attachment to your application addressing each requirement (1-5) separately.

(1) Must be an enlisted member of the Idaho National Guard. Provide your military grade, job title, AFSC/ MOS and unit of assignment. If you are not currently a member, identify if you are in another state NG and willing to interstate transfer to Idaho; if you are not; provide response on your willingness and ability to join the Idaho National Guard.

(2) Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted state issued driver’s license (from any state). Provide your driver’s license number, issuing state, license expiration date, and the full name specified on the license. (Do not provide a copy of your driver’s license.) 

(3) Must have, or be eligible to obtain, and maintain a favorable T3 (SECRET) Federal Background Investigation. If a selected candidate does not have a current favorable T3, as a condition of employment he/she must submit to the investigation process immediately upon hire/appointment. (At a minimum, a favorable suitability determination by the State Security Manager is required prior to appointment into this position.) 

(4) Must have the required education and months of specialized experience indicated below. Identify and respond to the highest level for which you qualify/meet all stated requirements. (Attach supporting documentation to your application; unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Describe qualifying work experience(s) including type(s) and duration.) 

    • 24-months of functional procurement/contracting experience and competencies that provided knowledge of contracting principles and procedures to include the following: Procurement in Pre-Award and Award Contracts; Simplified Acquisition Procedures; Contract Administration; Government Purchase Card Program;
    • 24-months of college course work that include, in any combination, of the following coursework: Accounting, Business, Finance, Law, Contracts, Purchasing, Economics, English, Speech and or Communication, Marketing, Math, or Management. Experience must include;
    • 24-months of a combination of work experience and education as indicated above. 

(5) Must be willing and able to complete 28-hours of instructor led procurement/contracting training education within 12-months of hire. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
Applicants must have 24-months of specialized education, training and experience performing related to the duties as specified below.
 In your detailed, individualized responses describe your civilian and military education, training, and work experience as it relates to each KSA that demonstrated your related experience. KSA responses assist in verifying your qualifications and determining the best-qualified applicants.

Provide your individual responses in an attachment to your application addressing each requirement (1-7) separately.

(1) Ability to interpret and apply State of Idaho Military Division purchasing rules, regulations and procedures. 

(2) Knowledge of purchasing principles and procedures applicable to pre-award and post-award actions. 

(3) Ability to conduct cost analysis to ensure that the state and federal governments receive the most competitive price for goods and services. 

(4) Ability to prepare/type procurement documents and general correspondence in final form. 

(5) Ability to interact and deal with internal customers, vendors and the general public concerning business transactions. 

(6) Ability to interpret customer requirements with incomplete descriptions. 

(7) Ability to use procurement systems/programs (e.g.: SCO, IEMS, and I-Pro), and common Microsoft Office programs. Identify hardware/software with which you are proficient. 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Refer to the position description below.

a. Each person hired will be required to provide verification of eligibility to work in the United States and may be subject to a criminal background check.
b. Refer to the position description for the Mandatory Requirements for this position.
c. Military Nonclassified employees are required to comply with military standards and wear the appropriate uniform. 
d. Incumbent must be a current enlisted member of the Idaho National Guard. Loss of military membership or compatible military grade/status will result in loss of employment. 
e. The State of Idaho, Military Division is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, and disability or age (which does not interfere with job accomplishment or job eligibility based upon the position description Mandatory Requirements). Appropriate consideration shall be given to veterans in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

PERSONNEL MANAGER CERTIFICATION: The title, series, grade, duties and responsibilities are complete and accurate as written and a current or projected vacancy exists as advertised.

                                                                                              Gloria A. Duncan
                                                                                              Supervisory Human Resource Specialist
                                                                                              Military Division – State Personnel Branch

Applications are accepted online only. State employees must apply in Luma after logging in. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the HRO office by phone 208-801-4273/4276 or email [email protected] and [email protected] to discuss alternative options.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Military Division.

By submitting your application, you are certifying all answers and statements are true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that should an investigation disclose untruthful or misleading answers, your application may be rejected, name removed from consideration, or employment with the State terminated.


INTRODUCTION: These positions are located in the Purchasing and Contracting Office, functioning within the State of Idaho – Military Division. The primary purpose of these positions is to purchase standard and specialized supplies, material, equipment and services for the Idaho Military Division (IMD) and its subordinate units/ organizations; prepare and negotiate contracts; research the cost and value of products, services and equipment; and to perform related work. Responsibilities include organization and execution of purchasing programs for IMD and the Integrated Engineering Management System (iEMS) which supports the Air National Guard (ANG), Army National Guard (ARNG) and State of Idaho purchasing requirements as defined by various Operations and Maintenance (O&M) federal/state cooperative funding agreements (CFAs). Serves as secondary purchasing point of contact for the IMD, Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM), Public Safety Communications (PSC) and supported National Guard Cooperative Agreement Program Managers.


1. Purchases a variety of goods and services in support of the Idaho Military Division (IMD), Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM), Public Safety Communications (PSC), Idaho Youth Challenge Program/ Academy (IDYCA), Idaho STARBASE Program, National Guard Readiness Centers (Armories), and Gowen Field host/tenant mission requirements. Inputs data via various automated and non-automated contracting systems to update and maintain purchasing, vendor data, accounting data, and name and address files. Develops and assigns local contracting clauses. Applies a wide variety of acquisition laws, regulations and policies to purchases. Selects appropriate contract clauses and provisions involving Requests for Quotation and Purchase Order documents. Inputs and consolidates purchase requests for eventual award action. Prepares and prints Requests for Quotation, Invitations for Bid and contract award documentation. Prepares and issues advertisements in appropriate newspapers and trade journals as required by Idaho Code. 

2. Screens requests for procurement of supplies and services to determine type of procurement action required. Determines if purchase requests from supported organizations are complete for purchase. Selects method of purchase (credit card, Imprest Fund transaction, or purchase order). Applies Buy American Act evaluation criteria. Issues delivery orders against Indefinite Delivery Contracts. Researches publications to determine if items are available through preferred supply sources such as state contracts, Prison Industries, Blind and Severely Handicapped, or specified sources of supply. Items are seldom covered by specifications or detailed description. Sources of supply are often outside the local area due to diverse locations of supported units and unique characteristics of items. Arranges for local manufacture of items to meet an urgent need when an item is not otherwise available. Purchases various commercial and/or specialized trade items or services. Applies conventional practices to resolve a variety of purchasing problems (e.g., inadequate or restrictive specifications, lack of multiple suppliers, urgent need, and insufficient price history). Prepares request for proposals, quotation and invitation for bids and selects sources in purchasing items or services. Considers transportation and handling charges, delivery dates, prices, quality of products and discount rates in making award decisions. Prepares and analyzes lease versus purchase alternatives. Documents reasons for awarding to other than lowest priced quotation and for determining that the price is fair and reasonable when there is only one quotation. 

3. Overall work consists of purchases under $100,000 that require considerable time with requesting activities to obtain/clarify technical descriptions or statement of work and other information. Conducts research to locate source and use of suppliers out of the local area. Many of the requirements require special handling such as justification of sole source and Exemptions from Competition, when applicable. The buyer must establish the basis for fair and reasonable price through analysis of responsive bids or price analyst's evaluation. 

4. Contacts users to clarify requirements or to suggest substitutes. Consults with suppliers to give and receive information about new items, new sources of supply, prices, item availability, to explain specific requirements, regulations and procedures; to obtain items or services within short deadlines; or to question price quotations which appear to be unreasonable. 

5. Evaluates contractor progress towards meeting delivery and performance requirements. Identifies failure to comply with contract provisions. Notifies vendors of delinquencies or quality deficiencies. Determines need, prepares and issues cure notices. Evaluates adequacy of contractor responses to cure notices. Cancels awards prior to performance. Issues terminations of awards for convenience or default. Issues modifications of orders citing the appropriate authority clause. Maintains and closes out purchase order files. 

6. Maintains State of Idaho Division of Purchasing contract files. Distributes copies of contracts to IMD personnel as required. 

7. Promotes a respectful workplace that complies with policies of the Adjutant General. Observes and ensures compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies and serves as a role model for the Whistleblower Protection Program, EEO, security and workplace safety practices, policies and regulations at all times. Maintains a safe and drug/alcohol free workplace. 

8. Performs other related duties and projects as necessary or assigned. 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: Works under general supervision of a Supervisory Purchasing Agent who assign primary areas of responsibility and relies upon the incumbent to carry out assignments with minimum supervision. Supervisor provides assistance as required when more difficult items are purchased, and reviews complex documents for conformance with applicable regulations. Work is evaluated in terms of accuracy and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and established policies and procedures.

PERSONAL WORK CONTACTS: The incumbent's contacts are with personnel of the Idaho Military Division State Accounting Office, Human Resources Office (HRO), Public Safety Communications (PSC), Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM), funding agreement budget personnel, organizational and directorate level Program Managers, and vendor sales and management personnel.

WORK CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL EFFORT: The majority of work is sedentary and performed in a well-lit, climate-controlled office environment. The job may require lifting of light items such as equipment/ supplies up to 25 pounds. Some travel, via all modes of transportation, may be required for work and training.

FLSA Overtime Code: A (Administrative Exempt)
EEOC: A01 (Administrative)
WCC: 8810
February 2022 

  • State Benefits:

    The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


    The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

    The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

    Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

    *Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.