National Industries for the Blind
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?
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. Individuals may also apply to NIB’s CMS internship program, which combines the DAU training with paid on-the-job training at NIB’s Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters. While you complete the CMS training, NIB will work with you and various federal agencies to identify career opportunities in 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.
Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone who is blind or severely visually impaired, has a college degree (or 24 business credit hours), and is proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers or JAWS may be eligible for the CMS program.
How can I get more information?