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Contracting Officer

Overview: The government has to be run with fiscal accountability and demonstration of a valid return on investment as key principles. Contracting Officers manage all aspects of the contracting process, including acquisition planning, solicitation, cost/price analysis, evaluation of offers, source selection, awards and contract administration.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Perform acquisition planning to include analyzing purchase requests and determining proper contracting method and contract type 
  • Prepare and distribute solicitations 
  • Evaluate offers to include cost or price analysis, contractor responses and contractor suitability 
  • Select contract source, assemble contract and make award 
  • Administer contract to ensure compliance


  • Bachelor's degree. A minimum of 24 semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines: accounting, business, finance, mandatory law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management is mandatory.
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the eight-week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required