As an Architect/Engineer (A/E) you will be responsible for the performance of all aspects of professional architectural/engineering duties pertaining to project planning, design, construction and repair of buildings.
Location of position: National Capital Region (NCR), Public Building Service (PBS), Office of Planning and Design Quality, Washington, D.C.
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GS-09 Duties : This is a career ladder position you will Assists higher graded personnel on portions of the overall engineering/architectural project management responsibility for the projects, including business management of the building projects from the preliminary identification stage through initiation, planning, execution and project closeout stages. Assignments encompass limited managerial responsibilities concerned with assisting in planning, organizing, controlling, coordinating, reviewing, and recommending or approving design, construction and related work. Participates with agency personnel who are responsible for defining the goals of the projects, working with them, as a trainee, to prepare a Project Management Plan for accomplishing such goals. Assists in preparing assigned portions of schedules for complete projects, and reports on project status. Assists with pre-bidding conferences with prospective bidders to inform them of contract provisions and relative responsibilities of Architect/Engineer (A/E's), developers, Lessor, and/or the Government. Assists with performance review and assessment of design development documents, including the resolution of moderately complex design problems, as well as the preparation of documents for agency officials, client agencies, and contract Architect/Engineer (A/E) firms. Conducts site investigations to determine feasibility, topography, site configuration, or condition of structure and essential data prior to initiating design. Evaluates data obtained, incorporating relevant features into design solutions. As assigned, prepares material and information for higher level personnel who negotiate contract specifications and design changes with organizational elements of the agency and contractors. Monitors effectiveness of contractors in meeting contractual requirements, technical and administrative.
GS-11 and 12 Duties: Responsible for all matters on assigned projects and for assuring that all matters conform to requirements of GSA policy, regulations, and standards. Ensures that assigned projects are technically correct for both design and construction and are in accordance with the best current practice in the industry. Prepares scopes and manages the development of plans specifications and cost estimates for building alterations, repairs, improvements, and new construction. Plans the negotiation strategy coordinates strategy with assigned organization procurement personnel and conducts negotiations with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms. Participates in the Architect/Engineer (A/E) and/or Lessor selection process and in the negotiations for design supervision and post-construction contract award services. Manages leasing, design, construction and alteration projects involving large and complex special purpose buildings. Such projects may be multi-story, multi-million dollar, office buildings, building complexes, laboratories or courthouses that involve difficult problems in engineering/architectural design, planning, coordination, code/zoning requirements, site selection, development, and layout, or other architectural/engineering related matters. Represents the agency and the Contracting Officer on Architect/Engineer (A/E), Construction Management, and Construction contracts as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).Prepares technical reports on important and highly complex architectural/engineering matters that influence current and future programs of the region. Prepares statements of work and detailed instructions for guidance to architects and consulting engineers. Reviews technical reports and evaluates assumptions, formulas, and calculations. Assists in A/E evaluations, selection panels and negotiations.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
12 - The full performance level is GS-12
- #### Job family (Series)
0830 Mechanical Engineering
#### Similar jobs
- Engineers, Mechanical - Mechanical Engineers
- Requirements ------------
### Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) - Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date - Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable - Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959 - Must provide College Transcript(s) with application
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
- Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a **political** Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch. - Serve a one year probationary period, if required. - Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level). - Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
For each job on your resume, provide:
- the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year) - number of hours per week you worked (if part time).
If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.
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This is a career ladder position, you may be selected at the GS 09, 11, or 12 grade levels. The full performance for this position is at the GS-12 grade level. If you are selected at an development level you may be non-competitively promoted at the normal line of progression and managers discretion.
For the GS 09 position salary range starts at $**57,510 **per year.
For the GS 11 position salary range starts at $**69.581 **per year.
For the GS 12 position salary range starts at $**83,398 **per year.
If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.
**BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS:** A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.
**In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07,09,11 grade levels in the Federal service. **
**SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: **
**In order to qualify at the GS-09 level**, you must meet the basic qualifications requirements identified above and possess one of the following: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level of the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience applying engineering principles and concepts including professional terminology, methodology, units of measure and their interrelationships to perform developmental assignments in the field; and using design software to prepare and/or modify building drawings. **OR **Two full years of graduate level education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to the position. **OR** A combination of appropriate graduate level education and specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position. Superior Academic Achievement, if applicable.
If selected at this grade level : The incumbent receives training and developmental assignments working under close supervision and guidance. Projects assigned to the incumbent are of limited complexity and sensitivity.
**In order to qualify at the GS-11 level,** you must meet the basic qualifications requirements identified above and possess one of the following: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the federal service. Specialized is experience defined as experience in the design, construction, repair and renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, design or construction of commercial or industrial facilities (office buildings and related structures). Such experience must demonstrate experience in coordinating the activities of architects, engineers, tenants and construction contractors. **OR **Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: Applicant must have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD. degree, or a PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree that is directly related to the position. **OR** A combination of Education and Specialized Experience**:** Applicants must have a combination of graduate level education and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position.
**In order to qualify at the GS-12 level, **you must meet the basic qualifications requirements identified above and possess one of the following: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in the design of construction projects and coordinating the activities of architects, engineers, tenant agencies and construction contractors. Experience should also include directing all, or large phases, of a project including planning, pre-design, Architect-Engineer (A-E) selection, site selection, and all design efforts; and reviewing operations to evaluate progress and compliance with design requirements. The experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.
Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
### Additional information
Bargaining Unit status: ** NFFE**
If you are selected at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without having to re-apply or compete against other applicants.
**Relocation Not Paid**
Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
- Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government - Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee - Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed through this announcement or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.
Travel expenses associated with interviews will be your responsibility.
If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement \#1911210KTMP. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work:
- You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:
1. Knowledge of professional Architect-Engineer principles, concepts and practices applicable to a full range of design, layout, construction, repair and/or alterations to a variety of complex structures such as office buildings, courthouses, or special use facilities. 2. Ability to assess project requirements and develop recommendations that meet goals, as well as integrate the goals and objectives of various other stakeholders using qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques and methodologies. 3. Ability to manage projects impacted by multiple competing priorities and requirements, and to successfully integrate these requirements to meet the goals and objectives outlined for development initiatives while allocating fiscal, staff, and time resources to produce maximum results. 4. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Excellent communication skills to interpret and explain highly complex and technical information to a wide range of stakeholders.
- Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified \[If the use of 4 categories is justified, adjust verbiage\]. - We will verify your answers to the questions in your resume. If your resume doesn't support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category. - Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.
If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan(ICTAP/CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
- Required Documents ------------------
**ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.**
- **If you are claiming veterans' preference:** 1. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment. 2. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: 1. completed SF-15 form; and 2. proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list). - **If you are active duty military**- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted). - **If you are** ICTAP/CTAP **eligible** - **submit a, b, and c**: **(a)** proof of eligibility including agency notice; **(b)** SF-50, and **(c)** most recent performance appraisal. - **College transcripts:** If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
- Benefits --------
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
You will have access to many benefits including:
- Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans) - Life insurance coverage with several options - Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year - Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan) - Flexible work schedules - Transit and child care subsidies - Flexible spending accounts - Long-term care insurance - Training and development
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
- How to Apply ------------
Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job.
To begin, click the ***Apply Online*** button on the vacancy announcement.
- Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application. - Once you have clicked ***Apply for this position now***, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process. - Click the ***Apply To This Vacancy*** and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. **If you click *Return to USAJobs* or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.** - **Note: **Review the *REQUIRED DOCUMENTS* section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): **Upload** (from your computer); **USAJOBS** (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or **FAX** (read the "Fax instructions" provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).
**Need Assistance in Applying?** Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. We are available to assist you Monday-Friday during normal business hours. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions. **Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.**
### Agency contact information
### Kelvin A Towe
GSA, Public Buildings Service General Services Administration Washington Area Service Center 301 7th Street SW Room 1049 Washington, District of Columbia 20407 United States
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### Next steps
After the closing date/deadline:
1. **ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS:** Your application will be reviewed for all requirements. 2. **REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT:** If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview. 3. **SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER:** If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process. 4. **FINAL JOB OFFER:**Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer, which is typically 40 days after the announcement closes. 5. **FINAL COMMUNICATION:** Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status. You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications.
**Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!**
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. - An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. - An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
#### Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability - Social security number request - Privacy Act - Signature and false statements - Selective Service - New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/537531800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
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