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<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />If you have experience in with Architecture and want to play an integral role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the Federal Trade Commission! <br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />If you are selected for this position, you will perform the following duties: <ul> <li>Oversee architectural projects for all FTC facilities from the conception stage through construction and project completion, while adhering to local, regional, and national building codes, ADA and OSHA requirements. </li> <li>Ensure project teams meet quality, schedule, contractual, and budget goals </li> <li>Identify and documents agency design and construction needs; proposing effective options and solutions through architectural principles, concepts and methodology.</li> <li>Develop specific design solutions and construction documents, including contract working drawings and specifications via CAD and other planning software tools. </li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of this vacancy.</li> <li>This position is subject to a background investigation.</li> <li>Males born after December 31, 1959 must register with Selective Service.</li> <li>You may serve a one-year probationary period under this appointment.</li> <li>You must meet time in grade requirement within 30 days of the vacancy closing.</li> <li>You must submit a copy of your performance appraisal with your application.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><b>Basic Requirements:</b> <li>Degree: architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems. </li> OR <li>Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following: <li> Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in paragraph A. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations.</li> <li> Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture</li> </li> <br /><br />To qualify for the Architect position at the GS-14 level, you must meet the following requirements:<br /><br />You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: Establishing performance goals, targets and performance indicators for monitoring the development of various architectural planning products, articulating clearly the design intent, goals, and strategic logic to direct a project, managing, planning and designing commercial and industrial facilities and collaborating with others on all phases of planning, design, and construction of projects from initial discussions with the end users to the completion of the project and occupancy.<br /><br />Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>THIS POSITION HAS AN EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:</strong> You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectee's prior to receiving an official offer.<br /><br /><strong>GRADUATE EDUCATION: </strong>One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. <br /><br /><b>FOREIGN EDUCATION: </b>If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Education Equivalency <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)</strong>: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. <br /><br /><b>Career Transition Assistance Programs: </b>These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.<br /> For more information visit: ICTAP/CTAP <br /><br /><b>Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: </b><br /><br />For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:<br /> – Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A <br /> – Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans <br /> – Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses <br /> – Other Special Appointment Authorities <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are found qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.<br /><br />Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):<br /><br />Skill in the application of principles, concepts, and practices of architecture and planning.<br /> Ability to interpret and apply drawings, design specifications and familiarity with construction standards. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Moderate Risk (MR) <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br />1. Your <b>résumé </b>showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. <br /> 2. Other <b>supporting documents: </b><br /> – Cover Letter, optional <br /> – College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education <br /> – Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service) <br /> – Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable <br /> – DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities <br /> – Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable <br /> – Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.) <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.


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