<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />As an Architect, you will serve as an expert in architectural design and building construction, and as such devises, recommends and solves complex architectural problems as they arise in the course of project planning.<br /><br /><strong>Location of position:</strong> National Capital Region, Public Buildings Service (PBS), Office of Planning and Design Quality Wash., D.C.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Interprets, adapts and applies design and construction principles and practices to solve problems and translate solutions into working templates for design and construction contracts accomplishing the desired work. Participates in the planning and execution of major projects, including but not limited to programming, design, construction, renovation, historic preservation, modernization and major facility upgrade and repair. Manages projects and related duties involved with engaging many other offices throughout GSA to program, design, and deliver the space and help assist customers with reaching the potential for their agency to reach its missions by reducing reliance on space and focusing on the human capital in the federal government. Participates in the formulation of strategic portfolio plans and feasibility studies, programming, design, and change management for the consolidation of federal agency customers. Serves as project manager on programming and design efforts related to mobile workplace program. Prepares detailed technical cost estimates for use in obtaining project funding and bid evaluation. Evaluates project objectives, performs complex technical calculations to identify the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to the unique problems posed by the project, and, pursuant to this, prepares necessary drawings, specifications and supporting documents. Represents the agency before professional organizations by presenting the position of the agency and the Government on issues involving, or pertaining to, architectural design and construction techniques. Prepares detailed technical cost estimates for use in obtaining project funding and bid evaluation. Prepares correspondence, technical reports, estimates, fact sheets, status reports and schedules as required to complete project assignments. Represents architectural subject matter expertise team in meetings with management and client representatives.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional travel for training<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)</li> <li>Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date</li> <li>Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable</li> <li>Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>Applicant must provide a college transcript(s)</li> </ul> <br /><br />If selected, you must meet the following conditions:<br /> <ul> <li>Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a <strong>political</strong> Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.</li> <li>Serve a one year probationary period, if required.</li> <li>Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 1 investigation level).</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Have a valid driver's license.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />For each job on your resume, provide:<br /> <ul> <li>the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)</li> <li>number of hours per week you worked (if part time). </li> </ul> <br />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.<br /><br />For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here . <br /><br />The <strong>GS-13 </strong>salary range starts at $<strong>99,172 </strong>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. <br /><br /><strong>BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ARCHITECTS: </strong>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; OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education, training, and/or experience – use the following link: Basic Requirements for Architect Positions. <br /><br />In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the <strong>GS-12</strong> level or higher in the Federal service. <strong>Specialized experience</strong> is professional architectural work in the design, construction, repair & renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, design or construction of major commercial or industrial facilities (multi-storied or high-rise office bldg. & related structures), managing all, or a large phase, of a major design or construction project.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />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 <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Bargaining Unit status: NFFE<br /><br />Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility. <br /><br />Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.<br /><br />Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal work experience or uniformed service experience.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement #1911206KTMP. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both. <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 />You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.<br /> <li>We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work: <ul> <li>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: <li>Knowledge of professional architectural principles, concepts and practices applicable to a full range of design, layout, construction, repair and/or alterations to a variety of complex structures. </li> <li>Ability to apply a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods to the assessment and improvement of programs affected by the architectural specialty. </li> <li>Ability to manage projects impacted by multiple competing priorities and requirements, using the knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources while applying financial management and budgeting knowledge, techniques, and innovation to achieve project results with on-budget and fiscal integrity.</li> <li>Skill in oral and written communications to present recommendations to management and customers.</li> </li> <li>Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified </li> <li>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.</li> <li>Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.</li> </ul> </li> <br />Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.<br /> <ul> <li><strong>If you are claiming veterans' preference:</strong><br /> <li>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.</li> <li>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:<br /> <li>completed SF-15 form; and</li> <li>proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).</li> </li> </li> <li><strong>If you are active duty military</strong>- 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).</li> <li><strong>If you are </strong> ICTAP / CTAP <strong> eligible</strong> – <strong>submit a, b, and c</strong>: <strong>(a)</strong> proof of eligibility including agency notice; <strong>(b)</strong> SF-50, and <strong>(c)</strong> most recent performance appraisal.</li> </ul> <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.