Interior Designer

Woodlawn, Maryland
Jul 01, 2022
Jul 08, 2022
Full Time

  • Develops internal technical and administrative policies and procedures relating to interior design requirements, and coordinates the impact with other areas, e.g., consultant/advisory services for design, review and construction support.
  • Plans and schedules interior design production, adjusts work procedures to accommodate available resources and improves work methods and procedures used to produce work products.
  • Prepares contract documents, which include drawings, specifications and design analysis for a variety of complex facilities.
  • Utilizes the software system to develop both building and furniture related Interior Design packages.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See
  • Fingerprinting and background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on fingerprinting and background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. See Additional Information section.
  • The work is mostly sedentary; however, some walking, bending and climbing is required to inspect buildings at various stages of construction and to investigate reported problems.
  • Work is primarily in an office setting and no unusual hazards exist. May be subject to related construction hazards when visiting and investigating onsite operations, repair and improvement or construction activities.
  • Some travel is required to conduct architectural studies on various SSA building facilities and meet with regional representatives.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for this GS-12 Interior Designer position are based on an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) for the federal 1008 series which requires specific education OR Specialized Experience.

You must have one of the following:

A. Undergraduate (or Graduate) Education: Major study -- interior design or other field that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in interior design, interior architecture or interior environmental design;

B. Certification of passing the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination; or

C.Specialized Experience: at least 52 weeks performingwork primarily concerned with primarily concerned with the design and alteration of interior spaces to meet functional and aesthetic needs.

Specialized Experience must have been gainedin a federal position at or above GS-11 OR (if your position/experience is in another federal pay scale OR outside of federal service) by performing duties at a level equivalent to GS-11.


(1) identifying, researching or solving problems pertaining to the function or quality of the interior environment;

(2) performing services relative to interior spaces, such as design analysis, space planning or aesthetics;

(3) applying knowledge of interior construction, including building components, building codes, equipment, materials or furnishings;

(4) preparing drawings or documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety or welfare of the public;

(5) integrating mechanical, electrical or structural engineering disciplines within the interior context; and

(6) managing projects (e.g.,, developing cost estimates, evaluating bid proposals, reviewing construction documents, participating in on-site construction visits, conducting pre- and post-occupancy evaluations, developing standards for efficient space management, etc).

If you perform this kind of work, your resume must describe in your own words, the actual tasks you perform that demonstrate the requirements above.

All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Federal applicants seeking promotion must have at least 52 weeks at GS-11.

Time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Information on qualifications for Interior Designer positions can be found at:


(1) ICTAP/CTAP - see before you choose this

(2) Current Competitive Service -- permanent OR conditional tenure

(3) Former Competitive Service -- voluntarily separated (resigned or retired)
(a) with permanent tenure (separation at any time)
(b) with conditional tenure (separation within previous 3 years)
(c) with conditional tenure AND veterans preference (separation at any time)

(4) Current Excepted Service:
(a) agency with competitive service compatibility (Foreign Service, US Postal Service)
(b) agency with Interchange Agreement
(c) Schedule A -- block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg 213.3102(u)
(d) time-limited veteran appointment -- block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg. 316.402(b)(4)
(e) not described above but can demonstrate prior Competitive Service OR veteran's status

(5) Former Excepted Service - but can demonstrate prior Competitive Service OR veteran's status

(6) VEOA -- see -- may be used by applicants with non-qualifying Excepted Service (e.g., former Excepted Service OR any current Excepted Service not included in (4) above).

If you have non-qualifying Excepted Service and are an eligible veteran, you may use VEOA as your eligibility, but still must provide documents demonstrating your Excepted Service status (e.g., current SF-50 and performance appraisal or separation SF-50).

VEOA cannot be used to circumvent merit promotion requirements and will not result in priority selection.

VEOA applicants with federal status will be considered on federal status first and VEOA only if federal status cannot be used. Eligibilities must be fully documented to receive consideration.

If you are a federal contractor, do not identify yourself as a federal employee.

See Required Documents for more information on demonstrating your eligibility and qualifications.


You must meet and demonstrate either the education, examination OR Specialized Experience requirement.

Education or examination claims should be stated on your resume and must be supported by a copy of relevant transcript(s) or proof of passing the required examination.

TRANSCRIPTS must include your name, the name of the educational institution, the degree conferred, course title(s), number of credits, grade and date of completion. Highlight relevant courses to ensure they receive consideration.

Certification of examination must be complete and provide all relevant information.

You must submit IOR documents even if you already hold an Interior Designer position.

Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail.

If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.

Foreign Education: If your transcript shows education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also submit documentation that 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 a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

Position to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan . Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date of the initial selection.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021 and submit documentation of vaccination by November 23, 2021 OR shortly after appointment or onboarding with SSA, if this occurs after November 22, 2021. At the time of selection, SSA will provide additional information regarding what documentation you must provide and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


Successful performance of work in this position and adherence to conditions of this position will be assessed during the 1-year probationary period served by all new appointees (e.g., new to SSA and/or new to this series).

Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Federal employees who currently receive a higher locality pay will lose entitlement to that pay.

Position is not authorized to be filled virtually or through outstationing; relocation expenses will not be paid.

Position is on a full-time, flex-time schedule. Alternate Work Schedules may be authorized. Telework may be approved after all conditions for telework have been met.

Location of Position:
Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management (DCBFM)
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management (OFLM)
Office of Realty Management (ORM)
Division of Planning and Space Management (DPSM)