Architect

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 06, 2017
Closes
Jul 20, 2017
Function
IT, IT Architect
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

The ideal candidate would possess considerable knowledge of architecture, the effects of natural hazards on buildings, and building codes and their application in mitigating the effects of natural hazards. This position starts at a salary of $79,720 (GS-12) and $94,796 (GS-13) with promotion potential to the $123,234 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Management Directorate, Planning, Safety & Building Sciences Division, Building Science Branch team within FEMA.

Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may require non-emergency travel (10%.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
  • The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    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.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level (starting salary $79,720.00) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level, that demonstrates interpreting and/or applying the natural hazard (seismic, wind, flood) provisions of building codes.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $94,796) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, that demonstrates interpreting, applying and developing the natural hazard (seismic, wind, flood) provisions of building codes.

    OR

    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.

    Note: This is a scientific & professional occupation): There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 or GS-13 level. The specialized experience requirement must be met.

    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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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    DUTIES:

    As a Architect, you will perform the following duties:

    • Advising, developing, and evaluating building code related policies, procedures, and guidance as they relate to natural hazards
    • Preparing technical papers and presentations expressing the Agency's position on building code issue.
    • Providing technical support on the development of technical training materials.
    • Serving as point of contact on natural hazards mitigation, and disaster-resistant building codes and standards.