Architect/Project Manager

Washington D.C.
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Architecture and Engineering, an adjunct function of the Administrator’s Office, National Gallery of Art. The office is responsible for planning, design, and construction projects and for providing the following services: Facilities planning; architectural, engineering, and interior design services; relocation management; code advice/interpretation; Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and space database management. The office is also responsible for the development and implementation of the Gallery’s Master Facilities Plan (MFP) and annual Ongoing Renovation budget requirements and for the associated program management.

The incumbent serves as a Architect / Project Manager in the Office of Architecture and Engineeringand reports to the Senior Program Manager / Senior (Supervisory) Architect/Engineer. The incumbent assists in the oversight and management of the development and execution of agency-wide major capital projects and other renovation projects, necessary to ensure the long-term care and upkeep of the Gallery's unique buildings and associated infrastructure. The office provides professional design services and also manages and administers the work of outside contractors and consultants. Projects range in size and complexity from smaller office renovations to major building renovations and capital construction.

Gallery facilities comprise over 1.3 million square feet of building space, including architecturally significant buildings and landscapes. The Gallery also leases and maintains storage and shop facilities in Landover, Maryland and office space in the District of Columbia.

This position is also being advertised under job announcement NGA-17-104B to persons with Federal competitive status or reinstatement eligibility, or who are eligible under the Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) or other special hiring authorities, including Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority and Schedule A authority to hire individuals with severe disabilities. Persons wishing to be considered under both announcements must apply separately to each.

  • Not Required

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  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Candidates must meet one of the following basic requirement conditions:

    A. 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

    B. 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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    Additionally, to be eligible for this specific vacancy, candidates must possess at least one year of specialized experience. At the GS-11 level, specialized experience is defined as project management participation focusing on planning, design, and construction for large-scale renovation projects in a public, iconic building, museum, or similar cultural institution.

    Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Applicants must describe their possession of each of these factors individually in a one to two page cover letter as a part of their application.

    1. Skill in managing complex projects in museums or cultural institutions from inception through completion.

    2. Ability to serve as a liaison and communicate effectively about project status from inception to completion.

    3. Ability to lead, direct, and oversee outside consultants and contractors.

    4. Ability to prepare and manage the budgets and schedules of multi-million dollar capital renewal and renovation projects.

    5. Ability to maintain project’s progress with effective use of available resources.

    Physical Requirements: The work is often done at a desk, but walking, climbing, and bending to assess and observe building conditions and construction sites, standing for extended periods, and related physical exertion is not uncommon. When performing assignments, the position may require the use of ladders, scaffolds, and platforms. The work may be in cramped and isolated locations that are difficult to access. The work also requires frequent trips to various locations within the Gallery’s campus of buildings.

    The National Gallery of Art provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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    Incumbent reports to the National Gallery of Art’s Architect/Program Manager and assists with the management, development, and execution of agency-wide major capital projects and other renovation projects, necessary to ensure the long-term care and upkeep of the Gallery’s unique buildings and associated infrastructure. Performs such assignments as:

      • Reviews, coordinates,and maintains design documents for a variety of projects funded through the NGA’s Master Facilities Plan, the NGA’s Ongoing Renovation program, and other private fund sources.
      • Serves in a liaison capacity for the Office of Architecture and Engineering.
      • Assists with the overview ,and reviews the work of outside consultants and contractors who work with the Office of Architecture and Engineering.
      • Activities include planning, programming, design, analysis, estimating, and preparation of contract documents.
      • Analyzes and prepares estimates and cost evaluations in order to make recommendations on expenditure of funds.
      • Reviews the design work for general conformance with all Gallery requirements and all stated and required building codes, and federal government regulations and procedures.
      • Participates in Gallery Architectural-Engineering and Construction Services Technical Evaluation Panels established to rate capabilities of professional A/E consulting firms and general contractors for contracted services.

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