Construction Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 18, 2017
Closes
Sep 18, 2017
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

Are you excited by the idea of helping to support $39 billion in small business financing and setting proper conditions to stimulate America's economic growth? SBA has been a leader in small business development for more than 60 years. In an increasingly globalized economy, we tackle challenges confronted by the small business community across geographic boundaries. Although times have changed since the SBA was founded in 1953, the Agency's mission - to promote the growth of small business - has not. Today, SBA is more vital than ever. We work in collaboration with partner organizations and use cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to multiply our impact on small businesses. America's 28 million small businesses are the engine of job creation and economic growth in this country, creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in the United States and employing over half the nation's workforce. SBA ensures that these businesses have the tools and resources required to start and expand their operations, and create jobs that support a growing economy and strengthen America's middle class.

By applying for this position with SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, you can enjoy challenging but satisfying work and join a highly motivated and diverse team that helps families and businesses rebuild their lives after a disaster.

You will serve as a Construction Analyst for the Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA), Damage Verification Center - DVC in Herndon, Virginia. This position provides fully qualified and trained SBA Construction Analysts who respond to disaster emergencies, often within 48 hours or less, throughout the United States and its territories. Territories include, but are not limited to: American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. You will conduct on-site damage assessments to personal, real and business property that resulted from a declared disaster by the President or SBA. You will determine the extent of the damage, estimate the cost of repairs or replacement of damaged properties, and work primarily in disaster affected areas.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 180 days from the closing date.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

75% or less - You may be required to travel to a disaster site during increased disaster activity for extended periods with little or no advanced notice. If so, you may encounter hazardous working and/or living conditions; i.e., no water or electricity and/or minimal lodging facilities. Travel expenses are compensated based on SBA policy and Federal regulations.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government travel credit card.
  • Favorable background investigation and credit check are required.
  • Credit Score must be at least 500.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year trial period.
  • ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
    1. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):
    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (which must show at least a "fully successful" rating or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. In addition to meeting all qualification requirements and selective placement factors (if applicable), CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the Well-Qualified criteria for the position in order to be given priority consideration. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is also on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP.
    2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
    3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    Generally, time in Non-Pay status is not creditable towards the specialized experience requirement listed below.
    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    You may qualify based on experience, education or a combination of both.


    Experience:
    To receive credit, you must indicate the month and year as well as the average hours worked per week for each employer. Average work hours must be stated on resume to quantify each period of work experience or that experience will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement.
    You must address the specific specialized experience required for each grade level of this position on your resume or application or you will be rated "Ineligible" for that grade level.

    GS-09: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. In addition, this Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

    *Estimating quantity of materials and costs for constructing or repairing homes OR businesses. This type of experience could be gained in the real estate, insurance, or construction industry.

    GS-11: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. In addition, this Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

    *Estimating quantity of materials and costs for constructing or repairing homes AND businesses. This type of experience could be gained in the real estate, insurance, or construction industry.

    OR

    Education:

    If qualifying based on education, you must submit transcripts by the closing date of this announcement or you will not be found eligible.

    GS-09:
    Must have a Master's or equivalent degree in a related field, such as engineering or architecture, from an accredited college or university or two full years (36 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related.

    GS-11: Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field, such as engineering or architecture, from an accredited college or university or three full years (54 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related.

    OR

    A combination of experience and education as indicated above.

    Intermittent employees generally are not eligible for Federal benefits (life insurance, health insurance, retirement). However, if enrolled in benefits in the preceding appointment, those benefits will continue in this position provided there is no break in service of more than 3 days. Also, if you work or are expected to work at least 90 consecutive days and 130 hours per month, you will become eligible for health insurance benefits only. If you are in a non-pay status for 365 days your Federal health and/or life benefits will terminate.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Small Business Administration is committed to building a high-performing, 21st century workforce that possesses the following core attributes: cultural astuteness, technological proficiency, articulate, strong writing capabilities, superior conflict resolution skills, and exceptional presentation skills. Candidates should be prepared as they may be further evaluated on these attributes throughout the application and selection process.

    For this vacancy, the Office of Disaster Personnel will use a Category Rating system to refer qualified applicants for consideration. This is a three-step process. First, your resume or other application is evaluated to determine if you meet the Qualifications, including the Specialized Experience described above, for the grade level(s) that you are applying for. Secondly, if you meet the minimum qualifications requirements, your responses to the questionnaire, including narrative responses, if applicable, will be compared to your resume or other application. If your resume does not support the answers you gave on the questionnaire, you may be rated "Ineligible" or you may be placed in a lower category. Third, your name will be placed in one of the three following categories:

    • Best-Qualified - highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position.
    • Well-Qualified - competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position.
    • Qualified - an overall basic level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position.
    Application of Veterans' Preference: The Category Rating process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each quality category. All the veterans must be selected before any non-veterans within each category.

    For this position, disabled veterans who meet minimum qualifications for this position and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% (CPS & CP) are placed at the top of the Best-Qualified category regardless of which category they would otherwise be assigned to.

    Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10% or more (XP or TP) are placed at the top of their quality category.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
    Building and Construction, Computer Skills, Cost Estimation and Analysis, Oral Communication, and Writing

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