Historic Preservation Specialist

Washington D.C.
Mar 22, 2018
Mar 30, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Local Travel as Required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Selective Service: 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 http://www.sss.gov/.

    Minimum Qualification Requirements: To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.

    GS-13 Specialized Experience Statements:

    To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    Specialized experience is defined as extensive demonstrated experience: 1) providing professional assistance, advice, and policy guidance on historic preservation matters and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, including the review of projects involving historic properties; 2) evaluating architectural designs, building arts, historical ornamentation, and materials to recent developments in architecture and city planning in general, and in particular, as these have applied to Washington, DC; 3) applying theories and new developments to preservation and conservation problems.

    It is preferred that applicants have held a position that required a proficiency in historic preservation and a knowledge of architecture and/or architectural history.

    The experience may have been gained in the public, private sector, or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

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

    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:


    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    1. Technical Knowledge: Expert technical knowledge of architectural and historic preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation in order to provide consultation, guidance, and policy recommendations.
    2. Analytical: Ability to evaluate historical data and records in determining the architectural and historical importance of buildings, monuments, fountains, etc.
    3. Oral Communication skills in order to make presentations and service as a representative of the organization.
    4. Written Communication skills in order to prepare reports, recommendations, findings, and develop policy.
    5. Pressure and Deadlines: Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines with sometimes conflicting priorities and no specific guidelines to follow. Most assignments involve new aspects for which no clearly applicable precedents exist or guidelines are too broad for specific application.
    If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

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