Exhibits Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Frederick, Maryland
Posted
Oct 12, 2019
Closes
Oct 15, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

These positions are located in Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), in the Masonry and Wood Crafting Sections. The Exhibits Specialist is responsible for planning, evaluating, initiating, administering, and managing and performing work on preservation projects undertaken by HPTC project crews. Projects are often complex and/or unique.
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Responsibilities

As an Exhibits Specialist you will:
  • -Serve as a preservation project leader managing, complex projects, involving a wide variety of historic structures.
  • -Serve as the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) on projects and develop scopes of work and advise the Contracting Officer on the acceptance or rejection of work performed by the contractors.
  • -Organize and develop training programs for HPTC and/or serve as a preservation trades instructor for any lesser skilled employees and HPTC training program participants.
  • -Research, investigate, evaluate, and record data pertaining to historic structures for the purpose of determining their physical condition, style and period of architecture, and any preservation work required.
  • -Independently gather data and assemble it into reports, treatment alternatives and/or repair drawings and specifications that are clear and concise.
  • -Direct highly skilled preservation trades employees in the utilization of special tools and techniques necessary to carry out preservation projects.


Travel Required

76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You may be required to work off the ground on ladders, scaffolds, and on the structural framework of a building and in excavated areas and trenches.
  • You will be required to wear and maintain personal protective equipment as the work requires, including but not limited to: hard hats, steel toe boots, gloves, goggles, fall protection harnesses and a variety of other respirator types.
  • A pre-employment medical fitness examination and a pulmonary function test are required.
  • Recurrent blood level testing and other industrial safety tests may also be required.
  • You may be required to operate government vehicles as an incidental operator, therefore, a valid state operator's permit is required.
  • You may be required to travel away from your official duty station overnight for extended periods of time.


Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

To qualify for the Basic Requirements for the Exhibits Specialist series, 1010, you must have:

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- illustrative design, commercial art, fine arts, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, or other fields related to the position. Advanced training in a vocational school, technical institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of the fields listed above is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis.
-OR-
Experience in the actual type of work for which application is made. Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrated the ability required for the position. This includes work in the appropriate field, e.g., design, model making, art, taxidermy, or restoration.

Minimum Qualifications:

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also meet the following minimum requirements:

To qualify for this position at the GS-9 level:


One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service which must include: assisting in the management of complex preservation projects in order to meld construction management knowledge and historic preservation principals to lead a variety of skilled and semi-skilled building trade workers on various preservation projects ranging in scope and complexity; facilitating in the application of a variety of preservation trade techniques necessary to blend new work with old building materials; applying basic American architecture techniques necessary to help determine the sequence of construction in individual historic structures or groups of buildings based on stylistic building elements or features.

-OR-

master's or equivalent graduate degree
-OR-
2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
-OR-
LL.B. or J.D., if related

To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level:

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service which must include: managing complex preservation projects in order to meld construction management knowledge and historic preservation principals to lead a variety of skilled and semi-skilled building trade workers on various preservation projects ranging in scope and complexity; using a variety of preservation trade techniques necessary to blend new work with old building materials; applying advanced American architecture techniques necessary to determine the sequence of construction in individual historic structures or groups of buildings based on stylistic building elements or features.

-OR-

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
-OR-
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
-OR-
LL.M., if related

Volunteer Experience: 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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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 an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.

Physical Demands: Work requires regular and continuous surveillance of construction operations in the field. The incumbent is required to perform trade work on historic preservation projects. Assignments may require work in cramped, close quarters, underneath structures or on rooftops several hundred feet above ground level. The work requires considerable physical exertion related to actions such as recurring lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying of objects over 50 lbs. Objects carried may be of various sizes, weights and shapes.

Working Conditions: Deteriorated historic structures may contain hidden hazards and unknown structural deficiencies. The worker may be exposed to hazardous conditions (e.g., lead paint, asbestos, pigeon droppings, etc.) Work involves regular and recurring exposure to the outdoors, moderate risks or discomforts such as high noise levels, dust and fumes, high and low temperatures and humidity, and adverse weather conditions. Work involves potentially hazardous proximity to power tools and heavy construction equipment such as trucks, cranes, tractors and earthmoving equipment.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.

Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Building and Construction
  • Project Management
  • Technical Documentation
  • Writing


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/14/2019.
  • Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week . If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation such as:
    • Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion, or reassignment, showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 unless it provides the necessary information) and, if different, an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held.
    • Veterans Preference Documentation (e.g. DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter as appropriate)
    • Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
  • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
    • Veterans Preference Documentation:
      • If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives .
      • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
      • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
  • Due Weight and Performance Appraisals and Awards:
    • All applicants must submit their most recent performance appraisal showing the official rating of record and signed by a supervisor or, if one is unavailable, a statement as to why it is not available (including if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level).
    • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.
    • Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.
  • Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
  • Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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