Interior Designer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Woodlawn, Maryland
Posted
Apr 02, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

READ ALL INFORMATION BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION TO ENSURE YOU UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS SPECIFIC TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

Performs services relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, materials and furnishings.

See additional responsibilities below.

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Responsibilities

  • Develops internal technical and administrative policies and procedures relating to interior design requirements, and coordinates the impact with other areas, e.g., consultant/advisory services for design, review and construction support.
  • Plans and schedules interior design production, adjusts work procedures to accommodate available resources and improves work methods and procedures used to produce work products.
  • Prepares contract documents, which include drawings, specifications and design analysis for a variety of complex facilities.
  • Utilizes the software system to develop both building and furniture related Interior Design packages.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: 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 www.sss.gov
  • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.
  • Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. If you currently receive a higher locality pay, you will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay if selected for this position.
  • Position includes walking, bending and climbing to inspect buildings at various stages of construction and/or to investigate reported problems.
  • Position involves exposure to related construction hazards when visiting and investigating onsite operations, repair and improvement or construction activities.
  • Position requires travel to conduct architectural studies on various SSA building facilities and/or meet with regional representatives.
  • Position requires travel to conduct architectural studies on various SSA building facilities and/or meet with regional representatives.
  • Selectee must have the appropriate contracting certifications OR obtain such certifications within a reasonable time as required by management.
  • Successful performance of Interior Designer work and adherence to conditions of the position will be assessed during the 1-year probationary period served by all new appointees.


Qualifications

READ THIS SECTION IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO SUBMITTING A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION.

See Required Documents for more information on demonstrating your eligibility and qualifications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for this position include Specialized Experience AND a Selective Placement Factor (SPF). You must meet and demonstrate both requirements.

(1) Specialized Experience : You must have at least 52 weeks of Specialized Experience as described below. This experience must have been gained in a federal position at or above GS-11 OR (if your position/experience is in another federal payscale or outside of federal service) by performing duties at a level equivalent to those performed in a federal position at or above GS-11. This specialized experience must have provided you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of this GS-12 Interior Designer position.

Specialized Experience should primarily consist of work that is primarily concerned with the design and alteration of interior spaces to meet functional and aesthetic needs.

Typical duties include:
(1) identifying, researching or solving problems pertaining to the function or quality of the interior environment;
(2) performing services relative to interior spaces, such as design analysis, space planning or aesthetics;
(3) applying knowledge of interior construction, including building components, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings;
(4) preparing drawings or documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public;
(5) coordinating and integrating mechanical, electrical and structural engineering disciplines within the interior context; and
(6) managing projects (e.g.,, developing cost estimates, evaluating bid proposals, reviewing construction documents, participating in on-site construction visits, conducting pre- and post-occupancy evaluations, developing standards for efficient space management, etc).

(2) Selective Placement Factor (SPF) : Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of interior design

Applicants must demonstrate at least 4 of the following 6 SPF experience factors:

SPF #1 -- experience designing, planning and/or renovating facility (i.e., office) interiors to optimize the safety, efficiency and appearance of the space

SPF #2 -- experience incorporating new interior design developments or technologies into various phases of facilities construction

SPF #3 -- experience preparing furniture packages, including conventional and systems furniture drawings, cost-summaries and other procurement information

SPF #4 -- experience applying knowledge of building codes and regulations, industry standards and policies to alterations and rehabilitation of the interiors of facilities

SPF #5 -- experience collaborating with architects, engineers and/or construction teams to plan and develop interior design aspects for large, complex facilities or highly sensitive projects

SPF #6 -- experience contributing ideas for developing Interior Design standards

Experience of this nature (Specialized Experience and SPF Experience) must be explicitly described in your resume - it is not sufficient to name projects on which you've participated or types of facilities/spaces in which you've performed interior design work. It must be evident to the reviewers that you perform the duties you claim or you cannot receive credit for it.

You must provide details of the duties you perform as they relate to the qualifying experience. Resumes that are vague or don't address the specific requirements may not receive further consideration.

Any experience not specifically described in your resume cannot be assumed - if you perform specific functions you want considered during the evaluation process, that information must be explicitly stated in your resume.

If your experience is in a federal position, you must state the grade and pay scale of that position in your resume, along with the full (month/day/year) start- and stop-dates of each position you are using towards meeting the Specialized Experience requirement.

If you are a federal contractor, do not identify yourself as a federal employee.

Performance of duties that do not meet the requirements of the Specialized Experience AND the SPF Experience will result in a rating of ineligible.

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

NOTE: This position requires the performance of contracting duties to accomplish the architectural and engineering contract work for the agency. Selectee must possess and maintain appropriate contracting certifications (or obtain such certifications per management requirements).

Information on this job series can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1000/interior-design-series-1008/

If you have federal status and are applying for promotion, you must have at least 52 weeks at GS-11 (OR 52 weeks in a position equivalent to GS-11 as determined by this office ) and you must clearly demonstrate this time-in-grade requirement to ensure you receive proper credit for it.

Time in grade requirement for applicants with federal status (even if you choose Military Spouse or VEOA as your eligibility) must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

This position does not have an educational requirement.

Education cannot be used in lieu of Specialized Experience or SPF Experience.

NOTE: This position requires the performance of contracting duties to accomplish the architectural and engineering contract work for the agency. Selectee must possess and maintain appropriate contracting certifications (or obtain such certifications per management requirements).

Additional information

VACANCY OPEN TO federal employees as follows:

(1) Current competitive service -- permanent OR conditional tenure

(2) Current excepted service and certain non-tenured appointments, including:
(a) agency with competitive service compatibility (Foreign Service, US Postal Service, etc)
(b) agency with Interchange Agreement
(c) Schedule A (block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg 213.3102(u) AND you have not been converted to competitive service)
(d) time-limited veteran appointment (block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg. 316.402(b)(4) AND you have not been converted to competitive service)
(e) not described above (Attorneys, Pathways [PMFs, Recent Grads, Interns] or term appointments) who have prior competitive service OR veteran's status

(3) Former competitive service -- voluntarily separated (resigned or retired)
(a) with permanent tenure (separation at any time)
(b) with conditional tenure (separation within previous 3 years)
(c) with conditional tenure AND veterans preference (separation at any time)

(4) ICTAP/CTAP -- separated from competitive service due to RIF or received notice that you will soon be separated due to RIF - (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf )

(5) AND certain applicants WITHOUT FEDERAL STATUS, including:
(a) Military Spouses -- no federal status ( https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ )
(b) VEOA -- Veterans with no federal status eligible under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/veoa/

VEOA is a means of eligibility and will not result in priority selection. VEOA cannot be used to circumvent provisions of the merit promotion process.

Veterans WITH federal status -- choose Promotion or Non-Competitive Referral as your eligibility based on meeting 1, 2, 3 or 4 above, otherwise you will be required to submit the documents for that eligibility in addition to the documents for VEOA.

Veterans WITHOUT federal status -- choose VEOA as your eligibility - not Promotion.

See REQUIRED DOCUMENTS to ensure you the documents needed to support your claim.

OTHER NOTES:

See CONDITIONS for important information pertaining to this position.

Position is eligible for telework consideration.
Telework may be approved after all conditions for telework have been met.

Position to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan. Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date of the initial selection.

The best-qualified list for this vacancy may be used to fill the same or similar positions in a component(s) under the same Deputy Commissioner.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that if selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.

Location of position:
SSA-HQ
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management
Office of Realty Management
Division of Planning and Space Management

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

READ THIS BEFORE YOU APPLY.

Preview questionnaire here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11063731 Use APPLY link to submit responses.

**It is not sufficient to make claims in the questionnaire that are not supported in your resume.**

Answer all questions and follow instructions. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes about 15 minutes.

Ratings will consist of the following: first, eligibility will be determined based on responses to questions 3 and 4. Responses will be verified using your supporting documents - choose carefully. If you provide a response that indicates you are not eligible, fail to provide documents to support your claim OR you are otherwise found ineligible during this part of the review, you will not receive further consideration.

Eligible applicants will receive a score based on responses to the remaining online questions.Your resume and supporting documents will be compared to your responses, which are designed to capture the required competencies for this position.

If you are among the highest-ranking applicants based on that score, your resume will be reviewed to determine if you demonstrate the required experience at the indicated grade level.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your qualifications. You must clearly describe duties you perform that meet the Specialized Experience required for this position, as well as duties that demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities as they pertain to the Specialized Experience requirement . Since Specialized Experience also has a grade component, it must be evident that the duties you describe are at the required grade for at least 52 weeks. Duties that are not clearly described cannot be credited.

-- Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of interior design (SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR) (possible 30 points)

-- Ability to solve a variety of problems associated with alterations and renovations of the interiors of facilities (possible 30 points)

-- Ability to communicate orally and in writing (possible 20 points)

-- Skill in using various forms of computer hardware and software (possible 30 points)

Experience is subject to verification by the selecting official. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation or to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability.

SEE QUALIFICATIONS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR RESUME MUST DEMONSTRATE.

You cannot be credited for federal experience unless you clearly show your grade at the time the experience was gained, as well as the complete dates you were at each grade. If you combine career-ladder experience into a single description of duties, you may be eliminated from consideration based on failure to clearly document the required experience at the required grade level for the required period of time.

If you remain among the highest-ranked applicants (e.g., your resume clearly demonstrates that you meet the specialized experience and SPF experience ), your name will be referred to the selecting official and your applicable documents will be forwarded for further review.

Applicants eligible for Priority Selection will receive first consideration (see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp ).

See Required Documents for information on how to support these claims.

Veterans' Preference eligibles will not receive consideration for priority selection.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Resumes must describe duties you perform as they relate to the Specialized Experience required for this position, including information that specifically addresses the Selective Placement Factor. Include your employer, work schedule (hours per week), full start/stop dates for each position and (if your position is or was federal) your federal pay scale and grade .

SEE QUALIFICATIONS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR RESUME MUST DEMONSTRATE.

Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement or rating criteria will not be considered and may cause you to be ineligible.

SF-50s must show grade, type of service and career-tenure. SF-50s should coincide with the information in your resume. If you are applying for noncompetitive referral based on grade, include the SF-50 showing your placement in a permanent GS-12 position.

Performance Appraisals are required for every applicant who has federal status, except as specifically stated below. Itmust be for a period that ended less than a year ago, must be completed and signed and must indicate a rating of satisfactory or better. Do not substitute a 'Performance Plan. ' VEOA-applicants and Military Spouses without federal status are not required to submit a federal performance appraisal.

READ THE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO YOUR SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY -- eligibilities not fully supported may result in a determination of ineligible.

COMPETITIVE SERVICE EMPLOYEES -- (1) current SF-50 documenting competitive status, grade and career tenure; (2) additional SF-50s (if necessary) to document highest grade held and/or time-in-grade, (3) performance appraisal AND (4) if applicable, a current payscale.

EXCEPTED SERVICE EMPLOYEES (USPS, Foreign Service, agencies with interchange agreements, etc) -- (1) current SF-50 documenting grade and career tenure; (2) additional SF-50s (if necessary) to document highest grade held and/or time-in-grade; (3) performance appraisal; (4) (if applicable) a copy of your agency's Interchange Agreement and payscale AND (5) (if applicable) an SF-50 that documents your prior competitive service (e.g., a resignation, retirement or other termination action that shows WHEN you left the competitive service [block 4] AND if you separated with career or career-conditional tenure [block 24]. See Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.

SCHEDULE A/TIME-LIMITED VETERAN -- (1) SF-50 you received when you were hired; (2) current SF-50; (3) additional SF-50 (if necessary) documenting highest grade held and/or time-in-grade, (4) performance appraisal and (5) if applicable, a current payscale.

FORMER COMPETITIVE SERVICE EMPLOYEES -- (1) separation SF-50 showing that separation was not for performance or conduct reasons, (2) (if different) SF-50 showing highest grade and career tenure. You must have served in the competitive service AND have permanent tenure OR have separated less than 3 years ago with conditional tenure (or at any time with veterans preference -- include vet documents). You are not required to submit a federal performance appraisal.

VEOA - without competitive status: (1) DD-214(s) (Member 4 ONLY) showing honorable discharge after serving 3+ years of continuous active duty OR (2) if applicable, documents demonstrating preference (such as a disability letter). If you are still on active duty, you must submit a recently dated official statement of service from your command. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

NOTE: applicants with federal status who apply under VEOA are bound by the requirements for federal employees and must submit vet documents, as well as appropriate SF-50s and Performance Appraisals, if required.

CTAP/ICTAP -- for displaced (or soon to be displaced) competitive service employees (does not apply if you voluntarily left your federal position) -- must receive a rating of 85% or higher AND must provide (1) separation notice, agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has terminated, OPM notification that your disability annuity has terminated OR Military Department/National Guard Bureau notice that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456 OR (2) SF-50 documenting your separation. For complete information see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

CERTAIN MILITARY SPOUSES: see https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ . NOTE: applicants with federal status who also apply as a Military Spouse are bound by the requirements for federal employees and must also submit appropriate SF-50s and Performance Appraisals, if required.

If your federal payscale is not "GS" "WG" "WL" or "WS" please provide a copy of your agency's payscale.

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