Washington, D.C
Apr 30, 2021
May 05, 2021
Full Time


As an Interdisciplinary Senior General Engineer, you will be responsible for the performance of all aspects of the project management of Prospectus Level and non-prospectus level projects, which comprise the most major, politically sensitive, and complex initiatives.

Location of position: Public Buildings Service, Design & Construction, 1800 F St, Washington, DC

We are currently filling two vacancies, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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Project Management
  • Overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, execution, and closure of leasing, design, or construction projects, including prospectus level and non-prospectus level projects, which comprise the most major, politically sensitive, and complex initiatives.
  • Responsible for leading multidisciplinary team(s) through the project lifecycle. Sets team direction, coordinates activities across different organizational functions, and assigns roles and responsibilities for the project.
  • Ensures that projects are completed on time, within scope, and on budget. Establishes baselines for scope, schedule, and budget, monitors progress, takes action to correct deviations from the baseline, and reports project status.
  • Leads project team in developing, monitoring, and adjusting the project scope throughout the life cycle of the project.
  • Ensures project team reviews the design of architects and engineers for programmatic conformance, customer needs and compliance to industry codes and standards. Makes detailed study of each project, considers method of achieving assignment, and decides on best final solution.
  • Establishes project budgets, monitors progress, implements cost controls, and reports budget status. Reviews estimates prepared by contracted or government resources, reviews contractor's proposals, and participates in negotiations with contractors.
  • Assists the Contracting Officer in the preparation of statements of work, determinations and findings and solicitation documents. Oversees detailed analyses of all elements of cost in proposals and recommends competitive range determinations to the Contracting Officer. In conjunction with the Contracting Officer, develops negotiation plans and objectives; holds conferences; and conducts discussions and negotiations. Participates in the A/E, Contractor and/or Lessor selection process and in negotiations for Construction Management, and design post-construction contract award services.
  • Manages all aspects of the project's finances with the client including preparation, negotiation, presentation, approval, and communication of pricing, occupancy agreements, reimbursable work authorizations, and project budgets.
  • Leads discussions with client agencies regarding project requirements to determine the best solution based on available funding, technical recommendations and operational needs of end users.
  • Presents options to the customer based on derived knowledge of customer's current and future requirements. Negotiates and coordinates project plans, budget objectives and schedules with customer agencies to establish and/or manage customer expectations.
  • Project Closeout - Ensures the completion of project documents and makes certain they are uploaded into all necessary systems of record in order to track established performance metrics and historical trends. Conducts and documents lessons learned analysis.

Contracting Officer's Representative
  • Represents GSA and the Contracting Officer (CO) on A/E, Construction Management, lease and Construction contracts as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR). As the COR, exercises full delegated authority from the CO reviewing, inspecting, and directing the work as it proceeds in compliance with contract requirements. Recommends payment for services received or appropriate action where non-conformance with the contract is discovered.
  • Construction inspection responsibilities include all facets and phases of construction engineering covering each of the building trades. Prepares statements of work and detailed instructions for guidance to architects and consulting engineers. Assists in evaluations, selection panels, and negotiations. Reviews technical reports and evaluates assumptions, formulas, and calculations. Manages the development of plans, specifications and cost estimates for building alterations, repairs, improvements, and new construction. Reviews cost estimates for accuracy and technical adequacy.
  • Analyzes contractor claims. May perform special services and investigations as required to evaluate claim documentation
    and provide recommendations on cost and schedule impact.

  • Conducts site surveys to determine condition of structures and systems, evaluates requirements and recommends incorporation, modification or exclusion of various project features to best meet long-term needs of the government in consideration of such factors as urgency of needed repairs or redesign, useful life of building components and systems, and cost/benefits involved.
  • Reviews complex engineering problems and provides recommendations to GSA management. Prepares technical reports on highly complex A/E matters that influence current and future regional programs.

Customer Service
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for the customer.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required to travel occasionally.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here . The GS-13 salary range starts at $103,690 per year.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service.

This position is interdisciplinary, which means the duties and responsibilities closely relate to more than one professional occupation. This position may be filled in one of the following occupations:

Fire Protection Engineer, GS-0804-13
General Engineer, GS-0801-13
Architect, GS-0808-13
Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-13
Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-13
Civil Engineer, GS-0810-13

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS: A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ARCHITECTS: A Degree in architecture or related field; OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education, training, and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Architect Positions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience in the design of construction or alteration projects involving large and complex buildings or major building systems; and the coordination of the activities of architects, engineers, tenants and construction contractors on such projects. Such experience must also include having independently managed projects (balance scope/quality, schedule and budget) requiring the services of multiple disciplines from project initiation phase through project closeout.


Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: NA

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
  • Expert knowledge to manage prospectus level projects impacted by multiple competing priorities and requirements and to successfully integrate these requirements to meet the goals outlined for development initiatives. Skill in allocating fiscal, staff, and time resources to produce maximum results.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting cost, work, and contractor performance; knowledge and proficiency in using project management and scheduling software; and knowledge of various procedures including quality control and quality assurance and developing risk management plans.
  • Expert ability to apply financial management and budgeting knowledge, techniques, and innovation to achieve project results with on-budget, fiscal integrity.
  • Knowledge of procurement principles and procedures and methods of contracting. Skilled in techniques to negotiate contracts to ensure the successful completion of a project. General knowledge of the FAR and of regulations and techniques of source selection sufficient to chair a panel and recommend a selection to the Contracting Officer.
  • Knowledge of Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) duties and limitations as defined by the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
  • Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations that apply to leasing and development as well as to client organizations to determine potential impact on current and planned projects and to identify strategic objectives and long range plans for development.
  • Expert knowledge of the full range of qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques to solve a range of design and construction problems or issues that arise.
  • Mastery knowledge of professional A/E principles, concepts and practices applicable to a full range of design, layout, construction, repair and/or alterations to a variety of Prospectus Level/complex structures. Expert knowledge and skill to adapt standard design and construction practices and techniques. Knowledge of building codes and ability to interpret.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary to effectively lead a diverse team, keep stakeholders informed of highly complex technical information, and to satisfy and support a diverse customer base.

Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

If you are eligible under GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

GSA OIG Employees: Submit latest SF 50 (other than award SF 50).

CTAP Eligible - Submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.

College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript may be required prior to appointment.

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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