Interdisciplinary General Engineer/Architect/Community Planner

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 01, 2021
Closes
May 09, 2021
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Engineer, Planning and Project Development Division, Facilities Planning Branch. The selectee will serve as a General Engineer, Architect or Community Planner and perform program management and/or project identification and development, with emphasis on projects involving work derived from the facility condition assessment database and new or existing public space or facilities in the master plan.

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Responsibilities

This position may be filled at the GS-11 (senior), GS-12 (authorizing) or GS-13 (expert) level. If starting at the lower levels, progressively more complex and independent assignments will be given on a gradual basis leading to the full performance level. Duties quoted below are at the GS-13 level.

Major Duties Include:

Program / Project Development and Management
  • Produces or oversees the production of a wide variety of facilities planning products and services in the support of activities for the Architect of the Capitol. Products and services include, but are not limited to, Area Development Plans, Capital Improvements Plan project development, Asset Evaluations, Facility Requirements, Project Charters, Special Studies, Project Documentation (AOC 1391's), Site Planning, Energy and Sustainability project documentation, External Engagement, Storm water program management, Economic Analyses, Parametric Cost estimates and Business Case Analyses.
  • Prepares the initial program, planning and documentation for a number of multi-million dollar renovation and new construction projects. Projects may include renovation, rehabilitation, alteration and new construction of public space, buildings and infrastructure systems. Programs may include storm water management, project identification management and other planning-related programs to aid in the development of criteria for improved project development.
  • Leverages in-house technical expertise and management capabilities of other division and jurisdiction personnel. Integrates diverse elements at each level and develops recommendations that can be implemented. The selectee needs to have a working knowledge of the AOC Preservation Policy and Sustainability policy and be able to recommend improvements and efficiencies to current status quo project planning.
  • Plans various complex project development functions with project teams and makes decisions affecting areas of responsibility that are precedent setting. Identifies and ensures proper resource availability for internal agency professionals as well as contractor organizations. Serves as a professional specialist and a key source of information for assigned areas of accountability.
  • Evaluates and monitors projects from other agencies that are adjacent to the Capitol complex and may impact implementation of Architect of the Capitol projects. Collaborates with professionals from area planning agencies including but not limited to National Capital Planning Commission, District of Columbia Office of Planning, District Department of Transportation, National Park Service and Smithsonian Institution to ensure external projects do not conflict with the planning of internal projects.

Technical Advice and Guidance
  • Provides assistance on project administration. Contributes to the resolution of technical difficulties that are amenable to changes in approach, criteria or requirements. Conducts studies to develop criteria for more in-depth planning initiatives and other situations encountered during field inspections.
  • Facilitates the resolution of project or program related issues and concerns that arise at the PPDD Director, Jurisdiction Executive, Superintendent Project Coordinator, Assistant Superintendents and Superintendent levels. Provides leadership of the project scope, schedule and budget concerns in the programming and study phases.

Consultant / Contractor Oversight
  • Provides technical design and management guidance to professional Architect/Engineers (A/E) Firms. Serves as the Contracting Officers Representative (COTR) for review and compliance with the Architect-Engineer contract specifications.
  • Monitors A/E contractors for effectiveness in meeting contractual, functional and technical requirements. Recommends action in cases of programming and planning deficiencies. Reviews function and technical aspects of project planning in detail. Ensures that applicable codes, standards and criteria are met.
  • Recommends use of resources and efforts related to the implementation of projects; and exercises specified contracting officer authority for execution and administration of person and professional services contracts. Independently supervises indefinite delivery contracts for planning/programming, studies and designs when needed.

Business Improvement
  • Participants in the AOC efforts to continuously improve business practices and customer satisfaction. Provides professional planning, architectural or engineering expertise in evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of plans and recommends improvements. This involves life-cycle phases of the project, such as planning and programming through the conceptual design stage, the construction document stage and the construction, equipment installation, commissioning and post occupancy evaluation phases. Identifies areas for improvement, studies processes, recommends changes, studies impact and develops a plan for implementation.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - Full Performance Level is GS-13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • Must meet educational requirement for Engineer, Architect or Comm Planner
  • You must be able to pass a drug test

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Qualifications

You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

For the GS-11:

Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience: (1) Preparing the initial planning and documentation for a number of multi-million dollar renovation and new construction projects; (2) Providing significant and innovative recommendations and/or methods to accomplish cost-effective, high-quality design and construction activities related to professional planning, architectural, sustainability, and engineering disciplines; i.e., civil, mechanical, fire protection, safety and electrical; and (3) Evaluating studies, plans, design specifications and progress reports for architectural, engineering and construction processes and projects.

Qualifying on Education for the GS-11:

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or

3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or

LL.M., [graduate education must be related to the duties of the position]

For the GS-12:

Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience: (1) Preparing the initial planning and documentation for a number of multi-million dollar renovation and new construction projects; (2) Leading broad based programs that have impact on agency planning initiatives; (3) Providing significant and innovative recommendations and/or methods to accomplish cost-effective, high-quality design and construction activities related to professional planning, architectural, sustainability, and engineering disciplines; i.e., civil, mechanical, fire protection, safety and electrical; and (4) Evaluating studies, plans, design specifications and progress reports for architectural, engineering and construction processes and projects.

For the GS-13:

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience: (1) Preparing the initial planning and documentation for a number of multi-million dollar renovation and new construction projects; (2) Leading broad based programs that have impact on agency planning initiatives; (3) Providing significant and innovative recommendations and/or methods to accomplish cost-effective, high-quality design and construction activities related to professional planning, architectural, sustainability, and engineering disciplines; i.e., civil, mechanical, fire protection, safety and electrical; (4) Evaluating studies, plans, design specifications and progress reports for architectural, engineering and construction processes and projects; and (5) Developing Master Plans and/or advancing existing Master Plans for a large complex of buildings.

Education

This position is interdisciplinary, one of the following education requirements must be met.

For Engineers:

Degree in professional engineering from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum

OR

A bachelor's degree in a related field, such as architecture, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision or guidance.

For Architects:

Bachelor's Degree in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems

OR

Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following:
  • Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted.
  • Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

  • For Community Planners:

    Degree: community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.

    Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.

    or
  • Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

    Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

    Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

    You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

    Additional information

    Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

    DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.

    The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

    The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

    The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation and/or disability.
    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Moving expenses are not authorized.

    Relocation expenses are not authorized.

    Probationary Period-A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.
    All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.
    Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

    1. Technical knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and specialties in the architectural/engineering or community planning field sufficient to to serve as the Project Programming Manager for any assigned project from the planning/programming stage through the design, construction, equipment installation stages, checkout and commissioning stage or other project completion milestones.

    2. Skill in applying theories, concepts and principles practiced in program and project development/management sufficient to provide decisive interpretations of guidelines and practices used in the design and construction of new public realm strategies or facilities or the repair, restoration and alteration of public realm or existing facilities.

    3. Knowledge of project development core competencies to deliver high quality projects on time and within budget. These include, but are not limited to: contract development and management, change management/integration, scope management, time/schedule management, cost management, quality management, risk management and communication management.

    4. Ability to collaborate with specialists in multiple fields

    5. Skill in technical writing.

    Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or disqualification for further consideration.
    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

    To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

    We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

    Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

    For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

    If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

    If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

    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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