Architect

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 16, 2021
Closes
Jul 24, 2021
Function
IT, IT Architect
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Civil Rights Division's (Division), Disability Rights Section, Department of Justice. As an Architect, you will utilize your knowledge of advanced architectural concepts, principles, and practices in order to serve as the design and technical expert evaluating and reporting on a variety of projects by other architects, engineers, and design professionals - from the planning stage through design, construction, and occupancy.
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Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to serve as a senior Architect in the DRS, providing technical expertise and consultation to Department staff and, as required, to other federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders regarding requirements for accessible and barrier free buildings, facilities, and sites for people with disabilities under the ADA and Section 504. As a senior Architect, you will:
  • Provide expert technical and professional advice and technical assistance to courts, attorneys, architects, paralegals, and other professionals in support of the Department's nationwide lead role in enforcement, regulation, and technical assistance under the ADA and Section 504 regarding architecture and physical accessibility, and, as required, to other federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders. This advice and technical assistance must be highly reliable and accurate and able to withstand blistering challenges. Apply the highest degree of innovation, creativity, imagination, resourcefulness, and technical judgment nationally concerning architecture, physical accessibility, barrier removal, and design and construction issues, having a mastery of the subject matter across the country that can be subjected often to multiple challenges and keeps current with accessibility developments by reviewing technical and design publications, evaluating new materials and design and construction processes and techniques, and attending professional conferences and meetings.
  • Manage and prepare reports in writing and orally on evaluations of buildings, facilities, and sites including by documenting conditions with numerous reliable and highly accurate photographs and drawings including measurements and tools needed for evaluation, citations to accessibility standards, laws, regulations, and proposing complex and/or simple compliant remediation that can be relied upon nationwide by courts, architects, contractors, engineers, and other professionals.
  • Evaluate and resolve complex architectural design issues on physical accessibility of all types-large and small buildings, facilities, and sites for people with disabilities used by public and private entities, including commercial facilities such as stadiums and places of public accommodation such as hospitals, multiple facility sites and restaurants, across the country, to determine compliance by designers, including, at times, highly accomplished architects and engineers, constructors, owners, and/or operators with the ADA and relevant accessibility standards, including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The evaluations and determinations may be highly contested and challenged on each detail.
  • Review architectural designs and standard criteria of plans, blueprints, construction drawings, specifications, change orders, and as-built drawings of other architects, engineers, and other professionals expertly for compliance with the ADA and relevant accessibility standards, including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design in support of the Department's nationwide role in enforcement, regulation, and technical assistance under the ADA. The critiques of plans may be highly contested and challenged on each detail.
  • Develop criteria/instructions for nationally technical assistance and training on architecture and physical accessibility issues arising under the ADA, ADA Standards for Accessible Design, and Section 504, that may set the national standard for physical accessibility to be used and followed by all architects, engineers, design professionals, cities, states, constructors, owners, and/or operators across the country.


Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You may be required to complete a pre-employment security screening to initiate your background investigation, which includes a drug screening. Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion and adjudication of your investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration)
  • May require completion of one-year probationary period
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level) by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • Current of former federal employees MUST submit your most recent performance evaluation or appraisal, signed, showing your final rating, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.
  • DOJ uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, by visiting www.e-verify.gov/.


Qualifications

All qualifications, time-in-grade, and education requirements, must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

Basic Requirement for Architect:


A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in architecture or in a 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

B. 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: (1) Related Curriculum - Degree in architectural engineering provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in statement A above. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations. or (2) Experience : 1 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 any college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that you have acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience Requirements

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or other pay system. You must possess the following specialized experience in order to qualify for this position:(1) applying the latest developments in building and site design in construction, physical accessibility, and barrier removal;(2) utilizing knowledge of ADA, Section 504, the Fair Housing Act, the Architectural Barriers Act, and other federal laws addressing physical accessibility and their interrelationships; and(3) reviewing plans and drawings for compliance with the ADA standards for accessible design in order to assist in evaluating existing, newly constructed, or altered buildings, facilities, and sites designed and constructed by other architects, engineers, and other design professionals.

To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or other pay system. You must possess the following specialized experience in order to qualify for this position:(1) applying the latest and most advanced developments in building, facility, and site design in construction, physical accessibility, and barrier removal;(2) utilizing knowledge of ADA, Section 504, the Fair Housing Act, the Architectural Barriers Act, and other federal laws addressing physical accessibility and their interrelationships; and(3) evaluating plans and drawings for compliance with the ADA standards for accessible design in order to evaluate existing, newly constructed, or altered buildings, facilities, and sites designed and constructed by other architects, engineers, and other design professionals.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

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.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants applying for a higher grade than the grade that you currently hold, you must provide an SF-50 that shows that you have held the next lower grade for at least one year. Some SF-50s effective within the last 52 weeks will not demonstrate you have held the next lower grade for at least one year (e.g. General Adjustment SF-50 from this year). In many cases, we need to see two (2) SF-50s to determine time-in-grade and eligibility for promotion. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

This position is open to Competitive Merit Promotion, Non-Competitive, and Special Hiring Authority eligibles. You must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to be eligible.
  • A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. You must submit an SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional (Tenure field is 1 or 2); AND status in the competitive service (Position Occupied field is 1).
  • A Veteran applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service.
  • A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later.
  • Military Spouses. You are eligible if: 1) you are the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces; 2) you are the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who retired or separated with a disability rating of 100 percent; or 3) you are the un-remarried widow or widower of a member of the Armed Forces killed while in active duty status. Please submit supporting documentation to be considered (e.g. active duty orders, marriage verification, SF-15, DD-214, disability letter from VA, etc.)
  • Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applicants from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advance on the basis of merit. The Civil Rights Division also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes directly to Diane Turner by email to Diane.M.Turner@usdoj.gov.
  • A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation to be considered.
  • Other non-competitive authorities (please see announcement language for applicable authorities)
  • A current or former Land Management Bureau employee who has served at least 24 months under a time-limited competitive appointment who is eligible for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act.
  • DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/page/file/1394116/download

    Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation.

    Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Division offices are near the Metro transportation system or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities. Most employees who commute by public transportation are eligible for a transit subsidy benefit.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

    Applicants will not be considered for Eligibilities for which they did not claim, regardless of the documentation submitted with the application.

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
    • Accessibility Law
    • Architecture
    • Creative Thinking
    • Decision Making
    • Design
    • Oral Communication
    • Problem Solving


    Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) apply for the position through this announcement; (2) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (3) be rated well-qualified for the position with a rating in the highly qualified category or above; and, (4) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs

    Please Note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement for up to 90 days should additional similar openings occur in this, or any other office within DOJ.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
    • Required: 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. (Cover letter optional). Do not include the following types of information in your profile or resume:
      • Classified or government sensitive information
      • Social Security Number (SSN)
      • Photos of yourself
      • Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc., or
      • Encrypted and digitally signed documents.
    • Required: A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    • Required, if you are a current or former Federal employee:
      • SF-50 : Your most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase or Within Grade Increase (WRI/WGI), or Appointment Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a current or former Federal Employee) showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held.
      • Performance Appraisal : Your most recent performance evaluation or appraisal, signed, showing your final rating. Your performance appraisal must be dated within the last 15 months. If you are unable to provide a performance appraisal, you must submit an explanation stating why one is not provided. The statement should the state a reason why the appraisal is not available. Current or former Federal Service employees without an appropriate appraisal or statement will not receive consideration for this position.
    • Required, Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.
      • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
      • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
      • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
    • Required, if you are applying as a Schedule (A) applicant: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). The date of your certification letter must be within three (3) years of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. Click here for a sample letter: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/getting-a-job/sampleschedaletters.pdf . This letter must be separate from any Veterans Preference documentation.
    • Required, if you are applying as a Veterans Employment Opportunity Act or 30% Disabled Veteran Eligible applicant: SF-15 Form, VA letter, and DD214 or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty within 120 days, under honorable conditions.
    • Required, if you are eligible under Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721: Your most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
    • Required, if you are eligible under Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the Military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
    • Required, if you are eligible under Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems Eligible: Documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.
    • Former or current Political Appointees: OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.
    Failure to provide the applicable required documents could possibly result in losing consideration for this vacancy. If uploading documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a special character such as %, #, @, etc. Documentation should be identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and all required documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    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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