General Engineer (Facilities Manager)

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 12, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a General Engineer (Facilities Manager) position for the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL) in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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This position is situated in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). Consisting of three sections and Front Office service groups, with a staff of approximately 60, OPP currently manages an annual budget of approximately $600 million. OPP supports research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in polar regions through research grants and awards to universities and other research organizations.

The Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section is responsible for planning, budgeting, and overseeing the science support, infrastructure, operations, and logistics support for the USAP. This includes direct field and laboratory support for 150-180 Antarctic field research projects; operation, engineering and construction needed to maintain three permanent Antarctic stations and the supporting infrastructure; oversight for the operation of two icebreaking research vessels; development of specialized information technology and communication infrastructure; and coordinating the airlift, and sealift that comprise the Antarctic logistics infrastructure.

The Facilities Manager has overall responsibility for facilities and utilities maintenance and project oversight for the USAP. The incumbent works with contracted architectural and engineering firms, the AIL prime contractor, and/or other Federal agencies that can provide engineering, technical analysis, oversight, and other construction management expertise. To accomplish these tasks, the incumbent will develop budgets and tasking to ensure the smooth conduct of year-round operations of all USAP facilities. The incumbent will also develop, negotiate, review, and help oversee, contracts, inter-agency memorandum of agreements, cooperative agreements, and proposals that are developed or submitted that provide engineering or other technical services.

The incumbent will work within a diverse section that is composed of full-time program managers, part-time Antarctic station managers, DoD liaison officers, contract personnel, a polar coordination specialist, and support staff. The direct budget for this responsibility is variable but is approximately $36M.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Facilities Manager has the following specific responsibilities:

Evaluate (facility condition assessments), prioritize, and integrate facilities and utilities requirements into annual and long-range plans for continuous improvement of all Antarctic facilities in terms of fire and life safety, habitability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

Oversee the development and implementation of facilities and utilities recapitalization plans and development of maintenance requirements. Oversee project execution (managing scope, schedule, and cost). Review project controls for sufficiency, including risk management processes, change control procedures and document control programs.

Oversee and perform facilities and utilities inspections and acceptance on behalf of the US government and issue occupancy certificates in accordance with the NSF A-123 process.

Conduct investigations and evaluate new technologies, materials, equipment and construction methods which may enhance construction, maintenance, energy efficiency and operations in the Polar Regions.

Interact with the other AIL and Antarctic Science Section program managers to ensure that operating requirements are reflected in infrastructure development, and to integrate facility and utility support requirements associated with science, logistics, construction, information technology, DoD, and government agencies.

In addition to the above internal managerial responsibilities, the incumbent will deploy to the Antarctic annually to perform oversight responsibilities but may also serve as the National Science Foundation Representative in Antarctica.

Service as the NSF Representative, Antarctica entails the following principal duties:

a. Coordinate science and NSF contractor requirements with other USAP participant organizations (including the Commander, Support Forces Antarctica), to carry out the annual USAP operational support plan for austral summer operations. Reports to NSF/OPP any instances where the operational units are not making a reasonable effort to fulfill the objectives of the USAP.

b. Advise the Head, Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section, and other stakeholders in the Office of Polar Programs on the progress and problems of the field operations measured against current program plans and requirements.

c. Coordinates with the NSF Science Representative to assure USAP meets support requirements for all domestic and International Antarctic research programs.

Travel Required

50% or less - The Facilities Manager will deploy to the Antarctic to perform oversight responsibilities, but may also on occasion, depending on staffing requirements, serve as the National Science Foundation Representative in Antarctica.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • US citizenship.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical examination according to the standards used for USAP medical screening for travel to Antarctica.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


Candidates must have a Master's degree in Engineering, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of relevant experience pertinent to the position. Appropriate fields include civil, mechanical, structural, electrical, or facilities operations and management. Relevant experience includes managing and overseeing the planning and execution of complex facilities projects.

A Professional Engineer (PE) license is required.

Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical examination according to the standards used for USAP medical/dental screening for travel to Antarctica.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Additional information

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds

This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

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 on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. In some cases, additional assessment processes may also be used.

We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors
  • Experience in planning, managing, overseeing, prioritizing, and critically evaluating facility and utility maintenance needs, including facility condition assessment programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying new technologies to monitor, manage, and improve utilities and facilities in remote environments, including experience with sustainable design and evaluation frameworks (e.g. LEED).
  • Experience in developing annual and long-range plans including budget estimation, development, and accounting of expenditures.
  • Knowledge of contracts, MOAs, and cooperative agreements, and their implementation including negotiations of statements of work, cost, and performance evaluation.
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve issues with equivalent ranking levels of management in the military, civilian Federal service, and private sectors.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants must submit a resume in any format, and may also submit a cover letter.

    You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

    You should upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to ; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

    Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

    All uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy 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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