Facility Operations Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 20, 2021
Closes
Oct 27, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.
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Responsibilities

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate, Chief Science Officer Division in Washington, DC

You will serve as a Facilities Design and Construction Management Specialist and be responsible for the development of design and construction technical specifications for LSS space requirements.

This position starts at a salary of $103,690.00 (GS-13, Step 1) to $134,798.00 (GS-13, Step 10) with promotion potential to $134,798 (GS-13 Step 10). In this position, you will be performing the below duties:
  • Coordinating with LSS Directors and laboratory subject matter experts (SMEs) nationwide, the LSS HQ Facilities PM, and the Deputy Executive Director to develop and execute approved facilities strategic plans. Developing technical program of requirements (POR) and statements of work based on the needs and requirements set forth by LSS Directors and staff for design and construction of facilities;
  • Reviewing requests for space, giving consideration to the organization's mission, project expansion or contraction of
    operations, DHS space standards, and other related factors. Designing efficient facility layouts that meet mission requirements and maximizes use of space;
  • Conducting inspections and audits of facilities for conformance with occupancy standards. Utilizing special software tools, such as Computer-Aided Design, and evaluates and analyzes design and construction proposals;
  • Collaborating and coordinating with Office of Facilities and Asset Management and Facilities Management & Engineering (OFAM/FM&E), LSS HQ Facilities PM, General Services Administration, lessors and other internal and external customers in design and construction of new or upgraded facilities and facility repairs. Appling facilities management principles to resolve key problems of planned space projects; and
  • Facilitating and supporting the LSS Facilities PM with conducting special studies of a highly sensitive nature to solve specific problems in areas of space utilization, allocation, distribution, and modification. Providing support on facilities life-cycle aspects. Developing and maintains budgetary data for facility management costs and for planning recurring and nonrecurring expenditures.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation
  • CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
  • As an employee of CBP, you will be joining a workforce that is dedicated to accomplishing our mission while maintaining the trust of our Nation by strictly adhering to all government ethics standards. Your conduct will be subject to the ethics rules applicable to all Executive Branch employees, and to CBP employees specifically, as well as the criminal conflict of interest statutes. Once you enter on duty, these rules include obtaining approval for outside employment or business activity, to ensure such employment or business activity is not prohibited and does not interfere or conflict with performance of your official duties. Please review further details via the following link.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected and receive a final job offer, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with CBP. If your appointment/onboarding is after November 22, 2021; CBP will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of CBP a legally required exception from this requirement.


Qualifications

Experience: You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:
  • Preparing laboratory designs including floor plan options and design of faraday with shielded enclosure;
  • Analyzing and evaluating personnel and equipment space needs and effective space utilization;
  • Developing budgets for maintaining existing laboratory facilities and repairs and alterations for existing laboratory facilities (mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems); and
  • Coordinating with architects, engineers and contractors to ensure the design and final product matches the program of requirements.
NOTE: Your resume must explicitly indicate how you meet this requirement, otherwise you will be found ineligible. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional resume requirements.

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.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 10/25/2021.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link .

Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency waiver by meeting one or more of the following conditions:
  • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
  • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
  • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
  • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government
Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Education

Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Additional information

Bargaining Unit: This position is covered under the bargaining unit.

Telework may be available on a regular recurring or situational basis.

DHS 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.

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The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10 point preference eligibles and veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference .

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:
If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. View information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF), and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPF's and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
    • Extensive knowledge and mastery of theories, principles, and techniques of facilities design and construction, and floor plan layouts. Expert knowledge in the design and development of scientific laboratories or hospitals that are greater than 17,000 square feet. Knowledge of project management and scheduling activities needed to monitor and report on the status of facilities projects. Expertise in developing and writing technical PORs for security level IV federal law enforcement facilities, determining space requirements, furniture selection, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing requirements, and design solutions
    • Expert knowledge of a wide range of policies and procedures governing the related activities that impact space programming and planning, such as space assignment and utilization, operational planning, and leasing. Broad knowledge of principle of building construction to assess and plan solutions to user needs
    • Expert knowledge of applicable laws, legal procedures, and policies involved in the management of facilities. Experience translating basic facilities related legislation and policy into program goals, and the development or upgrading of LSS facilities
    • Extensive administrative knowledge and skill in the administrative designing, inspecting, and overseeing the construction or renovation of facilities, whether in private or public buildings, to ensure that functional requirements and standards are met
    • Knowledge and skill to coordinate with experts on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems sufficient to ensure that these infrastructure systems have been adequately incorporated into the design solutions and can be operated and maintained efficiently. Experience in managing preventive maintenance of laboratories to include fume hoods, exhaust systems, air compressors, vacuum pumps, and other MEP systems such as HVAC roof top units
    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11253664

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    • Your resume : A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, complete work history including a detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), your hours worked per week, job title, as well as series, grade, and salary (if applicable). For additional required items, see the link above. *Note- It is recommended that you upload your resume as a PDF instead of a Word document to ensure document quality.
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11253664
    • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a copy of your most recent performance rating; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
    • Are you a veteran? To apply veterans' preference you must submit proof of eligibility as appropriate for your preference type:
      • Five Point Preference: DD 214 listing the character of service and either qualifying medal(s) or service period.
      • Ten Point Preference: DD 214 showing character of service and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference). Submitting an SF-15 with your application is encouraged. Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later, OR supporting documentation as listed in the SF-15.
      • If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected character of service, and anticipated date of separation. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 upon separation from the military.
      • View more veterans' information .
    • Are you a current or former federal employee? If yes, it is recommended that you submit a copy of your SF-50(s) (Notification of Personnel Action) to support your experience. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within-grade increases and accessions.
    • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
      • Position title
      • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
      • Agency
      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment

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