Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
IT, IT Architect
Full Time

A description of the business units can be found at:

Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:
Facilities Management and Security Services, A&E Field Design Support

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Formulates space management policies, procedures, standards, and systems for facilities operations and evaluates their effectiveness. Provides architectural expertise as the Senior Architect of the IRS that includes provisions for environmental quality, buildings and facilities space criteria, site planning criteria, architectural criteria, historical preservation, structural criteria, electrical and mechanical criteria, plumbing and pavement criteria, fire protection and protective construction criteria, cost review, reporting procedures, provisions for handicapped access, and other functional criterion.
  • Serves as liaison with federal authorities and private architectural/engineering firms to establish and maintain a highly reliable level of performance within statutory and regulatory conditions.
  • In the absence of the manager, the employee acts on his/her behalf with full authority delegated to the position.
  • Develops and implements the IRS's design and construction standards and policies. Collaborates with experts from other government agencies and the private sector to enhance the application of new and updated industry practices to specific IRS facility requirements. Evaluates and incorporates the latest developments in the design and construction of office and public buildings into IRS policy requirements and program objectives for design and construction activities.
  • Attends meetings of interagency committees, and presents IRS views and requirements on architectural designs, specifications, estimates, and related matters for site and building investigations and space development.


Conditions of Employment


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  • If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.


Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

You must possess a Bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university 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.
COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: 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 as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in the paragraph above.
Experience: One (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 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.

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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-14 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
Experience related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Qualifying experience is demonstrating accomplishment of construction and renovation projects requiring a comprehensive knowledge of architectural, project management principles, and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments in which you have analyzed alternative approaches in the process of advising management about the planning and monitoring of construction and/or renovation projects. This includes all phases from planning, developing scopes of work, budgets, estimates, schedules, selecting and monitoring of contractors, and completion of the projects.
Responsibilities include managing projects, contract oversight, directing, coordinating, reviewing, and providing expert Architectural advice. Project assignments should have required a wide range of knowledge of the overall identification, planning, acquisition, design, and installation of all architectural features. Including provisions for environmental quality, buildings and facilities space criteria, site planning criteria, architectural criteria, historical preservation, structural criteria, electrical and mechanical criteria, plumbing and pavement criteria, fire protection and protective construction criteria, cost review, reporting procedures, provisions for handicapped access, and other functional criterion.
The IRS has many Taxpayer Assistance Center's (TAC's) currently being upgraded. The program to make these changes, organize, track progress, and report status will be one of the main responsibilities of this position. It will not be limited to this and will change with time as higher priority programs arise.


MEET TIME IN GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT: For positions above the GS-05, applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year (52 weeks) at the next lower grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the grade you are applying for.


TIME AFTER COMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT: By the closing date (or if this is an open continuous announcement, by the cut-off date) specified in this job announcement, current civilian employees must have completed at least 90 days of federal civilian service since their latest non-temporary appointment from a competitive referral certificate, known as time after competitive appointment . For this requirement, a competitive appointment is one where you applied to and were appointed from an announcement open to "All US Citizens".

For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards .


For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time, but you must provide an SF-50 documenting you held this job series. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
  • Note: If substituting Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) for experience at the GS-7 level, please note that grade-point averages are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. The Qualifications requirements above will reflect if SAA is accepted for this position and the online questionnaire will offer the option to select SAA as a qualifying response.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
  • The salary range indicated in this announcement reflects the minimum locality pay up to maximum locality pay for all duty locations listed. The range will be adjusted for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages .
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday- Friday, 8am- 4:30pm, Dayshift
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
One (1) vacancy total is to be filled in the Facilities Management and Security Services (FMSS) division, A&E Field Design Support

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