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    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

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    Responsibilities

    Major duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Direct a complex program of historical architecture preservation activities.
    • Prepare plans, specifications and cost estimates for construction, preservation and rehabilitation projects for historical buildings, site development and other projects.
    • Supervise design consultants on preservation and other projects and independently develops designs using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and AutoCAD software, when required.
    • Carry out program management duties by developing work plans, schedules, scopes of work, justifications and funding proposals, most often for historic structures. 
    • Conduct on-site investigations of project sites to determine the feasibility of proposed projects, including development of design alternatives and subsequent analysis to ensure the project is consistent with NPS policies, guidelines, and standards and environment and cultural compliance laws and regulations.
    • Develop and maintains liaison and effective working relations with related agencies and the public in order to encourage preservation of local resources.
    • Designated Contracting Officer's Authorized Representative ensuring contractual requirements, including technical adequacy, design and construction excellence and that project budgets and schedules are met.

    AREA INFORMATION: This position is duty stationed at Boston National Historical Park, a unique partnership park that encompasses eight historic sites of national significance associated with the colonial struggle for independence and American ideals of self-determination and civil freedom. The park works collaboratively with federal, municipal and private partners to preserve, protect, and interpret the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Charlestown Navy Yard (including USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young), Bunker Hill Monument and Dorchester Heights. The park also operates three visitor centers. For additional information, please visit www.nps.gov/bost.

    Boston, the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is home to more than 600,000 residents. The city encompasses twenty-one diverse neighborhoods and includes exceptional medical facilities, vibrant neighborhood business districts, and a solid network of parks, community centers, and libraries. Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, a commuting region that includes the six Massachusetts counties of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth, and Worcester; all of Rhode Island; and parts of New Hampshire. The City of Boston offers a variety of amenities such as schools, hospitals, restaurants and theaters, museums and shopping facilities. Temperatures range from 90 degrees or more in the summer and from zero to below in winter. Public transportation is available throughout the City of Boston.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
    • Subject to a one (1) year probationary period.

    Requirements
    1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
    2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
    3. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid state issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid state issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a state sealed envelope or submitted directly by the state authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all states that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state drivers license. 

    Qualifications

    All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.

    QUALIFICATIONS
    : To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

    Basic Education Requirement: (A) Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems. -OR- 

    (B) Possess a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and 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) A degree in architectural engineering or (2) One 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 acquisition of thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

    Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as: applying a wide range of theories, principles, and concepts relevant to new construction and historical preservation projects. 

    Examples of this experience include: applying professional architecture skills and interdisciplinary professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of historic architecture, architectural conservation, building preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation, and reconstruction procedures and methodologies planning and managing historic preservation projects; Preparing or assisting with the preparation of engineering/architectural investigation reports on historic properties; Overseeing contractor work on a historic architecture-related project; and, Preparing engineering and architectural design plans and specifications.

    Education

    EDUCATION
    To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking or other equivalent documentation. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE 

    Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

    You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.

    Additional information

    1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    2. Relocation benefits may be authorized in accordance with current Federal travel regulations and will be determined upon receipt of additional information provided to the Permanent Change of Station Help Desk by your new park or office.

    4. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

    5. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your application package, including the online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents.
    All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:

    • Architectural Planning – Maintenance, Historical Structures, Principles & Practices, Development & Preservation, Data Collection & Analysis, Decision Support;
    • Oral & Written Communication;
    • Leveraging Diversity;
    • Interpersonal Skills;
    • Judgment & Decision-Making;
    • Construction Oversight;
    • Organizing & Prioritizing Work.

    If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

    You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

    Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
    Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 
    Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
    Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position or those meeting education only including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

    Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order:   (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.

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    Required Documents

    Resume -- You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment)
    Transcripts -- If qualifications are based on education.
    Qualifications -- Example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
    Veterans' Preference Documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veterans' preference. Additional veterans information is found at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.
    Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
    Miscellaneous
    -- Any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed.
    CTAP/ICTAP -- The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 93.0 or higher. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 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 or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8837(h) or 8456. For additional information go to www.opm.gov/ctap.
    NOTE
    : If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the VIN (seven digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.

    DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Some of the most popular benefits include:

    Flexible Spending Accounts

    Health Insurance

    Leave

    Life Insurance

    Long Term Care Insurance

    Retirement Program

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to receive consideration.
    * To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    * Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    * To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    * To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1593671.
    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    Agency contact information

    Michael O'Malley

    Phone

    (617)223-5300

    Fax

    (617)223-5022

    Email

    MICHAEL_O'MALLEY@NPS.GOV

    Address

    NER North SHRO
    15 State Street
    Boston, MA
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    Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement.  Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. For more information about the National Park Service, click Boston National Historical Park website.

    This announcement has been amended to extend the Closing Date to 4/19/2016.

    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/429482000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.