The General Services Administration is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within GSA, the Federal government and the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process for this position using the resume-based hiring method which will require you to submit the following in order to apply for this position.Learn more about this agency
1. An online resume (not to exceed 5 pages, including optional cover letter). Your resume must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) listed in this announcement but must not address the ECQ’s through separate narrative responses. Your resume should also corroborate your possession of the Mandatory Technical Competencies listed in this announcement, which you must address separately in a supplemental statement as described in #2 below.
2. A supplemental statement that separately addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTC's) listed in this announcement (not-to-exceed 1 page for each MTC). YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT THIS SUPPLEMENTAL STATEMENT.
For complete instructions on the content and format of your application package please see the "Required Documents" section below.
The Chief Architect is a senior leadership position within the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the U.S. General Services Administration. The mission of PBS is to provide effective, mobile, sustainable workplace solutions for Federal agencies at the best value for the American taxpayer. PBS's national real estate portfolio is comprised of 376 million square feet of workspace for over one million Federal employees in 2,100 American communities; this includes over 9,000 leased and owned buildings, courthouses, land ports of entry and warehouses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. As the real estate arm of the Federal Government, PBS is a major force for innovation in the design, construction and operation of owned and leased Federal buildings, facilities, and campuses. This position reports to the PBS Commissioner.
OFFICE AND LOCATION FOR THE VACANCY:
Public Buildings Service
Office of Design and Construction
The Chief Architect serves as senior executive and advisor to the GSA Administrator and PBS Commissioner on all matters concerning Federal architecture and design. The incumbent provides visionary, national leadership and high level technical policy direction for the agency regarding design quality and innovation, design excellence, and cost effectiveness in Federal design.
Further, the Chief Architect:
- Develops and oversees implementation of broad national design program objectives, and provides advice and consultant support regarding architecture and design issues to senior GSA officials, GSA regional management officials, executive branch agencies, and the Federal Judiciary.
- Is responsible for ensuring innovation, development, and leadership of critical design programs that will promote the integrity of public architecture, elevate and continually enhance its quality, meet the needs of Federal customers, and provide outstanding value to the American taxpayer.
- Reviews proposed architectural concepts for all major capital projects and works in conjunction with the Assistant Commissioner (AC) for Project Delivery, Office of Design and Construction to approve or recommend their approval to the PBS Commissioner.
- Assures that design program goals, objectives, policies, programs, activities, and initiatives are executed in coordination with the AC for Project Delivery and support successful delivery of the PBS capital design and construction program within congressionally funded project scope and budget parameters.
- Is responsible for activities and initiatives addressing architecture, design excellence, Art in Architecture, Fine Arts, and interior design, as well as cost effective, innovative design efforts and programs in such areas as workplace productivity, security, seismic design, energy efficiency, sustainable buildings, historic preservation, and urban planning.
- He or she is in essence GSA's face and voice to the public in the realm of public architecture and design, and serves as GSA's spokesperson on design issues, representing PBS and the agency to domestic and foreign inquiry. In this capacity, the Chief Architect coordinates design activities at the national level including coordination with senior management officials of national client agencies.
- Appraises the quality of GSA's nationwide design program through technical overview of operational design units and, as appropriate, consultation with design industry professionals.
- Is responsible for justifying, defending, influencing, negotiating and informing senior management officials within GSA, key officials from other government agencies, officials at the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), members of Congress and their staffs, industry leaders and representatives, the heads of professional industry and trade associations, lobbyists, news media, foreign governments, state and local governments, and the public, about policy, legislative, and programmatic considerations that significantly impact the nationwide design program.
- Develops and maintains partnerships and relationships, balance the sensitivities of stakeholders, and serve to coordinate often conflicting requirements when particularly controversial issues arise (i.e. with OMB, Congress, other agencies, private industry, state and local governments, and the public).
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…All Qualified Individuals.
NOTE: An architect license is required for this position. Please refer to the "Qualifications and "How to Apply" sections of this vacancy announcement.
You must apply online to be considered for this vacancy. Please review this announcement in its entirety for specific information on how to apply.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Resume-based hiring method.
- Resume must not exceed 5 pages, including optional cover letter.
- All application materials must be received by the closing date.
- Veterans preference is not applicable to the SES
- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Apply online (See 'How to Apply' section.)
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- This position is a critical-sensitive national security position and appointment requires that you undergo a single scope background investigation and that the GSA security office grant you a Top Secret national security clearance. Applicants do not need this level of clearance in order to apply. If you are not a GSA employee, the security office must grant the clearance before you are appointed to this position unless a pre-appointment waiver of this requirement is approved.
- If tentatively selected, you will be required to submit a Declaration for Federal Employment.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 will be required to complete a certification document confirming their selective service status.
- Persons selected for their initial appointment to an SES position must have their executive qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management before being appointed to the position.
- If selected, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously successfully completed a one-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service.
- Veteran's preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
- If selected, you must file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) upon appointment in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
- This position has been designated under Executive Order 12564 as being subject to random drug screening. If tentatively selected for this position, you may be required to submit to a urinalysis screen for illegal drugs prior to appointment. Appointment will be contingent upon your receiving a negative test result.
QualificationsAll applicants must meet the Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification requirements listed below to be eligible for consideration. Eligibility will be based on a clear demonstration that the applicant's training and experience are of the scope, quality and level of responsibility sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this executive position.
Your resume must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) listed below but must not address the ECQ’s through separate narrative responses.
You must submit a supplemental statement that separately addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTC’s) listed below. Your resume should also corroborate your possession of the MTC's. Your application will not be considered if you fail to submit this supplemental statement.
At the time of application, all applicants must be licensed to practice as an architect under the laws of a State or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory of the United States.
Please see the "Required Documents" section below for complete instructions on the content and format of your application package.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES (MTC's):
1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the application of advanced principles and practices of architecture; architectural design; interior planning and design; seismic design; security and design; energy efficient design; sustainable design; landscape design; and urban design to large, complex buildings, such as high-rise office buildings and other mixed-use structures. Knowledge of related fields such as fine arts, historic preservation, construction, and engineering.
2. Experience creating, executing and evaluating long-term business plans and budgets, and making sound financial and resource allocation decisions.
3. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with other programs and officials in providing the highest levels of customer focus and satisfaction; ability to build positive relationships with, and effectively present, defend, and persuade or negotiate major architecture and design program plans, strategies, and decisions to a broad range of executive level decision-makers, stakeholders and customers.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):
1. Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
For guidance on how to address the ECQ's in the context of your resume, please refer to page 29 of the "Guide to SES Qualifications" at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf.
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TELEWORK: GSA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and keep talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. Telework by Federal employees also reduces energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and traffic congestion. At the discretion of the supervisor this position may be designated as telework eligible.
NOTICE REGARDING SALARY: Current SES members whose salary equals or exceeds the maximum advertised salary for this vacancy ($170,400), will not lose pay if appointed to this position.
THIS POSITION IS DESIGNATED SES CAREER RESERVED.
How You Will Be Evaluated
An SES review panel will evaluate your resume based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview, other assessments and a reference check and may be required to provide a writing sample, work plan or other written product. If selected, you must be certified by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current career SES member, former career SES member with SES career reinstatement eligibility, or have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (SES CDP). You must receive QRB certification before you can be appointed to this position.
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Please review the following information to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application.
All applicants must submit a resume (not to exceed 5 pages, including optional cover letter) which demonstrates your experience, accomplishments, training, education and awards, indicating possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed in this announcement. But, your resume must not address the ECQs in separate narrative responses. Your resume should corroborate your possession of the Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTCs) listed in this announcement, which you must address separately in a supplemental statement as described below.
Information beyond the five page resume and the supplemental MTC statement will not be evaluated. Therefore, please do not submit letters of recommendation, award certificates, diplomas, college transcripts, training certificates (except certificates of completion from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program - SES CDP), or any other documents not specifically requested in the "Required Documents" section. Any awards, training, or education you wish to highlight should simply be listed in your resume.
In addition, please do not submit: (1) the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) in lieu of a resume, or (2) separate narrative responses to address the ECQs.
All applicants must submit a supplemental statement that separately addresses each of the MTCs listed in this announcement. Your supplemental statement must be restricted to no more than one page for each MTC. Information beyond one page for each MTC will not be evaluated. YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT THIS SUPPLEMENTAL STATEMENT.
All applicants must submit an architecture license of a State or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory of the United States indicating (a) that the applicant is currently a licensed architect, and (b) the date of most recent license renewal. *YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT PROOF OF THIS REQUIRED INFORMATION.
SES NON-COMPETITVE APPLICANTS: Proof of SES non-competitive eligibility is required. Proof consists of:
(1) an SF-50 showing your status as a:
(a) current Career SES appointee,
(b) former Career SES appointee with career SES reinstatement eligibility, or
(c) current or reinstatement eligible Career SES-equivalent executive who is/was employed in a Federal government agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) allowing for movement between the agency’s SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES. NOTE: This applies only to current or reinstatement eligible Career SES-equivalent executives of the Government Accountability Office, the Transportation Security Administration, or the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service.
(2) a certificate of completion from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (SES CDP). NOTE: This applies only if your ECQ's have been approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) through the SES CDP.
These documents may be used to determine your eligibility to be considered under this announcement. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application package as noted above. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE NON-COMPETITVE CONSIDERATION IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT PROOF OF NON-COMPETITVE ELIGIBILITY.
CURRENT CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEE APPLICANTS: You must submit an SF-50 that shows your current position, title, series, grade and rate of basic pay as well as Tenure Group. This document may be used to determine your eligibility to be considered under this announcement.
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
GSA is only accepting online applications for this position.
Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 pm (Eastern) on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Errors or omissions may result in your application package not being considered for this vacancy.
Note: The system has a navigation bar at the top of the each screen. Proceed through each step, providing any required information and documents until you reach the "Application Review" screen where you must select the "Submit Application" button at the bottom of the page. To make any changes or edits prior to the closing deadline of the announcement be sure to navigate back through the steps and select the "Submit" button on the "Application Review" screen. A more detailed description of the online process is provided below.
1. 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. Please note: Your resume (not-to-exceed 5 pages, including an optional cover letter), should show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications listed in this announcement. Your resume should also corroborate your possession of the Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTC’s) listed in this announcement, which you must address separately in a supplemental statement as described in the “Required Documents” section (below).
2. Once you have completed this step, select "Apply for this Position Now!"
3. Complete your personal information within GSAjobs. Once you’ve been redirected to GSA’s automated system, follow the prompts to create, review, or update your personal information.
4. Respond to all of the vacancy specific questions.
5. Submit any required documents. A "Vacancy Documents" page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system. Though other documents will be listed, the only documents that should be submitted via this page are your Mandatory Technical Competencies Statement, proof of SES non-competitive eligibility (if applicable), and proof of current Civil Service employment status (if applicable). Review the “Required Documents” section (below) for further information on the Mandatory Technical Competencies Statement, proof of SES non-competitive eligibility, and proof of current Civil Service employment status. You must choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): (a) Upload (from your computer), (b) USAJOBS, or (c) FAX. We strongly recommend you read the "Fax Instructions" provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.
6. Click the "Submit” button. Finally, you'll receive an 'Application Review' page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted. Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE “SUBMIT” BUTTON to complete and submit your application package.
7. Confirmation Page. Once you submit your application, you will be forwarded to the "Confirmation Page" where you can download all or part of your application, return to USAJOBS or to GSA's dashboard.
Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application package will be considered.
For Technical assistance with submitting your application package, contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET.
Applicants who fail to submit all required information will not receive further consideration for this position.
Agency contact information
General Services Administration
Human Resources Division (CPS)
Washington, DC 20405
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