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    The Commission reviews designs proposed for memorials, coins, medals, and new or renovated government buildings, as well as privately owned properties in certain areas of Washington under the Shipstead-Luce and Old Georgetown Acts.

    Through its unique work as the only federal commission dedicated to design review and aesthetic excellence, the Commission of Fine Arts serves the American people, international visitors, and those who live and work in the nation’s capital, contributing to the beauty and dignity of this international symbol of American democracy.

    This position is located in the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), an independent Federal Agency that advises the President, Committees of Congress, Federal agencies, and the District of Columbia Government on matters of art, architecture, landscape architecture, sculpture, painting, etc. relating to the capital city of Washington, D.C.

    The incumbent of this position serves as the CFA Historic Preservation Specialist and reports to the Assistant Secretary of the Commission. In this capacity, the incumbent conducts research, develops policy, and analyzes proposed designs, and provides guidance to staff, members of the Commission, representatives of federal agencies and the public on efforts to avoid and minimize adverse effects to historic properties in the nation’s capital.

    This position is located within the Commission of Fine Arts, in Washington DC.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Salary Information:
    GS-13: $96,970 to $126,062 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    This vacancy is also announced as CFA-18-KS-002(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

    The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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    Major Duties: (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position.)

    At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Advises the Commission on architectural and historical importance of buildings, monuments, fountains, etc. in Washington and environs, and particularly in the Old Georgetown Historic District.
    2. Develops technical solutions to historic preservation compliance issues that come before the Commission.
    3. Prepares written reports and makes oral presentations before the Commission and the Old Georgetown Board that may lead to recommendations and/or policy decisions by the Commission and the Old Georgetown Board regarding historic preservation matters.
    4. Conducts research using documents and material that are germane to the mission and function of the Commission of Fine Arts and the Old Georgetown Board.
    5. Develops historical data for publication or presentation to the Commission on any subject or design proposal for which the Commission or Board may be reviewing.
    6. Evaluates records to establish their validity, utility and importance as source material for using in historical studies, publications and presentations. Prepares indexes, reference guides, or similar publications for scholarly or public use.
    7. Prepares architectural and social research for publication and/or presentation, including documentation of professional and social fabric of Washington through original and secondary sources. Reports the Commission’s decisions, articulates agency policies and explains technical aspects of programs to those affected including members of the general public and representatives of other federal agencies. Presents and explains technical information in such a way as to make it clear without sacrificing thoroughness and accuracy. Makes sure that the materials presented are consistent with agency policy and with other information presented by the agency, meet the style requirements of the agency and the publication, and are written at an appropriate level for the intended audience.
    8. Examines submission materials for proposals involving historic resources within contexts that may be historic, monumental, or otherwise specialized. Coordinates with the D.C. Government on issues of historic preservation review policies and procedures, and participates as agency representative on regulatory historic preservation consultation matters.
    9. Coordinates and participates in ensuring the professional documentation of historic buildings, monuments, sites, etc., for Commission publication, records, and for in the review of proposals involving historic resources at public meetings. Provides professional assistance to Commission architects in the assessment or documentation of buildings for documentary purposes or case-related review.
    10. Represents the Commission, as requested by the Secretary and Assistant Secretary, at interagency, civic, and professional meetings, seminars, or task forces concerned with historic aspects of the city, Commission policy, potential review, or continued interest. At these meetings, incumbent may give lectures, participate in panel discussions, and talk with students. Represents the Commission with approved statements or professional expertise as needed.
    11. Assists in research involving historic preservation topics involving the Commission of Fine Arts for other agencies or the public.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local Travel as Required.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.


    Minimum Qualification Requirements: To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.

    GS-13 Specialized Experience Statements:

    To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    Specialized experience is defined as extensive demonstrated experience: 1) providing professional assistance, advice, and policy guidance on historic preservation matters and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, including the review of projects involving historic properties; 2) evaluating architectural designs, building arts, historical ornamentation, and materials to recent developments in architecture and city planning in general, and in particular, as these have applied to Washington, DC; 3) applying theories and new developments to preservation and conservation problems.

    It is preferred that applicants have held a position that required a proficiency in historic preservation and a knowledge of architecture and/or architectural history.

    The experience may have been gained in the public, private sector, or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:


    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    1. Technical Knowledge: Expert technical knowledge of architectural and historic preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation in order to provide consultation, guidance, and policy recommendations.
    2. Analytical: Ability to evaluate historical data and records in determining the architectural and historical importance of buildings, monuments, fountains, etc.
    3. Oral Communication skills in order to make presentations and service as a representative of the organization.
    4. Written Communication skills in order to prepare reports, recommendations, findings, and develop policy.
    5. Pressure and Deadlines: Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines with sometimes conflicting priorities and no specific guidelines to follow. Most assignments involve new aspects for which no clearly applicable precedents exist or guidelines are too broad for specific application.
    If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

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    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.(2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15.

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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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    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.

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    How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

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    Commission of Fine Arts
    401 F Street NW
    Suite 312
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001
    United States
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    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.

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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.
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