In order to qualify, you must meet both the education and experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. To qualify for the basic education requirement, a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) must be provided with your application (unless otherwise stated). Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
1. Bachelor's degree (or higher) in community planning or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, civil engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, and urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.
: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.
2. A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning; plus, appropriate experience or additional education.
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To be considered minimally qualified for this position, in addition to the basic education requirement
, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experiencefor the respective grade level(s) to which you are applying:
Applicants must have at least one year of specialized work experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service, whether in public or private sector performing such duties as conducting planning research, data collection and integration, and urban design, land-use, zoning, and site analysis; providing draft recommendations on plan and project proposals; reviewing and analyzing plans and projects; assisting with preparing and delivering reports, presentations, and other graphic or multi-media information products to federal, state, local, regional, and/or public representatives by applying established urban design and planning principles, standards, and policies and using various planning and design technologies; integrating the use of technical planning and design tools such as Sketchup, InDesign, geospatial information systems (GIS) and/or 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) for plan and project development, review, and analysis; assisting with public engagement activities; and assisting in collaborations with interagency and interdisciplinary teams on planning issues.
Successful completion of at least a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university in a related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of this position. (NOTE
: You must include transcripts.)
Combination of Education & Experience:
An equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate level education described above. Only education in excess of two years (36 semester hours or equivalent) is creditable toward meeting the experience requirement when combining experience and education. To determine whether you qualify under this combination: First, divide your total months of qualifying specialized experience by 12; then, divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18; and, lastly, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (NOTE
: You must include transcripts to verify your eligibility.)
Applicants must have at least one year of specialized work experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, whether in public or private sector performing such duties as managing aspects of various projects and programs; coordinating with other offices, including federal, state, local, and regional representatives, as well as the general public; independently conducting complex research and land-use, zoning, and site analysis; providing recommendations to complex urban planning and design issues; preparing and presenting written reports and recommendations on plan and project proposals in graphic form to various audiences through the application of established urban design and planning principles, standards, and policies; reviewing, analyzing, and preparing plans and projects with the use of various technical planning and design tools, such as Sketchup, InDesign, GIS and/or 2D and 3D CAD; preparing and conducting public engagement activities; and collaborating with and managing interagency and interdisciplinary teams.
For current or former Federal employees applying under the Merit Promotion authority: In addition to the above qualifications
, status applicants must have served at least one (1) year at the next lower grade level in the Federal service (for example, if applying for GS-12, applicants must have completed at least one year of Federal service at the GS-11 level). These applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements, including the time-in-grade restriction
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience including volunteer work. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience.