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Job Title:ARCHITECT, GS-0808-12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:12-1951-WE-GR-D

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$70,225.00 to $91,291.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0808-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position.
- This is a permanent appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HIView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.  

For definitions of terms found in this announcement click here

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 12-1951-WE-GR-M.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  

NOTE:  YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.  

This position is located in Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC), Shore Maintenance Command (SMC), Civil Engineering Unit Honolulu, HI

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • This position requires travel.

DUTIES:

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This position is in the Design Team of the Civil engineering Unit (CEU) Honolulu, HI. The incumbent is the senior architect in a multi-disciplinary team responsible for designs, layout, and construction of new and/or extension, conversion or modernization of existing facilities. Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Perform office and field duties of architectural/engineering review, inhouse and or monitoring and managing contracted design on large & complex constructions projects on sites with diverse climatic, geographic, and environmental conditions. 
  • Apply the latest design and construction techniques to modern or historic buildings for offices, industry, berthing, dining, lighthouses, medical, warehouses, exchanges, hangers, and other multi-mission Coast Guard facilities.
  • Serve as Project Manager. Providing technical coordination between CEU and other Coast Guard components, other Federal, State and City agencies. Coordinates the efforts of the design team to meet the objectives and target dates of the project, preliminary bids, keeps to schedule and corrects or makes necessary adjustments to reflect changes and anticipate problem areas.
  • Prepares contract documents, make field investigations, prepares reports of findings and make periodic progress inspections and final acceptance inspection of construction.
  • Develops plans and designs by applying technical knowledge in matters of health, public safety, good traffic circulation, economical construction, minimum maintenance, geographical area, seismic zone, weather conditions, use of local building materials and other requirements.
  • Performs professional review, assessment and guidance by analyzing design development documents (such as SSMR's), resolving complex design problems and preparing appropriate documents for project development.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet the following Basic Requirement for this position: A degree 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.

OR

A combination of education and experience, 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: 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 above. 

The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations.

An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had 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.

Candidates registered to practice architecture by one of the State registration boards, using standards in compliance with the basic minimum provisions recommended by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, are recognized as meeting the full requirements for eligibility at GS-11.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants for the GS-12 must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal service in project management expertise to include managing complex, multi-discipline, multi-faceted projects related to real property facilities. This includes planning, design, renovation, and construction of such structures as office buildings, aviation facilities, warehouses, housing, community support facilities; planning, coordinating, or monitoring projects requiring strict environmental compliance, waterfront projects, and mission sensitive requirement; conducting studies pertaining to the development of special planning, design, renovation, and construction of site improvements, utility systems, building structures, wharfs and docks; making presentations on the status of several projects; analytical and problem-solving skills addressing complex technical and engineering problems, and the ability to bring them to resolution.


This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.  The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are: 

  • Knowledge of architectural concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the full range of duties concerned with the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of buildings, structures and facilities. 
  • Knowledge of current construction and material costs and be able to accurately and reliably translate those costs into project cost estimates.
  • Knowledge of effective writing principles and techniques.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1.    Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2.    Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3.    Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.


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BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized. 

 

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration.

Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations. First Post of Duty Allowances will not be authorized for new appointees who will receive a recruitment bonus or a superior qualifications appointment. 


Employees may be entitled to 12.25% COLA.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6304.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Resume
    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to on-line self-assessment
    Supporting documents, if requested

High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.  

Applicants who are claiming 5-point tentative preference are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application.  Claims for 5-point tentative preference will only be granted based upon documentation provided or if the claim is substantiated in your application.  If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents for veterans preference at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility.

Applicants who are claiming 10-point veterans preference are required to submit proof of eligibility.  Refer to "Required Documents" section of vacancy announcement.  

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

30% Disabled Veterans must submit an SF-15, DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

Other 10 point Veterans Preference Eligibles must submit a DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service), and an  SF-15 along with the documentation specified on the reverse side of the form.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

For more information about veterans preference click here.

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating.  Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.


All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents.  A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents.  The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  The mailing address is:

COMMANDANT (CG-1211W)

US COAST GUARD

ATTN: CIV HUMAN RESOURCES OPS DIV

4200 WILSON BLVD STE 800 STOP 7130

ARLINGTON, VA 20598-7130.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson Blvd Ste 800
CG-1211W, 8th Floor
Attn: CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES OPERATIONS DIV
ARLINGTON, VA
20598
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking.  The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.   

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Job Announcement Number:

12-1951-WE-GR-D

Control Number:

327629800