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Job Title:Architect

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Job Announcement Number:13-EOUSA-762206-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Friday, October 05, 2012 to Friday, October 19, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


All U.S. Citizens and Nationals.


If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

Are you an architect looking for an exciting and challenging career? Do you have experience resolving complex design and construction problems; developing complete working drawings, including floor plans, interior and exterior elevations, sections, and scale/full size details of structure? If you answered yes, the Facilities and Support Services Staff (FASS) is seeking a candidate with your expertise.

The ideal candidate has professional experience advising on the design and construction of new and renovated spaces such as office buildings, warehouses, historic buildings, and court/custom facilities. In addition, the candidate is highly motivated, organized, able to work independently or within a team setting, and is able to effectively communicate with teams, executive management and stakeholders. The ability to work in a dynamic, spontaneous, fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and strict deadlines is critical.


This position is located in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), Facilities and Support Services Staff (FASS). FASS provides direct support and oversight to all United States Attorney Offices (USAOs) in the broad functional areas of: (1) Real Property Management - space acquisition or release, relocation, design, construction, renovation, alteration and repair of buildings, and management of the space inventory rent payments and budget projects; and (2) Support Services - personal property, vehicles, forms management, audio visual, printing, mail metering coordination, and automated litigative support.

The United States Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #17 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2011 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See

The office is ideally situated among three Metro stations, one block from the Verizon Center, a short walk to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, and is surrounded by numerous restaurants and shops. In addition, we offer creative work solutions in which we provide compressed work schedules and flexible work schedules, along with transit subsidy.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

This position is also being announced to applicants eligible to apply through Merit Staffing procedures under 13-761648-MS.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Position has an education requirement; unofficial transcripts are required.
  • All supporting documents are due by the closing date.


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As an Architect, you will work with a team responsible for facility design, construction of new buildings, and alteration projects in existing facilities such as office buildings, warehouses, historic buildings, and court and custom facilities for USAOs in your assigned geographical area.

Some of your major duties and responsibilities will include: 

· Coordinating designs, review and budgetary approval of conceptual, intermediate and final designs.

· Coordinating construction projects on the behalf of the United States Attorney's Offices (USAOs).

· Developing from space directives and client requirements, graphic analysis charts, diagrammatic sketches, tentative sketches, definitive, schematic outlines, or other architectural design project criteria.

· Review and evaluate designs developed according to standards for construction.

· Providing the appropriate design direction to agency managers and officials, client agencies, and contract firms, or construction contractors.


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In order to qualify for this position, you must meet both the basic education requirement and the minimum qualifications.



A. Possess at least a bachelor's degree with a major in architecture; OR

B. Possess a degree in a 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

C. Possess a combination of 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 applicant's background must also include ONE of the following:

1. Related Curriculum: 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 in paragraph A. 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; OR

2. Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had one (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, five (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. 


GS-11: In addition to meeting ONE of the basic education requirements above to qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess and demonstrate in their resumes that they have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: developing architectural floor plans, section elevations, and two-dimensional (2D) line drawings, using AutoCAD; developing designs for the construction of new buildings or repair/alteration projects such as office buildings, warehouses, historic buildings, and court and custom facilities; developing general cost figures for a project from tentative plans and functional requirements; OR

Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree to qualify for this position or an LL.M., if related; OR

A combination of education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

Registration: 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.  IF QUALIFYING BASED ON YOUR REGISTRATION, YOU MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF YOUR REGISTRATION WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.

GS-12: In addition to meeting ONE of the basic education requirements above to qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must possess and demonstrate in their resumes that they have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: developing designs for the construction of new buildings or repair/alteration projects such as office buildings, warehouses, historic buildings, and court and custom facilities; writing and/or editing specifications for the construction of buildings; analyzing and coordinating requested design or construction changes of any size or cost after award of contract.

At the GS-12 grade level, education may not be substituted for the specialized experience requirement for this position.

*NOTE*Nonqualifying Experience: The following kinds of experience are not acceptable as professional architectural experience: professional landscape architecture work consisting mainly of the layout, design, construction, or maintenance of land areas and landscape features, including ground and water forms, vegetation, roads, walks, incidental structures, and other landscape features; experience in the application of artistic embellishment to practical design such as the decoration of interiors, including the construction, layout, and selection of furniture and furnishings that do not alter the basic architectural design of the interior; city and community planning work that relates to the broad social and economic growth and development of such community services and facilities as industry, commerce, transportation, streets, utilities, and parks.

This position has a mandatory education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:

Architecture: Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and practices used in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of buildings or other structures, taking into consideration aesthetic and functional concerns.

Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the appropriate tools to construct objects, structures, and buildings.

Design: Knowledge of developing, producing, understanding, and using plans, blueprints, models, and maps, including the use of tools and instruments to produce precision technical drawings.

Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentation; listens to others attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling, communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.


The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions.


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Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.  

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) - The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) - The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

Veterans' Preference- If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application and submit the appropriate documentation, as specified below.

•In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
•In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
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

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: 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.

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.


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You must apply online. Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status.

The complete Application Package to include all Required Documents listed below must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, October 19, 2012.

To begin the online process, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apply Online button at the upper right hand corner of this screento create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
  2. You may upload or fax your supporting documents. If you upload your documents, DO NOT FAX THE SAME DOCUMENTS. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, ver.pdf and use the following Vacancy ID, 762206. Fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
  2. Print the Occupational Questionnaire using the link here so that you can read the questions offline.View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX, in order to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. You may obtain the form by using this URL link, You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
  4. Be sure to double check your application before submission. Fax the completed 1203-FX, resume, and supporting documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.


You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online)
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (cover letter optional).
  • Required: An unofficial college transcript.(Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript will be required prior to your first day.)
  • Required, if applicable:  Copy of your State Board Registration in Architecture.
  • Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details.)
  • Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)


Phone: (202)252-5522
Agency Information:
Recruitments within EOUSA
US Department of Justice
Executive Office for US Att Personnel St
600 E Street NW Suite 8400 BICN
Washington, DC


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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