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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Architect

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:OBO-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 05, 2012 to Monday, November 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0808-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens


"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."


"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

JOB SUMMARY:

The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide.

Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

This position is located in the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO), Planning and Real Estate Directorate (PRE), Office of Master Planning and Evaluations (MPE), Master Planning Division, (MPD). 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by
    regulation.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret
    security clearance.
  • Domestic and Overseas travel may be required.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this position duties include but are not limited to:

--Providing basic architectural/master planning advice and assistance to senior planners during the planning phase of Master Planning Studies, Site Acquisition Planning, Special Planning Studies, and development of OBO’s long-range plans.

--Providing technical assistance, including project-related support, technical analyses and problem solving suggestions, to senior planners and others on potential issues caused by the world-wide variety of conditions found in OBO project activities, and their impact on decisions concerning renovation or construction of new facilities, retention or sale of properties, or other significant decisions, by assisting the senior planner and contractors regarding functional, operational, and special use space requirements, security considerations and communication needs.  Making recommendations to senior planners in these areas; gathering and analyzing a comprehensive listing of all on-going projects or planned projects at a facility and assessing space utilization required to conform to current Department standards; evaluating adjacencies to determine the efficiency of current tenant locations; and using data from conditions surveys to develop conceptual solutions for space and building deficiencies.

--Drafting Statements of Work for Architectural/Engineering (A/E) contract task orders and supports senior planners with various “due diligence” closeout activities on completed master plans; and researching strategies to (1) review and assess building user needs for the future based on recently constructed facilities and (2) apply this knowledge to other facilities slated for replacement or upgrade.

--Utilizing Computer Aid Design/Drafting (CADD), project management software, spreadsheet, PowerPoint and other related computer support to assist senior planners; and Keeping current on the latest professional trends, techniques and practices in architecture/planning through continuing education, attending professional conferences, consulting with senior level architects, engineers and planners in OBO and throughout the industry, and keeping current with technical research developments.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.IN ADDITION to meeting ONE of the basic
entry qualifications requirements listed above,
the applicant MUST also meet one of the
requirements listed below:
Have at least 1 full year of specialized
engineering experience that has equipped the
applicant with the particular knowledge, skills,
and abilities to successfully perform the duties
of the position.  This experience must be
related to the work of the position and
equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the
Federal service.  Qualifying experience must
demonstrate the following:--Experience in conducting facility planning studies for project analysis--Experience in the application of principles, concepts and practices of architecture and planningORHave a bachelor's degree in engineering
technology AND completed 1 full year of graduate
level education in a related field at an accredited college or university which
demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.ORHave completed a 4-year course of study
leading to a bachelor's degree (as described
above) in an accredited college or university
AND have a grade-point average of 'B' (3.0 or
higher on a 4.0 scale) in a professional
engineering curriculum for all completed
undergraduate courses or those completed in the
last two years of undergraduate study.OR

Have completed a 4-year course of study
leading to a bachelor's degree (as described
above) in an accredited college or university
AND have a grade-point average of 'B+' (3.5 or
higher on a 4.0 scale) in a professional
engineering curriculum for all courses in my
major field of study, or those courses in my
major completed in the last two years of my
undergraduate study.ORHave completed a 4-year course of study
leading to a bachelor's degree (as described
above) in an accredited college or university
AND ranked in the upper one-third of my class in
the college, university, or major
subdivision.ORHave completed a 4-year course of study
leading to a bachelor's degree (as described
above) in an accredited college or university
and a member of a national honor society (other
than freshman honor societies) recognized by the
Association of College Honor Societies.OR

Have completed all the requirements of a
Federal baccalaureate level student-trainee
program, including 1040 hours of work
experience, of which 320 hours of which was at
the GS-05 level.ORHave successful completed a 5-year program of
study of at least 160 semester hours leading to
a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Note:  All applicants MUST submit
transcripts as verification of educational
requirement, EIT documentation and/or copy of
professional registration by the closing date of
this announcement.  If you fail to provide
requested information, or the information you
submit is insufficient to verify your
eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for
this position.IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic
entry qualifications requirements listed above,
the applicant MUST also meet one of the
requirements listed below:

Have at least 1 full year of specialized
architectural experience that has equipped the
applicant with the particular knowledge, skills,
and abilities to successfully perform the duties
of the position.  This experience is related to
the work of the position and equivalent to at
least the GS-07 level in the Federal service.  
Qualifying specialized experience must
demonstrate the following:--
Experience in conducting facility planning studies for project analysis--Experience in the application of principles, concepts and practices of architecture and planning--Experience assessing complex issues and developing solutions for projectsORHave 2 full years of progressively higher-
level graduate education leading to master's
degree or master's OR equivalent graduate degree
from an accredited college or university.  This
education demonstrates the knowledge, skills,
and abilities to do the work of the position to
be filled.ORHave a combination of graduate level
education and specialized architectural
experience as described above, which is
equivalent to the work of the position and to
the GS-07 level in the Federal service.  This
education and experience must meet 100% of the
qualification requirements for this position.

Note:  All applicants MUST submit
transcripts as verification of educational
requirement by the closing date of this
announcement.  If you fail to provide requested
information, or the information you submit is
insufficient to verify your eligibility, you
WILL lose consideration for this
position.


 Applicants applying as Architects must show that they possess a professional knowledge of architecture as evidenced by one of
the following:
Basic Requirements:A. Degree: 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. ORB. 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:
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. 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.

  1. Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l 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.Non-qualifying 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.Note:  All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures.  Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.  

Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.

Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

--Knowledge of the development and use of models, simulations, statistics, and cost benefit and other analysis.

--Basic skills in using CADD and geospatial information systems as they relate to facility planning.

--Working knowledge of project management software and other software including database, spreadsheet, presentation and desktop publishing programs.

--Knowledge of Bureau and Departmental program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key programs events and milestones

--Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships at various levels within OBO.

--Interpersonal skills sufficient to enable the incumbent to present staffing recommendations and assist in negotiating solutions to disputed recommendations.

 

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.


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BENEFITS:

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The Department of State provides an array of benefits, financial incentives, and family friendly programs to its employees (e.g., health, life and long-term care insurance, counseling, employee consultation and referral services, retirement benefits, leave programs, child care centers, Student Loan Repayment Program, flexible work hours,Transit Subsidy Program, paid federal holidays, etc.).  For additional information on DOS benefits click here.



OTHER INFORMATION:

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. Veterans Preference - If claiming veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume.

For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.

For 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit a SF-15 and any documentation required by this form to support your claim.  If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.  For further information regarding Veterans, click here.

To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

5. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

ICTAP ConsiderationsCTAP Considerations

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR/CSP Customer Svc Ctr
Phone: 202-261-8235
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: CSPapps@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
2401 E Street NW
SA-1 Suite 615
Washington, DC, DC
20520
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
 
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

OBO-2013-0001

Control Number:

330652400