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Job Title:Architect

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Department of Defense Education Activity

Job Announcement Number:DODEA-HQ-13-817228-B

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 04, 2013 to Monday, January 14, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Alexandria, VA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Department of Defense (DoD)

Architect GS-808-13


The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) currently has an opening for a Architect to work in the DoDEA Logistics Division/Facilities Branch located in Alexandria, VA.  DoDEA is a DoD Field Activity responsible for the oversight of two distinct educational systems, the Defense Dependents' Education System, known as the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools (DoDDS), which is DoDEA's overseas school system, and the DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), which is DoDEA's domestic school system.  DoDEA employs more than 13,500 individuals responsible for the education of more than 88,000 students in schools located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico; DoDEA's mission is to provide a quality education from pre- kindergarten through grade twelve for the eligible minor family members of DoD military and civilian personnel on official assignments.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Position is open to All U.S. Citizens and Merit (Federal Status)
  • This position requires a Secret Clearance
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.


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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  This announcement is open to the following: Public  (All Qualified U.S. Citizen), Merit Promotion Eligibles: Current Permanent Competitive Civilian Federal Employees; Reinstatement Eligibles; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible within the Local Commuting Area); and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more (DVAAP), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Eligible Veterans (VRA), and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: or

PLEASE NOTE:  Applicants who currently hold federal Excepted appointments must apply for this position through the Delegated Examining Unit-DEU, which is open to all U.S. Citizens

•Responsible for developing policy guidance, planning, programming, budgeting funds and performing oversight functions in support of the DoDEA facilities program.
•Develops or reviews for adequacy detailed contract specifications, task statements, quality assurance criteria and related specifications that are pertinent to design, construction and life-cycle operation of school facilities supporting a 21st century, student-centered education.
•Works with Educational representative and staffs to discuss and comprehend how education requirements affect school design/architecture.
•Coordinates design requirements and innovation with education to illustrate how design features support various curriculums and educational objectives.
•Through architecture illustration of space can depict how a functional area is adequate for the desired functional use.


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In accordance with the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule (GS) Positions under the General Coverage for Professional and Scientific Positions, the following is being provided to you. This position requires 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level.  You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.  Specifically you will be evaluated on the following experience, please address this experience within your resume: In a fast changing environment and using broad guidance can demonstrate the knowledge and ability over a vast range of facilities planning and management areas.  Possesses imagination and ingenuity to perform independent research, learn new technology, utilize decision making techniques in weighing alternatives, make decisions, and provide advice or guidance as required.  Requires knowledge of military construction (MILCON) requirements, facility standards and utilization criteria, facility maintenance and repair procedures, real property planning, geographical information systems, automated systems supporting facility planning, and in depth knowledge and expertise in energy conservation and sustainability.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Knowledge of facility planning, acquisition, and management as they pertain to facilities supporting 21st century education.
2. Knowledge of Department of Defense Organizational Structure.
3. Experience in the military construction (MILCON) project acquisition cycle.
4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to upper level management and senior officials.

Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.


Individual Occupational Requirements

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.
B.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:
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. 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.
2.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.

Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

Education must be from an accredited college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education.  See


PCS: Not Authorized


OVERTIME: Occasionally

TDY TRAVEL: Occasionally

TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible



SECURITY REQUIREMENTS:  Non-Critical sensitive - Secret



Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

College transcripts are required.

This position requires a Secret Clearance


How you will be evaluated under Delegated Examining (Public):

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. 

Based on the responses to the occupational questionnaire, eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:
1) Best Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position;
2) Highly Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position;
3) Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.


How you will be evaluated under Merit:Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.
To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. This is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully

Time-in-Grade Requirements: You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.  *Applicants must be qualified and eligible within 30  days from the closing  date of the  job opportunity announcement. Active duty military members are not eligible for appointment unless currently on terminal leave.


Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position. 





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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Completed Resume – (Required)
- Completed Questionnaire  – (Required)
- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the required documents section to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit.

To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Occupational Questionnaire

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 14, 2013 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, do not fax the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait at least one hour. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete this cover page using the following 817228 and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  If you are unable to apply online please follow The directions located at:

NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


      • •Résumé
        •Veterans Preference Documentation (You are required to submit DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). (If applicable a completed SF-15, Claim for 10-Point Veteran Preference, AND a letter from the Department of Veteran's Affairs certifying an OVERALL SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY of 30% or more. The OVERALL rating must be identified on your certification letter).
        Miscellaneous (ICTAP, SF-50 and Military Spouse documentation, if applicable)
      • Assessment Questionnaire

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below. Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written form you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically through the document upload process, fax, or mail. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone, and at least the last four digits of your social security number.


NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


Please note: You must submit your supplemental documents regardless as to whether you have applied to an announcement in the past or not.  We will not use supplemental documentation from another announcement; therefore, you must resubmit each time you apply.


Veterans: For veteran eligibility please refer to the following link.

*Applicants must be qualified and eligible by the closing date of a job opportunity announcement. Active duty military members are not eligible for appointment unless currently on terminal leave.

Current Permanent or Former Permanent Federal Employee:You are required to submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your current Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series/Occupational Code, and Grade/Pay Band. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a permanent Federal position You are required to submit a copy of the most recent SF-50, which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your tenure in Block #24 of the SF-50 will be 1 if you attained career status OR Block #24 will be 2 if you were a career-conditional employee..

Applicant with Disability(ies): You are required to submit proof of disability in the form of written certification from a licensed medical professional, OR a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, OR any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

Military Spouse Preference: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and a copy of your Military sponsor's PCS orders. See for additional information.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.

ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate; your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.

Interchange Agreement: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (or equivalent) providing information pertinent to your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying.

Overseas Family Member Appointment: You are required to submit a copy of your sponsor's PCS orders.

Former Overseas Family Members Eligible for Career-Conditional Appointment under E.O.12721: You are required to submit a copy of your SF-50(s) and sponsors PCS orders.


REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued December 10, 2008 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available on:


Applicant Help DoDEA
Phone: (614)692-3775
TDD: 800-654-5984
Agency Information:
Department Of Defense Education Activity DoDEA
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

To view a copy of the Assessment Questionnaire click View Occupational Questionnaire.


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