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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Civil/Structural Engineer

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:OBO/PSC-2013-0038

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 to Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time NON-Permanent, Temporary NON-Status Position. - 1 year renewable for 4 years.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
22209View 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."





JOB SUMMARY:

THIS IS A NON-STATUS, NON-PERMANENT POSITION.  YOU DO NOT ACQUIRE A COMPETITIVE OR EXCEPTED SERVICE STATUS FROM THIS POSITION.

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!

The position is located in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Program Development, Coordination, and Support Directorate (PDCS), Office of Design and engineering (DE), Civil/Structural Engineering Division (CSE).  The DE Staff serves as OBO’s code officials and provides design, research, and technical assistance Bureau-wide for all Department of State (DOS) facilities overseas. 

The incumbent serves as a senior Civil Engineer, responsible for providing expert advice and assistance worldwide regarding site selection, design, drawings, and specifications for civil and structural engineering aspects of overseas facilities for which OBO is responsible (including embassies, consulates, senior officers’ residences, staff quarters, and special use structures) whether owned, leased, or under construction through OBO projects.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Overseas travel maybe required.

DUTIES:

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As a senior Civil Engineer assigned to OBO/PDCS/DE/CSE, the incumbent provides a wide range of professional engineering services and technical consultation to OBO management, other professionals, and contractors engaged to carry out OBO projects.

The duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Works closely with assigned design manager in OBO on the complete design of a specific engineering construction project, to ensure timely and correct technical information is available to top management in OBO.
  • Reviews and revises drawings, calculations, and specifications related to civil, geotechnical, and structural work, including design proposals suggested by tenant agencies as well as other federal agencies whose requirements impact DOS facilities. 
  • Provides a wide variety of expert professional civil/structural engineering advice and assistance, such as: (a) initiation and review of topographic surveys and soil boring investigations at new building sites, as well as for special existing site situations; (b) initiation and direction of capital programs for site development.
  • Provides input, analysis, advice and recommendations to CSE Code Officials for the design and construction of government facilities, and assists in adjudicating discrepancies in the interpretation of the Code.


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 qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least 1 full year of specialized professional engineering experience that has equipped them 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-13 level in the Federal service.  Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

***Experience in development, design, and review of capital and non-capital projects related to renovation of buildings.

***Experience in review and consultation regarding civil and structural engineering aspects of buildings to be purchased or leased to ensure compliance with criteria.  

***Experience in representing on technical civil/structural engineering matters on interagency committees relating to activities and policies associated with civil and structural engineering design.

 

 

 

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.


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Applicants applying as General Engineers must show that they possess a professional knowledge of general engineer as evidenced by one of the following:

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) 
statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering 
science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by ONE of the following:

  1. Professional registration --Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.  Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence 
    provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering 
    positions.
  2. Written Test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination AND have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, OR (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-05. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.
    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
  3. Specified academic courses--successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
  4. Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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:

1. Mastery of the theories, principles, practices, and methodologies of civil and structural engineering, including applicable engineering codes and consumer statutes and regulations,  sufficient to apply new developments and theories to critical and novel problems not readily resolved through accepted conventional methods; to extend and modify approaches, precedents, and methods to solve a variety of professional engineering problems with unprecedented aspects; to make decisions that significantly affect the content, interpretation, or development of major policies or programs concerning critical and highly varied design and construction projects; and to render expert level advice and assistance to OBO and Department management officials, fellow professionals within and outside of government, and contract personnel at all organizational levels. 

2. Knowledge of the principles and practices of related engineering fields, such as mechanical and electrical engineering, sufficient to effectively consult, interface, and partner with fellow professionals engaged in related aspects of assigned projects. 

3. Ability to interpret plans and specifications for a variety of large and complex building projects, and to investigate extensive changes in design specifications, construction and materials proposed by contractors or others to accommodate conditions at construction sites and to expedite construction.

4. Ability to understand engineering principles and practices in foreign countries, to ensure that OBO projects are designed and built to OBO standards without conflict with the host country; including knowledge of local building specifications and building codes.

5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on highly complex, controversial and time-sensitive matters, to highly diverse audiences at all levels of expertise and authority, both within and outside of government.


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.  This may result in eliminating you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity.  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 Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has a program that allows for Personal Service Contract (PSC) employees to be reimbursed for their health premium costs that they incur during the period of performance. The program pays up-to-5% of the employee's base salary or up-to-50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5% of the GS-15/step 10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy or a family policy. To be eligible for the PSC Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible. Employees who are covered under another federal health insurance coverage are not eligible for reimbursement. Former Military Service and Federal employees Annual Leave Accrual rates: PSC employees entering on duty with prior military service and/or federal civilian service can credit their years of service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 and/or SF-50 for consideration for higher annual leave rates. Annual leave is provided for vacations and other personal use. The number of hours earned will depend on your work schedule and the length of time you work for the government. Full time permanent employees earn up to 13 days of sick leave annually. Part time employees earn leave on a pro rata basis. Time may be used for medical appointments, personal illness or injury and caring for sick family members.



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. 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 by the closing date. 





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:

Adrion Whitaker
Phone: 703-812-2458
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: whitakera@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
SA-6 Room L200
Arlington, VA
22209
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/PSC-2013-0038

Control Number:

339131800