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Job Title:  Architect
Department:  Department Of State
Agency:  Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  OBO/PSC-2013-0043

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
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Full-Time, Non-Status Position for 1 year, - renewable for 4 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

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." 


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, 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 free and secure world as we formulate and implement US foreign policy. Choose from many career possibilities! 

This position is located in the Bureau of Overseas buildings Operations (OBO), Program Development, Coordination, and Support Directorate (PDCS), Office of Design and engineering (DE, Architectural Design Division (AD).  DE 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 project architect, responsible for planning and coordinating architectural requirements pertaining to the site selection, programming, design, construction, acquisition, repair, and maintenance of United States Government (USG) –owned and operated building in foreign countries that house and accommodate personnel and programs of the Foreign Service and other USG agencies.


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


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As an Architect assigned to the Architectural Design Division of OBO/PDCS/DE, the incumbent performs a wide range of professional architectural design functions that support construction, repair, and renovation projects at diplomatic posts overseas.  In furtherance of these responsibilities, the contractor performs tasks and assignments that typically include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Participates in the evaluation and selection of new embassy sites, leading team efforts as assigned; works in partnership with appointed real estate specialist in reviewing sites for conformance to facility requirements.
  • Participates with senior architects in the evaluation, selection, and negotiation of architect contracts; acts as advisor to commissioned architects and as technical coordinator of projects with the Department and posts.
  • Coordinates with other offices regarding structural, mechanical, and electrical requirements of projects and with interior design and furnishing groups regarding space planning, finish and color schedules, furniture.
  • Develops guidelines and presentation formats for architectural firms being considered for specific construction projects.


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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 architectural 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-12 level in the Federal service.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

***Experience in architectural design functions as it relates to support of construction, repair and renovation of buildings. 

***Experience in review and consultation regarding evaluation, selection, and negotiation of architect contracts.  

***Experience in developing and presenting technical and nontechnical aspects of construction projects. 

***Experience working with various real estate agents on multiple projects that include site selection, review and consideration. 

Applicants applying as Architect must show that they possess a professional knowledge of architectural as evidenced by one of the following: Basic Requirements:  

A. Degree with architecture coursework – To be acceptable, the degree must be in architecture; or in a related field that included 60 semester hours of coursework 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. (Please submit transcripts with your application.)


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 architect, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural sciences. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by 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 immediately above. (Please submit transcripts with your application.)
  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. (Please submit transcripts and a detailed description of your architecture experience with your application.)

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. 



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. Knowledge of Federal, Departmental, Bureau contracting processes, procedures, guidelines to assist in the contractor selection process, manage contract work at post, and serve as COR or COTR.
  2. Ability to develop design, architectural, interior design, and related engineering criteria or instructions for specific facilities. 
  3. Skilled with both oral and written communications in order to confer with and advise employees, contractors, and officials.
  4. Skilled with engineering disciplines, including civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical.
  5. Knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices of professional architecture, combined with design development techniques and related construction techniques and criteria.

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 you being eliminated 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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The Overseas Building Operations has a program that allows personal service contract 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 of up-to-50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5% of a GS-15/Step10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy of 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. Former Military Service and Federal employees Annual Leave Accrual Rates: Personal services contract 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 form and/of SF-50 for consideration for higher annual leave accrual rates.


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, and membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

When assigned overseas the Contractor may be entitled to additional compensation.


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

To apply for this position, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State application system when you apply on-line.

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

To begin the online process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience and education (if applicable) that addresses the KSAs/competencies listed above under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or upload your own; whichever option you choose, your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510)

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, that is applicable to you, listed in the required documents section of this announcement to our automated 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 OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Please contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 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. Eastern Standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

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


All required documents listed below must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."

1. Resume - your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.  Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) and highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education as it relates to this job opportunity to include the starting and ending dates (month/year) when this experience and education (if applicable) was obtained.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit

2. 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 with your application. If selected, an official college transcript will be required to verify education prior to employment.

3. 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, panel recommendations, etc.) with your application by the closing date of this announcement.

SUBMIT ONLY the requested/required documents that are applicable to you.  Failure to submit any of the required documents or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, will disqualify you from being considered for this position.  The documents must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.


Adrion R. Whitaker
Phone: 703-812-2458
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
SA-6 Room L200
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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