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Job Title:Supv General Engineer/Architect/Landscape Architect

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Office of the Secretary

Job Announcement Number:MP-13-913345-PN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$98,680.00 to $128,282.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 15, 2013 to Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801/0807/0808-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary Promotion NTE 2 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 913345

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

“As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov//

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Time in Grade Requirement
  • Percentage of Travel Required: 20%
  • Subject to Mobility Agreement
  • Transcripts required

DUTIES:

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This is a Temporary Promotion opportunity to serve as a Senior Resident Engineer(SRE) responsible for the management of major on-site construction of VA facilities within the Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM), Office of Operations. Supervise and manage a staff of varying disciplines particularly in the areas of mechanical, electrical, civil/structural engineering and plumbing, in the design and administration of construction projects for highly specialized medical facilities, nursing homes, energy centers, cemeteries, and administrative facilities.  The individual will serve as the VA Official Contracting Officer Representative possessing a Warrant and Federal Acquisition Contracting Certification (FAC-C).

 

This project will develop approximately 9,000 columbarium niches in two separate areas which will provide for approximately fifteen additional years of burial capacity.  The existing Administration and Maintenance building will be demolished and replaced in new locations due to the age of the structures and the need to provide appropriate space for new Columbaria.  In addition, the project will provide Memorial Walls; improvement of Phase 1 Columbarium caps; electronic message board; replacement of existing signage and site furnishing throughout the cemetery; utilities, irrigation, and supporting infrastructure; access roads; energy (LEED) improvement; environmental and historic preservation mitigation as needed; and road improvements.  New building will incorporate enhanced information technology and physical security requirements.

 

Major Duties:

Supervise and manage a staff comprised of a matrix of contract engineers and architectural specialties responsible for review of construction documents and contract specifications for compliance with VA criteria, standards, and Federal and local building codes.  Participates in technical reviews of construction document drawings and on-site conditions. Monitor various ongoing construction activities and schedules for conformance with phasing contract provisions, and contract specifications. 

 

Coordinate and oversee various civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and architectural aspects of major construction activities.  Conduct reviews of contractor's cost breakdown and review submittals on contractor's proposed equipment and materials.  Reviews change orders and supplemental agreements for contract compliance.  Coordinates estimates for corrected work or changes.  Maintains accurate and complete job files including as-built drawings and specifications.  Reviews cost breakdown on contractor's payroll and cost loading of CFM schedules. 

 

Reviews schedules for work to be completed and delivery of building materials and construction equipment.  Assures compliance with Davis Bacon Act provisions reviewing and certifying prime and subcontractor payrolls.  Meets with Memorial Services Network (MSN) Director, Medical Center/NCA/VBA Director, Cemetery Director to keep them fully apprised of what to expect on a daily basis.  Ensures the safety of the construction area at all times and oversees daily safety inspections. 

 

Identifies potential problems in submissions and coordinates comments from other professionals in a formal response to Architectural/Engineering (A/E) firms.  Interprets drawings and specifications for the contractor.  Administers and oversees on-site coordination of work between prime, subcontractors, and utility companies.  Oversees all changes in project funding, scheduling, and scope. 

 

Manages, supervises and authorizes payment for services performed under VA-retained testing laboratory contract.  Monitor customer satisfaction through informal and formal means to include meeting with the Director regarding construction progress. 


Position Description Title/PD#:  35901A

 

This position is a Temporary Promotion Not To NTE 2 years; and may be extended up to a maximum of 5 years.

 

NOTE:

  • A temporary promotion is the temporary assignment of an employee to a higher graded position for a specified period of time, with the employee returning to his/her permanent position upon the expiration of the temporary action.

 

  • The maximum time period for a temporary promotion is 5 years.  A temporary promotion that was originally made under competitive procedures can be extended up to 5 years without further competition.

 

  • A temporary promotion MAY BE made Permanent without further competition provided the temporary promotion was originally made under competitive procedures and the fact that it might lead to a permanent promotion was made known to all potential candidates.   

 
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are
authorized for this position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to  http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 

Time-in-grade:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.  (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION).

 

Selective Placement Factor: Must possess a Warrant and Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C).  (MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF CERTIFICATION)

NOTE:  This is a specific qualification that is absolutely required because a person cannot perform successfully in the position without such qualifications.  It also becomes part of the minimum qualification requirement for the position.  Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

 

Specialized Experience required for all Series:

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service.  Examples of specialized experience include:  supervising and managing major on-site construction of hospital or medical facilities; serving as the contracting officer related to major renovations, modernizations, or new construction for highly specialized medical facilities, nursing homes, energy centers, cemeteries, and administrative facilities; and/or providing professional engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture advice and assistance on Federal Acquisition/Contract regulations related to hospital and/or medical construction services. 

There is no educational substitution for the GS-14 level.

 

Basic Education Requirements - TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED:

To qualify as a General Engineer (801), you must have:

Degree in 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 electronic.

OR 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:

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.

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 above.

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.)

To qualify as an Architect (808), you must have:

Degree in 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.

OR 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 Related Curriculum: such as a degree in architectural engineering or Experience: 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, 5 years of such experience is required.  This experience must have demonstrated that you have acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

To qualify as a Landscape Architect (807), you must have:

Degree in landscape architecture or landscape design.

OR Combination of education and experience: for each year short of graduation, you must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education.  This experience must have included original landscape design.
 

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.


• Ability to manage and supervise multiple ongoing construction activities for large-scale hospital and medical related construction, specializing in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, low voltage and automatic transport systems.


• Ability to supervise and lead a team of diverse engineering related staff members and evaluating their performance/prioritizing the workload to meet program goals and objectives.


• Knowledge of Federal acquisitions and contract administration for hospital and medical related construction services.


• Ability to communicate orally to persuade others with differing viewpoints or financial interests.

 
• Ability to utilize a variety of software programs to monitor and report on construction related activities.

 
• Ability to communicate in writing.

 

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

 

Physical Requirements: Extensive walking, climbing ladders and crawling through tight spaces to inspect completed work. Exposure to outside weather conditions, dust, and high noise levels is typical throughout the construction period.

 

Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.


Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application 
checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: 

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.


VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave :  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

"Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

 

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50

 

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 913345.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. 
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 30, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.
View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Patricia Nelson
Phone: (202)461-0521
Email: PATRICIA.NELSON6@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20420
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. 


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Job Announcement Number:

MP-13-913345-PN

Control Number:

346428500