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Job Title:  Supervisory Landscape Architect (Project Delivery)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Office of the Secretary
Job Announcement Number:  MP-13-948718-OF

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, September 06, 2013 to Monday, September 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 948718


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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Subject to serve One (1) year probationary period
  • Travel required approximately 15% of the time.
  • Permanent Change of Station Expenses authorized.
  • Financial disclosure required


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The Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all major construction projects greater than $10 million. In addition, CFM acquires real property for use by VA elements through the purchase of land and buildings, as well as long-term lease acquisitions. Through the construction and real property programs, CFM delivers to Veterans, high quality buildings, additions, large scale renovations, and structural enhancements. CFM also manages facility sustainability, seismic corrections, physical security, and historic preservation of VA's facilities. 

As the Supervisory Landscape Architect you will:   

•Supervise a team of Project Managers that oversee the planning, design, and construction of new and expanded national cemeteries.

• Supervise the preparation, review, and execution of site designs, grading plans, urban designs, landscape plans, irrigation designs, environmental assessments and public design presentations.

• Ensure designs result in cost-effective healthful, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing physical environments.

• Provide full support for integrated project delivery (IPD) to improve efficiency, and streamline construction projects.

• Coordinate data from preliminary surveys and site investigations.

• Resolve controversial and conflicting engineering and architectural issues involving landscape architecture, building and construction activities, design standards and criteria, and related agency requirements.

• Represent the agency on interagency task forces, symposiums, and national engineering councils and conferences explaining the agency's views and objectives.



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Specialized Experience:

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must have at least one year of relevant specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience performing construction/architectural project management functions sufficient to oversee, analyze, and evaluate construction phase activities and design practices. 

Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: guiding and directing the coordination of construction/architectural project plans; implementing construction and design principles and practices; conducting integrated project delivery functions. 


Basic Education Requirements for Landscape Architect: Degree: Landscape architecture or landscape design. Note: Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in an accredited college or university must be obtained.


Combination of Education and Experience -- for each year short of graduation, the applicant 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.

Experience Equivalent to a Degree in Landscape Architecture: A degree in landscape architecture indicates that an applicant has the basic background to perform professional landscape architectural work at the beginning levels, and has the potential to develop the skills and abilities required at the higher levels. Experience may be substituted for education to the extent that it provided the equivalent back-ground. However, because an education provides some knowledge that cannot be measured in terms of course content, but rather is part of general knowledge and cultural background gained as a result of interrelationships among courses, careful judgment must be used in evaluating experience substituted for education as provided for in paragraph B of the basic requirements.

Applicants who apply on the basis of experience in lieu of education are required to show how their background is equivalent to a degree. In order to qualify at the entrance level, non-degree applicants typically must have experience or study that included site planning; layout of circulation patterns; grading and drainage plans; planting plans; collaboration with architects and/or engineers; and the supervision or review of landscape construction.

Evaluation of Experience: The following kinds of experience are not acceptable as professional landscape architectural experience: routine drafting or developing of plans where original investigations or designs are not involved; laying out or executing illustrations in black-and-white or in color; nursery work involving the propagation of trees, shrubs, vines, etc.; experimental, horticultural, or landscape gardening; breeding, testing, propagation, culture, and production of plants, flowers, trees, crops, etc.; forestry work involving the management of forest resources for the continuous production of timber, water, forage, and other forest values; architectural and engineering work limited to the design of structures; work in city and community planning that relates primarily to the broad social and economic growth of cities and communities and the organization of community services and facilities.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

This position requires the submission of an academic transcript to verify possession of the specialized/positive education requirement. Failure to fulfill the submission of this required document will result in your application being considered incomplete. Education degree program(s) must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. 

All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement 


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

• Experience overseeing architectural/engineering project management and construction management activities, sufficient to guide, direct and quality assure the coordination of project plans
• Experience analyzing, identifying and implementing construction and design project management principles and practices sufficient to interpret and ensure compliance with laws and regulations
• Experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams sufficient to manage geographically and functionally dispersed projects 
• Experience conducting integrated project delivery (IPD) functions sufficient to improve efficiency and streamline construction projects
• Experience leading subordinates and monitoring performance measures

Be sure that your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions. Your responses to the questions must be substantiated by your resume and/or supporting documentation. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings will be changed and you may be removed from employment consideration.



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

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.


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Special Hiring Authorities: please follow the link, to find more information about special Hiring Athorities such as Schedule A: the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more, for more information, please follow the link:; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit VA encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact VA Central Office’s Disability Placement Coordinator, Vernetta Fields, at (202) 461-7838 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected (202) 461-7838.








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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 16, 2013.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.
Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your 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 cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete this cover page using the following 948718. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience qualification requirement and competencies so that we can determine your qualifications for this position. Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.

SF-50 (NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION) All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (or similar form) which indicates position, title, series, grade and competitive status.

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to VA. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.

TRANSCRIPTS This position requires the submission of an academic transcript to verify possession of the specialized/positive education requirement. Failure to fulfill the submission of this required document will result in your application being considered incomplete. Education degree program(s) must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: If you are applying under the VEOA and you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, 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. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: . If you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit, which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received. Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at OPM's website:

ICTAP AND/OR CTAP CANDIDATES: To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply to and be found well-qualified for the position. A well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is one who satisfies all medical, physical, education, and/or experience factors for the vacant position; is rated at Well Qualified or better against the Rating Schedule for the position; has a current performance rating of at least "fully successful" or its equivalent; and can satisfactorily perform all of the duties of the position within a reasonable orientation period, e.g., 30 days. CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit documents showing eligibility for selection priority (e.g., RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or other proof of eligibility for priority selection); an SF-50 showing the current (or former) position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; and the most current performance appraisal including the performance rating.

For additional information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit OPM's

- Schedule A special hiring authority covers applicants with mental and physical disabilities. In order to be considered under this special hiring authority applicants need to provide proof of disability and job readiness certification. The proof of disability and job readiness certification can be provided by the following: 1) a statement or letter on a physician's/medical professional's letterhead; 2) statement, record or letter from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits; 3) statement, record or letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor; or 4) certification from a private Vocational Rehabilitation or other Counselor that issues or provides disability benefits. More information regarding this special hiring authority can be found at



Owilda Fields
Phone: (202)461-5548
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


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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