Education Requirements for All Grades:
1. Degree: history; or related field (such as historic preservation) that included at least 18 semester hours in history.
2. Combination of education and experiencecourses equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Evaluation of Graduate Education: Graduate study in the social sciences or humanities may also be credited when such study included training in historical research methodology; or the thesis approached the subject from an historical viewpoint and used professional historical research methodology and techniques in its preparation.
1. Degree: architecture; or related field (such as historic preservation) 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.
2. 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.
In addition to the Educational requirements applicants must meet the following:
Specialized Experience Requirement for GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. This experience is defined as carrying out historical documentation or research studies involving themes of art, architecture, landscape design, historic preservation, city planning, or another closely related topic. This experience must have included preparing recommendations as to the historic significance of the sites involved.
Instead of specialized experience applicants may substitute directly related education that included 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
A combination of education and specialized experience.
Specialized Experience Requirement for the GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. This experience is defined as carrying out long-range documentation or historical research studies which required the compilation of material from multiple specialized fields, including art, architecture, landscape design, historic preservation, and/or city planning. Qualifying experience at this level must have included: conducting a full study of the overall history of a multi-mission organization; planning and carrying out a series of definitive studies of historic sites, representing a broad range of historic events and time periods in the political, military, economic, and cultural developments for a geographic area; and/or reviewing construction or remodeling proposals for compatibility with the historical architecture of the area.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPMs website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an INELIGIBLE rating.
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. http://www.sss.gov.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position. Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.
There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:
1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement
Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans preference rules for category rating will be applied.
Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (View Assessment Questions) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Architectural Knowledge- Knowledge of architectural principles and documentation, history, theories, practices and application as well as structural design and preservation planning in order to evaluate architectural design, interpret the building arts, and apply historic preservation standards, and evaluate overlapping agency jurisdictions.
- Design Knowledge- Knowledge of the practice of and recent developments in urban design, city planning, and landscape design in general, with respect to master plans, parks, memorials, gardens, infrastructure, building envelopes, street furniture, materials, security elements, and lighting.
- Presentation Skills- Ability to persuasively present information and deliver specific points of view on behalf of the Agency, Chairman, and Secretary.
- Documentation Skills- Skill in the documentation of buildings or landscapes by drawing, use of photography, or historic research.