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Job Title:  Supv General Engineer/Architect/Landscape Architect
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics
Hiring Organization:  CFM
Job Announcement Number:  CFM-2014-2462-1132343-TJ

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$97,657.00 to $150,291.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Monday, June 16, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Long Beach, CA View Map
Palo Alto, CA View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
San Francisco, CA View Map
Aurora, CO View Map
More Locations  (3)
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Public Trust - Background Investigation



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1132343

Duty locations for this job opportunity announcement are as follows:

Aurora, CO (Denver)

Long Beach, CA

Manhattan, NY

Palo Alto, CA

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Scottsmoor, FL

Tampa, FL

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 selectee will 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).

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.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 25% Annually


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) may be authorized for all duty locations. Relocation incentives may be granted for the following duty locations only at the following percentages: Colorado (10%), California (25%), and New York (25%).


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Unofficial Transcripts required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Time in Grade Requirement
  • Relocation incentive may be authorized for most duty locations.
  • Subject to Mobility Agreement
  • Financial Disclosure Requirement
  • Supervisory Probationary Period required


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·        Manages a staff comprised of a matrix of engineers and architectural specialties responsible for review of construction documents and contract specifications for compliance with VA criteria and standard, as well as all federal and local buildings codes.

·        Monitors various ongoing construction activities and schedules for conformance with phasing contract provisions, and contract specifications.

·        Conducts review of contractor’s cost breakdown and reviews submittals on contractor’s proposed equipment and materials.

·        Interacts closely with the Project Manager and Critical Path Method staff to make up lost time due to unanticipated events (weather, delays in material shipments, unanticipated site problems).

·        Works closely with local and state authorities, utility company representative and VA headquarters staff.

·        Identifies potential problems in submissions and coordinates comments from other professional in a formal response to Architectural/ Engineering (A/E) firms.

·        Administers and oversees on-site coordination of work between prime, subcontractors, and utility companies.

·        Manages, supervises and authorizes payment for service performed under contract.

Work Schedule: To be determined
Position Description Title/PD#:


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the requirements listed below by the closing date of this announcement.


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)

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 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 construction of hospital or medical facilities, cemeteries, and other support structures; serving as the administrative contracting officer to review  construction performance and documentation for contract compliance; 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 education substitution for experience.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Basic Requirements must be met - UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED when applying to this position. Official transcripts will be required if appointed:

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 competencies based on your application for this position.

·         Oversee construction management and contract administration for on-site construction activities associated with large-scale, complex projects with integrated engineering disciplines.

·         Knowledge of federal acquisition regulations related to contracts for construction services.

·         Leadership Skills

·         Communication Skills

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.

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: 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:  The position requires extensive walking, climbing, and crawling at times to inspect ongoing or completed work.  Exposure to outside weather conditions, dust, and high noise levels is typically 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



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.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is 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.


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 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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.


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View 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 Monday, June 16, 2014 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 Submit My Answers to submit your application package.  

NOTE:  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,, 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.


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

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Please use this checklist to ensure 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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1132343.

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


Tamara James
Phone: (202)461-7958
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. 

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

Additional Duty Location Info

1 vacancy in the following locations:
Long Beach, CA View Map
Palo Alto, CA View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
San Francisco, CA View Map
Aurora, CO View Map
Scottsmoor, FL View Map
Tampa, FL View Map
New York, NY View Map

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