This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Architect

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Office of the Secretary

Job Announcement Number:MP-14-1140186-CB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,924.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 12, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0808-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy ID: 1140186

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.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

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 for information on how to apply under these appointment authorities.

Who May Apply: You may apply if you are a current or former career/career conditional Federal employee with competitive status, VEOA eligible, or are eligible for a non-competitive hiring authority (i.e. 30% or more Compensable Veterans, Schedule A, reinstatement eligible, interchange agreements, etc.).

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • 25% required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Guaranteed Home Buyout is NOT authorized

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Background investigation may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

DUTIES:

Back to top

The incumbent serves as a Senior Architect within the Consulting Support Office, Service Delivery Officer, Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM), Office of the Secretary, which has responsibility for providing consulting services on structural design and safety requirements for VA facilities nationwide. The Consulting Support Office supports all organizational components nationwide and serves as the Department's technical authority and consultant in the resolution of unusual problems and difficulties with the design aspects of VA facilities and provides expertise to CFM members and field engineering offices on the application of advance Architectural methodologies.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

Time-In-Grade Requirement:  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.  The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service.  For this vacancy announcement, applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level to be eligible for the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks at the GS-13 grade level to be eligible for the GS-14 grade level.  An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. No Award SF-50 will be accepted.

Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Basic Requirements

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must meet both the basic requirements and minimum qualifications for the desired grade(s).

Education: Bachelors or higher 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. MUST submit supporting academic transcripts. Failure to do so will result in a rating of ineligible.

-OR-

Combination: 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 the paragraph above. 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. MUST submit supporting academic transcripts. Failure to do so will result in a rating of ineligible.
  2. Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had 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 the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

-AND-

Minimum Qualifications

GS-13: One full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience in the Federal or private sector, with duties and responsibilities equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, performing the following duties: troubleshooting and resolving problems during various design states throughout construction; evaluating existing facilities against accepted methods, designs, standards, and specifications; and identifying problems related to hospital design with an impact on medical care services.

GS-14: One full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience in the Federal or private sector, with duties and responsibilities equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service, performing the following duties: conducting studies to troubleshoot and resolve problems during various design states throughout construction; evaluating existing facilities against accepted methods, designs, standards, and specifications; and resolving problems related to hospital design with an impact on medical care services.

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

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Research/Evaluation
  • Facility Assessments
  • Safety Requirements

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is mostly sedentary with periodic travel required to coordinate work processes, conduct preliminary and on-site inspections, and to meet with state and local officials on proposed sites.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp

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).


APPLICANTS 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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements: (http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc)

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) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.   If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

After the vacancy announcement closes, those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position are referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


BENEFITS:

Back to top

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.  Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

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.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

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 Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  We are not responsible for incompatible software, illegible/incomplete fax transmissions, interruptions in internet service, etc.

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 (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx), 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 the 1203FX form to complete and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the Vacancy ID: 1140186. 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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. Résumé 
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Other documents - 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
CFM
810 Vermont Avenue
Washington, DC
20420

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.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

MP-14-1140186-CB

Control Number:

372255900