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    The General Services Administration is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within GSA, the Federal government and the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process for this position using the resume-based hiring method which will require you to submit the following in order to apply for this position.

    1. An online resume (not to exceed 5 pages, including optional cover letter). Your resume must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) listed in this announcement but must not address the ECQ’s through separate narrative responses. Your resume should also corroborate your possession of the Mandatory Technical Competencies listed in this announcement, which you must address separately in a supplemental statement as described in #2 below.

    2. A supplemental statement that separately addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTC's) listed in this announcement (not-to-exceed 1 page for each MTC). YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT THIS SUPPLEMENTAL STATEMENT.

    For complete instructions on the content and format of your application package please see the "Required Documents" section below.

    The Chief Architect is a senior leadership position within the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the U.S. General Services Administration. The mission of PBS is to provide effective, mobile, sustainable workplace solutions for Federal agencies at the best value for the American taxpayer. PBS's national real estate portfolio is comprised of 376 million square feet of workspace for over one million Federal employees in 2,100 American communities; this includes over 9,000 leased and owned buildings, courthouses, land ports of entry and warehouses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. As the real estate arm of the Federal Government, PBS is a major force for innovation in the design, construction and operation of owned and leased Federal buildings, facilities, and campuses. This position reports to the PBS Commissioner.

    Public Buildings Service
    Office of Design and Construction
    Washington, DC

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    The Chief Architect serves as senior executive and advisor to the GSA Administrator and PBS Commissioner on all matters concerning Federal architecture and design. The incumbent provides visionary, national leadership and high level technical policy direction for the agency regarding design quality and innovation, design excellence, and cost effectiveness in Federal design.

    Further, the Chief Architect:

    • Develops and oversees implementation of broad national design program objectives, and provides advice and consultant support regarding architecture and design issues to senior GSA officials, GSA regional management officials, executive branch agencies, and the Federal Judiciary.
    • Is responsible for ensuring innovation, development, and leadership of critical design programs that will promote the integrity of public architecture, elevate and continually enhance its quality, meet the needs of Federal customers, and provide outstanding value to the American taxpayer.
    • Reviews proposed architectural concepts for all major capital projects and works in conjunction with the Assistant Commissioner (AC) for Project Delivery, Office of Design and Construction to approve or recommend their approval to the PBS Commissioner.
    • Assures that design program goals, objectives, policies, programs, activities, and initiatives are executed in coordination with the AC for Project Delivery and support successful delivery of the PBS capital design and construction program within congressionally funded project scope and budget parameters.
    • Is responsible for activities and initiatives addressing architecture, design excellence, Art in Architecture, Fine Arts, and interior design, as well as cost effective, innovative design efforts and programs in such areas as workplace productivity, security, seismic design, energy efficiency, sustainable buildings, historic preservation, and urban planning.
    • He or she is in essence GSA's face and voice to the public in the realm of public architecture and design, and serves as GSA's spokesperson on design issues, representing PBS and the agency to domestic and foreign inquiry. In this capacity, the Chief Architect coordinates design activities at the national level including coordination with senior management officials of national client agencies.
    • Appraises the quality of GSA's nationwide design program through technical overview of operational design units and, as appropriate, consultation with design industry professionals.
    • Is responsible for justifying, defending, influencing, negotiating and informing senior management officials within GSA, key officials from other government agencies, officials at the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), members of Congress and their staffs, industry leaders and representatives, the heads of professional industry and trade associations, lobbyists, news media, foreign governments, state and local governments, and the public, about policy, legislative, and programmatic considerations that significantly impact the nationwide design program.
    • Develops and maintains partnerships and relationships, balance the sensitivities of stakeholders, and serve to coordinate often conflicting requirements when particularly controversial issues arise (i.e. with OMB, Congress, other agencies, private industry, state and local governments, and the public).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All Qualified Individuals.
    NOTE: An architect license is required for this position. Please refer to the "Qualifications and "How to Apply" sections of this vacancy announcement.

    You must apply online to be considered for this vacancy. Please review this announcement in its entirety for specific information on how to apply.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/439820900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.