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    The Commission reviews designs proposed for memorials, coins, medals, and new or renovated government buildings, as well as privately owned properties in certain areas of Washington under the Shipstead-Luce and Old Georgetown Acts.

    Through its unique work as the only federal commission dedicated to design review and aesthetic excellence, the Commission of Fine Arts serves the American people, international visitors, and those who live and work in the nation’s capital, contributing to the beauty and dignity of this international symbol of American democracy.

    This position is located in the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), an independent Federal Agency that advises the President, Committees of Congress, Federal agencies, and the District of Columbia Government on matters of art, architecture, landscape architecture, sculpture, painting, etc. relating to the capital city of Washington, D.C.

    The incumbent of this position serves as the CFA Historic Preservation Specialist and reports to the Assistant Secretary of the Commission. In this capacity, the incumbent conducts research, develops policy, and analyzes proposed designs, and provides guidance to staff, members of the Commission, representatives of federal agencies and the public on efforts to avoid and minimize adverse effects to historic properties in the nation’s capital.

    This position is located within the Commission of Fine Arts, in Washington DC.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Salary Information:
    GS-13: $96,970 to $126,062 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    This vacancy is also announced as CFA-18-KS-001(DEU) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

    The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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    Major Duties: (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position.)

    At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Advises the Commission on architectural and historical importance of buildings, monuments, fountains, etc. in Washington and environs, and particularly in the Old Georgetown Historic District.
    2. Develops technical solutions to historic preservation compliance issues that come before the Commission.
    3. Prepares written reports and makes oral presentations before the Commission and the Old Georgetown Board that may lead to recommendations and/or policy decisions by the Commission and the Old Georgetown Board regarding historic preservation matters.
    4. Conducts research using documents and material that are germane to the mission and function of the Commission of Fine Arts and the Old Georgetown Board.
    5. Develops historical data for publication or presentation to the Commission on any subject or design proposal for which the Commission or Board may be reviewing.
    6. Evaluates records to establish their validity, utility and importance as source material for using in historical studies, publications and presentations. Prepares indexes, reference guides, or similar publications for scholarly or public use.
    7. Prepares architectural and social research for publication and/or presentation, including documentation of professional and social fabric of Washington through original and secondary sources. Reports the Commission’s decisions, articulates agency policies and explains technical aspects of programs to those affected including members of the general public and representatives of other federal agencies. Presents and explains technical information in such a way as to make it clear without sacrificing thoroughness and accuracy. Makes sure that the materials presented are consistent with agency policy and with other information presented by the agency, meet the style requirements of the agency and the publication, and are written at an appropriate level for the intended audience.
    8. Examines submission materials for proposals involving historic resources within contexts that may be historic, monumental, or otherwise specialized. Coordinates with the D.C. Government on issues of historic preservation review policies and procedures, and participates as agency representative on regulatory historic preservation consultation matters.
    9. Coordinates and participates in ensuring the professional documentation of historic buildings, monuments, sites, etc., for Commission publication, records, and for in the review of proposals involving historic resources at public meetings. Provides professional assistance to Commission architects in the assessment or documentation of buildings for documentary purposes or case-related review.
    10. Represents the Commission, as requested by the Secretary and Assistant Secretary, at interagency, civic, and professional meetings, seminars, or task forces concerned with historic aspects of the city, Commission policy, potential review, or continued interest. At these meetings, incumbent may give lectures, participate in panel discussions, and talk with students. Represents the Commission with approved statements or professional expertise as needed.
    11. Assists in research involving historic preservation topics involving the Commission of Fine Arts for other agencies or the public.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local Travel as Required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion, VEOA, Special Hiring Authorities, ICTAP/CTAP).

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

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