The incumbent serves as a Historian specializing in Historic Preservation in the Technical Preservation Services (TPS) Division, which administers the Federal rehabilitation tax credit program, promulgates the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and develops historic preservation guidance and information on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings. For more information about TPS and what it does, see the TPS website at https://www.nps.gov/tpsLearn more about this agency
- The incumbent exercises signature authority on virtually all applications for certification for projects from assigned states related to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program;
- The incumbent analyzes the significance of complex and diverse cultural resources, encompassing buildings of many architectural styles and periods; and provides guidance to State Historic Preservation Officers and their staffs, project owners, developers, architects, and consultants regarding project conformance with the Secretary's Standards.
- The incumbent conducts research into specific problems, techniques or concepts related to historic rehabilitation and materials conservation; and provides highly technical and professional guidance and information on historic preservation and the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- You may be required to travel overnight away from home a few nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
To be eligible for this position, you must meet the basic requirements, specialized experience, and Positive Education Requirements outlined below. Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement. * Examples of specialized experience are located in detail in the Assessment Questionnaire of this announcement.
Basic Requirements GS-11/12 Historian: Degree: Must successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in history; or a related field, that included at least 18 semester hours in history. NOTE: You must submit transcripts with your application
Combination of experience and education: Must possess a combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 18 semester hours) 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. The quality of the combination demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.
ANDSpecialized Experience GS-11 Historian (Historic Preservation): Applicants must have at least one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) performing the following:
- Applying a broad knowledge of theory, principles, practices, and techniques of historic preservation and architectural conservation as it relates to historic rehabilitation;
- Applying a professional knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties; AND
- Applying a thorough knowledge of historic architecture and American architectural history.
The activities would generally be those performed under closer supervision or direction, or when working more independently the activities, historic properties, and types of rehabilitation issues involved would generally be more routine and less complex and not require more advanced professional or technical judgement.
Specialized Experience GS-12 Historian (Historic Preservation): Applicants must have at least one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) performing the following:
- Applying comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, practices, and techniques of historic preservation and architectural conservation as it relates to historic rehabilitation;
- Applying a thorough knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties; AND
- Applying a comprehensive knowledge of historic architecture and American architectural history.
There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 grade level of this announcement.
Positive Education Requirement:
An equivalent of 12 semester hours in college course work related to historic preservation and/or the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.
Physical Demands: The work is normally sedentary, but does require occasional travel when long days and physical stamina may be needed. Purposes of travel include on-site inspections of historic properties where rehabilitation construction work is underway or completed. Travel also includes attendance at professional conferences, where workdays may be long or extend into the weekends. Some tax credit applications may be quite large and include sets of large-format architectural drawings.
Working Conditions: The work environment normally involves everyday risks or discomforts typical of offices, meeting rooms, and archives. The normal work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Travel for on-site inspections may expose the incumbent to extreme weather conditions and to a construction site environment where appropriate precautions for personal safety are necessary.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- History and Archaeology
- Oral Communication
- Problem Solving
Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.
If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/10/2019.
- Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
- A complete Occupational Questionnaire
- Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation such as:
- Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion, or reassignment, showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 unless it provides the necessary information) and, if different, an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held.
- Veterans Preference Documentation (e.g. DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter as appropriate)
- Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
- Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
- If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
- Performance Appraisals and Awards:
- All applicants must submit their most recent performance appraisal showing the official rating of record and signed by a supervisor or, if one is unavailable, a statement as to why it is not available (including if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level).
- Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.
- Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
- Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/10/2019. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
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Agency contact information
AddressCultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
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