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Interdisciplinary Engineer or Architect

San Juan, PR

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The incumbent serves as a senior Architect or Engineer, located within the Public Buildings Service (PBS) in Region 2. As a subject matter expert, the incumbent supports the regional PBS organization by providing technical services and consultation on a diverse range of architectural, engineering, and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) project issues. Services include assistance to CORs on complex projects at various stages of their lifecycle including: quality control, project packaging, assistance with acquisition strategy, advice related to project execution, and the implementation of organizational policy and best practices. In addition to assisting others with projects, the incumbent will carry a workload as a COR on their own projects.

Location of Position:
Public Buildings Service
Project Management Division
San Juan, PR OR St. Croix, USVI
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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Manages select projects and studies with overall responsibility for the technical and business management of designated design, construction, renovation or alteration project processes.
Confers with GSA or client contacts regarding project requirements, building limitations and space usage to determine the most economical solution.
Prepares statement of professional scope of work and negotiates contract specifications and design changes with organizational elements of the agency and contractors. Prepares detailed cost or Architect/Engineer (A/E) fee estimates and pertinent correspondence, plans, reports, and A/E contract criteria necessary for project completion.
Serves as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR). Exercises full delegated authority for the Contracting Officer, reviewing and inspecting the work as it proceeds in compliance with contract requirements.
Conducts briefings, discussions, and negotiations with high level agency representatives, GSA management, and project teams, contract A/E firms, construction firms and external stakeholders.
Coordinates with other assigned personnel to assure that all technical areas are covered, that proper design consideration is given and that the total project objectives and schedules are met.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
All U.S. Citizens and Nationals
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0801 General Engineering
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Conditions of Employment
Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
U.S. Citizenship or National
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee
Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).
Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
You may be required to walk, bend and be exposed to the environment and the hazards of a construction site.
For each job on your resume, provide:
the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
number of hours per week you worked (if part time).
If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here .

The GS-13 salary range starts at $87,252.00

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

Interdisciplinary Positions
This position is interdisciplinary, which means the duties and responsibilities closely relate to more than one professional occupation. This position may be filled in one of the following occupations: Engineer or Architect

In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements:

A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.

A Degree in architecture or related field; OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education, training, and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Architect Positions.

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. The specialized experience for this position is defined as experience performing in the role of Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) in managing designs, and construction contracts, including managing, coordination, and reviewing the activities of architectural and engineering firms, and construction contractors in order to accomplish a broad range of design and construction functions. This experience must also have included the application of technical knowledge and experience, such as the review of design documents for completeness, constructability, and compliance with standards.

EDUCATION (1-2000 characters)

Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: (please use the apply button below) . 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. For further information, visit: ****Education
Additional information
Bargaining Unit status: None

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

All information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work:
You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Mastery of, and skill in applying advanced professional principles, concepts, and practices in engineering/scientific fields (e.g., civil, electrical, mechanical, architectural, etc.) required to serve as a subject matter expert (SME) on key design and construction initiatives and policies for the regional organization and/or project manager for designated major projects.
Ability to advise on state of the art building systems and rapidly changing industry or technological initiatives for design and construction considerations, and to resolve complex problems.
Architectural or engineering knowledge and ability to review designs of large and complex structures and buildings.
Knowledge and ability to identify and facilitate the gathering of customer technical requirements and the ability implement coordination and Quality Assurance between disciplines.
Knowledge of and skill in applying concepts and procedures associated with project management, financial management and/or procurement vehicles to achieve project goals and objectives.
Knowledge of Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) duties and limitations as defined by the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to effectively present technical engineering data to varied target audiences.
Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified
We will verify your answers to the questions in your resume. If your resume doesn't support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.
Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
Required Documents
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
If you are
claiming veterans' preference:
Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:
completed SF-15 form; and
proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
If you are active duty military
- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
If you are
ICTAP / CTAP eligible
- submit a, b, and c
: (a)
proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b)
SF-50, and (c)
most recent performance appraisal.
College transcripts:
You must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
Review our benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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