Architect

COMPANY INFO

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Chicago, IL United States of America

ABOUT THE COMPANY

https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/About/

ABOUT THE JOB

Summary
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District is proud to serve the Chicago-land and surrounding areas providing world class leadership, engineering services, and management capabilities. The Chicago District is looking for someone who can bring expertise, enthusiasm, and readily engage in our world class organization! This position is designated for an architect in an engineering design organization. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparing plans, specifications, design analysis and estimates for all aspects of architectural design for facilities and related projects. Design includes both military and civil works projects.

Responsibilities in Detail
  • Analyze current and projected technical requirements to develop architecture and interior design criteria, space allocations, furnishings, schedules, and costs to meet functional capability required by the user.
  • Develop architectural design drawings, specifications, Design Documentation Report (DDR), and estimates cost of projects for all aspects of architectural design for new constructions, renovations, and improvements on various types of facilities.
  • Prepares statement of architectural scope of work and detailed supplementary instructions for design guidance and instructions for consulting architects/engineers (A/E) retained to develop contract drawings and specifications.
  • Perform quality control and assurance reviews of contractor's reports to determine adequacy of design.
  • Coordinate architectural design information and criteria with structural, mechanical, electrical, and other designers.
  • Perform project management for the concept and finished design, planning, programming, and construction of a wide range of complex projects.
  • Assist in the formulation of policy, define standards, develop principals and establish processes for facility architectural/interior design for the command.
  • Serves as consultant on architectural problems for field construction personnel, other engineering personnel. Reviews for technical feasibility, adequacy and compliance with specifications
  • Plans and carries out work independently, coordinates with others and resolves problems as they occur.
  • The use of Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) are required for design and presentation purposes.

REQUIREMENT FOR APPLICANTS

Conditions of Employment
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This is an Army Acquisition and Technology Workforce position. The employee must meet DoD 5000.52-M requirements applicable to the duties of the position.
  • This position may require Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) over 25% of the duty time.

Qualifications
Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Executive Order (E.O.) 12721
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
  • Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement Eligible
  • People with Disabilities, Schedule A
  • Reinstatement
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998


In order to qualify, you must meet the basic requirement and specialized experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Architect

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in architecture or in a 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.

OR

B. Combination of Education and Experience: 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 provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in statement A above, or (2) Experience: 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 any college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that you have acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes applying advanced architectural theories, principles, and concepts to evaluate design objectives and identify the most economical and efficient procedures of building design and performance. Experience in providing direction to project teams in resolving complex problems and meeting project milestones and deadlines. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Design
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence


Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-11).

Education

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 - Engineers and Scientists(Resources and Construction) position
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • Relocation/Recruitment/Retention incentive(s) MAY BE authorized to highly qualified candidate.
  • This is an Army Acquisition and Technology Workforce position. The employee must meet DoD 5000.52-M requirements applicable to the duties of the position.

SALARY

$82,579 to $104,604

CONTACT TO APPLY

Technical Design Section
ganiyat.f.leffler@usace.army.mil