This position is organizationally aligned under the Facilities Department under the Project Section, Engineering Service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL. (537) - a Level 1b Complexity VHA Facility. The primary purpose of this position is to act as program manager for Project Management, Engineering Service and to serve as first level supervisor, providing planning, directing, organizing, and exercising control over contractors and nonsupervisory positions.
This position serves as the Assistant Chief of Engineering Service. In this capacity, the incumbent serves as a professional Engineer and Supervisor, performing duties relating to facilities engineering and supervisory management. The Assistant Chief is a Deputy serving the Chief of Engineering, fully sharing in the direction of all phases of the work in Engineering Service. This includes responsibility for providing leadership in managing, planning, directing the Engineering Program and ensuring uninterrupted Medical Center operations. Serves as a key managerial advisor reporting directly to the Chief of Engineering Service.
- Shares responsibility for planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling, and evaluating the Engineering Program.
- Supervises professional, technical, administrative and trades personnel in a wide variety of functional areas.
- Ensures construction and patient/public safety risks are appropriately managed during all phases of design (site investigation) and construction
.- Ensures implementation of plans by subordinate supervisors and contractors, and with the Chief, determines strategies for dealing with budget shortages, FTEE limitations, and seasonal fluctuations in workload.
- Responsible for the development of training programs, and establishing policies and plans to minimize dangers and risks to patients, visitors and staff from operating hazards and catastrophic events.
- Performs oversight of management agreements, initiatives and projects; and performs technical reviews of drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for projects; and shares responsibilities for the adequacy of design parameters and inspection of completed work for professional adequacy and compliance.
- Participates and is involved in various committees and in the absence of the Chief, has the authority to speak for the Chief with delegated responsibility of the Service.
- Must be knowledgeable in several regulations which affect the Engineering Management functions such as the Joint Commission (TJC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA).
- Plays a major role in the allocation of hospital resources and responds to the myriad needs of the health care environment, as the activities, services and functions accomplished directly impact the quality of medical care delivered to the Veteran population served.
- As a supervisor, advisor and representative of the Engineering Service, develops and maintains a good working knowledge of VA guidelines, policies, and procedures as contained in VA, facility, local, federal and state regulations.
- Must have a good working knowledge of computer systems and software which is essential to the successful performance of the position.
- Plans and assigns work to subordinates and utilizes subordinate supervisors to direct, coordinate, and oversee day-to-day work in the Service.
- Gives advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters and makes recommendations.
- Interviews candidates for positions and makes selections.- Hears and resolves complaints and grievances.
- Oversees and approves the work of contractors and exercises significant responsibility in dealing with contractors, local and federal government officials, and officials of other organizations with which the VA does business.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#:
Supervisory General Engineer/#13382O
The work of this position requires walking, standing, sitting, bending, climbing, crawling or reaching in utility rooms, crawlspaces and other areas to work and inspect buildings and equipment at various stages of repair or construction.
Some work is performed in an office environment and some work involves moderate risks or discomforts requiring safety precautions in areas such as service rooms, boiler and chill plant, and construction sites.
Job family (Series)
0801 General Engineering
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/suitability investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
May serve a probationary period
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
GS-13 grade level:
One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Must have one of the following:
professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
Combination of education and experience - college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1. Professional registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.
Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
GS-13 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
In addition to the Basic Requirements you must possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent in or related to the work of this position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience are: Expert knowledge to perform supervisory responsibilities such as planning and assigning work to subordinates and oversee day-to-day work within the Service. Provide advice, counsel and instructions to employees on both work and administrative matters. Identifies developmental and training needs. Oversee and approve the work of contractors. Must have good working knowledge of computer systems and software, and ability to clearly summarize and communicate. Ability to resolve issues and use independent judgment and professional knowledge in making decisions.
There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.
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; religions; 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.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:
Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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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.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
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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This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
ALL US CITIZENS. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY:
This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (COVID-19 - VA 002) in-accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and 5 CFR 337.205(b)(1)-(4).