As an Architect (Accessibility Officer), you will support and contribute to the mission and provide leadership in architectural design and accessibility requirements for GSA's regional design and construction program.
Location of position:
General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, Office of Planning and Design Quality, Washington, DC.
You will conduct design reviews of project formulation, scopes of work (SOW), design submissions and advise project teams on design quality and policies and procedures; review projects for conformance with these policies.
You will prepare SOW, independent government estimates (IGE) and review contractor's proposals (A/E, CM, and Specialty Contractor). Participate in negotiations with contractors. Analyze contractor's claims. Perform special services and investigations as required and related to A/E discipline. Maintain liaison with representatives of PBS, other agencies, contract architects and engineers, contractors and occasionally with state and local government authorities and with material suppliers and manufacturers.
You will serve as a recognized technical specialist and consultant regarding barrier free and accessible design for people with disabilities. Provide authoritative information on accessibility subjects within the agency and to other federal agencies. Make recommendations that influence the initiation, scope and development of projects covering accessibility. Represent an agency region on national committees regarding technical standards, policies, and criteria regarding accessible design. Provide authoritative information and advice to the regional design and construction/leasing project teams.
You will manage the Region’s accessibility complaints, both officially under the Architectural Barriers Act and informally with agency building occupants as required. Direct and coordinate regional plans of action to resolve accessibility complaints against agency controlled space. Assure that complaints are responded to thoroughly, accurately, and expeditiously. Coordinate as necessary with agency’s National Accessibility Program Manager.
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
Have a valid driver's license.
Applicant must provide college transcripts.
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 political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 1 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.
Applicant must provide college transcripts.
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.
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The GS-13 salary range starts at $102,663.00 per year.
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.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ARCHITECTS:
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. Specialized experience is professional architectural experience in preparing the scope of work, managing the development of plans, specifications and cost estimates for building alterations, repairs, improvements and new construction; reviewing, inspecting and directing the work as it proceeds. Such experience must also include experience in the area of designing accommodations and addressing issues for individuals with disabilities in compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard.
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: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Bargaining Unit status:
Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.
- This is NOT a full-time telework position. The selectee is expected to work at the duty location listed in the vacancy announcement.
This vacancy is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement Number 20PBSC034SLMP under Merit Promotion regulations. You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.
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:
Knowledge of architectural design principles and theories, design documentation and construction management.
Knowledge in the professional field of architecture including space planning, designing, construction contractors and monitoring performance.
Knowledge of the Architectural Barriers Act and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard.
Knowledge of construction procedures and laws governing accessibility to individuals with disabilities.
Skill in oral and written communication in order to facilitate high-level issues and initiatives.
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.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.
If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:
(a) 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.
(b) If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a 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 a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement:
Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer:
Submit your Description of Service.
If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:
(a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.
(b) Copy of your agency’s annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).
If you have a disability:
Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS’s People With Disabilities page.
If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.
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.
If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, 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.
You will have access to many benefits including:
Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
Life insurance coverage with several options
Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
Flexible work schedules
Transit and child care subsidies
Flexible spending accounts
Long-term care insurance
Training and development
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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.