Department of Veterans Affairs - Pittsburgh, PA

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES: This position is organizationally located in the Planning, Construction & Analysis Section (Projects) of the Facilities Management Service Line at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA. The Architect is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of new and/or extensions, conversions, or modernizations of buildings. Assignments involve performance of office and field architectural duties including, but not limited to:
  • Monitoring and managing of construction projects;
  • Using computers and computer software such as information management programs, computer aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, and project tracking programs;
  • Investigating need for contract change orders, considering conditions at work site, field measurements and computations, local prices, and negotiating cost for changes required;
  • Determining facility and infrastructure elements involving advanced principles of spatial relationships, ergonomics, the environment, construction materials, and methods of construction;
  • Conducting feasibility studies for design of new facilities, maintenance, repair and modernization of existing facilities;
  • Preparing preliminary and final aesthetic designs including technical calculations, economic analysis, and performance characteristics;
  • Leading a design team and orchestrates the planning, design, cost estimating, and phased scheduling of assigned projects;
  • Serving as Contracting Officer and Technical Representative (COTR) on Medical Center projects;
  • Providing professional consultations on a broad range of difficult architectural issues and problems;
  • Preparing project applications by preparing concepts, descriptions, justifications, and prioritization scores for projects;
  • Coordinating projects with engineers in other disciplines;
  • Developing and maintaining a relational database of information that is graphically linked to CAD drawings;
  • Maintaining space inventory database of the entire Medical Center in engineering computer system and assuring correlation between the drawing files and the database;
  • Preparing drawings that include such diverse items as building designs, floor plans, steel stairways and platforms, structures, roadway, parkway structures, drainage patterns, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems; and,
  • Performing all other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A degree in architecture or 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. TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not provide a copy of your transcript, your application will not be processed.


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:

  • Related Curriculum : Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in paragraph A. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations. TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not provide a copy of your transcript, your application will not be processed.
  • Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l 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 college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    One (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11) in Federal Service, as an Architect in a large, complex facility that includes: planning, developing, coordinating, and completing complex architectural projects; in-depth knowledge of architectural design, standards, codes and regulations; conceptualizing, developing, and implementing building and structure designs that are responsive to human activities and needs; knowledge of preventative maintenance theory/practices and the skill to apply this knowledge to difficult and complex work assignments; skill in using AUTOCAD or similar computer-aided design software; experience preparing technical portions of construction contracts and administering/overseeing construction work; and knowledge of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and state building codes. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
    A Quality Ranking Factor * has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: " Are you a Registered Architect."

    * Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening , but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

    Physical Requirements & Work Environment: Work is principally sedentary, although there may be some walking or bending involved in activities such as inspections of installed equipment or construction-stage visits. Must be able to climb ladders and work in areas subject to hot and cold temperatures. Work is usually performed in an office setting, although there may be occasional exposure to conditions in buildings under construction or routine visits to sites to inspect jobs and gather information.

    Other significant facts pertaining to this position: 1) Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on commercial aircraft, and 2) The work may require the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid driver's license may be required for the position.

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

    APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

    Veteran's Preference :

    When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
    • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
    • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
    • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
    • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
    After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

    BENEFITS: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

    The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 7180 Highland Drive 05-H
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

    VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

    You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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