Architect
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Los Angeles, CA

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Vacancy ID: 916770

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise - “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. 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!
To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation. DUTIES:
This position is located within the Project Section in the Engineering Department at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA.

Major duties and responsibilities include:
The incumbent serves as a Senior Architect performing complex architectural duties. Major Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Manage seismic retrofit design and/or project management.
  • Promote Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) based practices for the use of environmentally-friendly products and materials to develop sustainable green buildings.
  • Review Architect/Engineer (A/E) project review submissions to assure compliance with all applicable project requirements.
  • Develop sketches and/or Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawings.
  • Develop architectural aspects of man-hour estimates used for contract negotiations or changes.
  • Review and coordinate architectural design processes.
  • Develop project submission for all project programs.
  • Conduct preplanning studies for renovations to buildings and facilities.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED*** QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Proficient in the use of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software.

AND

You MUST meet the Basic Education Requirements PLUS the Minimum Qualification to qualify for this position. (Please provide experience directly related to the position in your resume/application)

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

Bachelor's degree in architecture or 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. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Combinations of 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 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 above. 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. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
2) 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.

PLUS

ADDITIONAL minimum REQUIREMENT

Possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this Architect position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that included all or most of the following: providing architectural master planning and design research for developing improved approaches to planning problems; serving as project manager and contracting officer representative on design and construction projects assigned; performing engineering and architectural studies, analyses and surveys; coordinating project schematics and program development; developing graphic analysis charts, diagrammatic sketches; tentative sketches, schematic outlines; or other architectural design criteria for projects; performing professional review and assessment through comparative analyses of design development documents; and developing concepts and preliminary and working drawings for the design and construction of very large and complex medical facilities.

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. 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: (Narrative Responses Not Required)

  • Knowledge in seismic retrofit design and/or project management.
  • Ability to manage complete design processes (from concept negotiation to managing completion of construction documents).
  • Ability to develop and design construction project plans, work drawings and technical specifications.
  • Ability to perform studies of various utility systems.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The work is sedentary except for regular and recurring field surveys and construction site inspections. Such inspections involve a considerable amount of physical activity, including walking, climbing, bending, and stooping.

Most work is performed in an office setting although there are regular and recurring visits to building site locations during the construction supervision of design projects. Such visits expose the architect to a variety of hazards associated with construction activities, including high noise levels, dust, moving equipment, chemicals, etc.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

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: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (310)478-3711. 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 http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

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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