General Engineer
National Science Foundation - Arlington, VA

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Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking candidates for a Facilities Construction and Maintenance Manager, and a Facilities Engineering Projects Manager to work within the Division of Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL), Arlington VA. The mission of AIL is to provide infrastructure, logistics, and operational support for the United States’ year round presence in Antarctica including maintenance and operation of three year round research stations, extensive laboratory and computing capabilities for research, icebreaking research ships, and air transport to support the U. S. research mission. More information about OPP and its Programs can be found at .


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The Facilities Engineering Project Manager has overall responsibility for the management of master planning, design, and major construction planning and prioritization for the United States Antarctica Program (USAP). The Facilities Construction and Maintenance Manager has overall responsibility for minor facilities project management and facilities maintenance at USAP. Both positions have responsibility for working closely with other AIL managements responsible for logistics, operations, science support and information technology.

As a General Engineer in the Division of Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL), you will be responsible for:

Working with contracted architectural and engineering firms, the NSF Antarctic Support Contractor (ASC), and/or other Federal agencies that can provide engineering, technical analysis, oversight, and other construction management expertise. The responsibility is especially challenging because the continent lacks indigenous sources of services, labor, and materials. Moreover, the design and engineering criteria for facilities must be the requirements imposed by the extreme environments encountered.

Directing, coordinating and reviewing the activities of U.S. Government technical consultants (primarily representing PACDIV, a Naval engineering command; and the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory) and civilian contractors and consultants performing facilities-related requirements studies, conceptual and architectural designs, engineering analyses, site evaluation, cost and schedule estimating, procurement and transportation of materials and construction. In addition, overseeing the development and implementation of facilities construction plans and develops renovation requirements. These functions must be coordinated and monitored to ensure the orderly and logical sequencing of events that results in a safe, efficient and cost-effective infrastructure that meets the objectives, budgets and logistics constraints of the USAP.

Overseeing and performing facilities inspections and acceptance on behalf of the US government and issue occupancy certificates in accordance with the NSF A-123 process. Providing input to annual financial statement audit activities and reviews contractor-furnished reports on real property depreciation and deferred maintenance activities.

The Facilities Engineering Project Manager initiates strategic planning for USAP facility requirements to guarantee maximum operational efficiencies and energy conservation. The incumbent will also be responsible for forecasting future budget requirements for proposed and scheduled construction initiatives; overseeing project development; coordinating long-range facilities planning needs for the USAP at all Antarctic stations and operating locations; and advising the Director, AIL, of significant achievements, new trends, and developments or potential problems related to facilities design, engineering, energy efficiency and construction management for the USAP.

The Facilities Construction and Maintenance Manager monitors maintenance activities to ensure that all Antarctic buildings, utilities and other infrastructure provide reliable daily service, and are maintained efficiently and cost-effectively. The incumbent will also be responsible for evaluating, prioritizing, and integrating facilities requirements into annual and long-range plans; overseeing project execution; conducting and arranging for proper inspection of construction projects; conducting acceptance of completed facilities on behalf of the US government; and advising the Director, AIL, of significant achievements, new trends, and developments or potential problems related to construction management and facilities maintenance for the USAP.

Both General Engineers will be responsible for periodically deploying to Antarctica to perform oversight responsibilities, and may also serve as the National Science Foundation Representation, Antarctica (NSFREP).

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in civil, mechanical, structural, electrical, or electronics engineering, or a related field. In addition, applicants must have at least six years of experience managing and overseeing the planning and execution of complex facilities projects. A Professional Engineer (PE) license and experience in facilities project/program management is highly desirable.

Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical examination according to standards used for USAP medical/dental screening for travel to Anarctica.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors

Extensive experience in project management, including planning, executing and overseeing major and complex facilities design, engineering and construction projects, as well as planning, executing and overseeing safe, efficient and cost-effective facilities maintenance programs in remote areas.

Analytical skill in assessing the application of technologies in facilities design and engineering, construction, maintenance and operations.

Ability to develop and implement annual and long-range plans including cost and schedule estimation and review.

Skill in implementing contracts, MOAs and cooperative agreements, including negotiating statement of work, cost and performance evaluation.

Skill in providing oversight to and resolving issues with a mix of civilian and U.S. Government entities providing facilities design, engineering, construction, maintenance and operations.

Candidates applying to the General Engineer announcement will be considered for both the Facilities Construction and Maintenance Manager and for the Facilities Engineering Projects Manager positions.

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A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

Pre-tax parking

Public transportation subsidy

Child development center on site

Child care subsidy

Flexible working hours


Physical fitness facility on site

NSF Federal Credit Union on site

Health services unit on site

Employee assistance program

If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

The General Engineer positions are in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions .

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