Interior Design Specialist
National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC

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NOTE: Vacancy announcement #NGA-13-4B is being issued at the same time for this position and is open to federal competitive status candidates and those candidates eligible under special appointing authorities (e.g., 30% or more compensable service-connected disabled veterans, VEOA, and individuals with disabilities). Candidates who wish to apply under both vacancy announcements MUST apply separately for each announcement.

This announcement has an application limit of 100 applications and will close to the receipt of applications once this limit has been reached. Therefore, applicants should apply as soon as possible. If the 100-application limit is never reached, then the job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, February 1, 2013. Applicants NEED to ensure they provide ALL supporting documentation at the time they apply to the vacancy.


This vacancy is located in the Office of Architecture and Engineering of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and the incumbent provides professional interior design services and also manages and administers the work of outside contractors and consultants. NOTE: The Office of Architecture and Engineering is responsible for planning, design, and construction projects involving renovation and permanent changes to the Gallery’s buildings and off-campus spaces. Design of exhibitions is handled by a separate National Gallery of Art organization.


Only U.S. citizens may apply for employment consideration.

Incumbent serves as the Interior Designer within the Office of Architecture and Engineering and reports to the Chief Architect with design projects ranging in size and complexity from smaller office renovations to major building renovations and capital construction. Initiates and develops interior design schemes, using significant aesthetic judgment. Acts as a liaison with various Gallery offices, and with outside consultants and contractors to execute projects. Develops custom, high-quality textiles, wall coverings, flooring, furnishings, and finishes for interior design projects to improve or enhance the function and appearance of the NGA buildings and associated off-campus spaces. Exercises oversight for final approval of paint colors, flooring, furnishings and finishes for offices, food service areas, auditoriums, library, lounges, board rooms, residential condominium units, etc. Conceives creative, yet functional, use of space and contributes to planning ideas and decision making for future development and renovation programs at the Gallery. Prepares test-fits and reviews office layouts for interior architectural projects to achieve both office function and ergonomics. Conducts ergonomic reviews for staff and makes recommendations for improvements, working in conjunction with the Gallery’s safety and health staff. Consults with Gallery conservators to ensure products selected will not adversely impact art collections. Specifies and initiates requisitions for the purchase of furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FFE), including upholstering and refurbishing services for both interior and architectural projects to ensure continuity of quality and appearance, as well as reasonable pricing. Assembles drawings, specifications, and justifications for contractual goods and services for interior design projects which are federally and privately funded. Develops and manages the Gallery’s interior design program for the selection of furniture for the institution to ensure overall quality, design continuity and best pricing. Works with the Gallery’s Office of Procurement and Contracting, utilizing the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to contract for services and procure goods. Works with the Gallery’s Property Office to maintain the furniture inventory and its database for furniture stored at the warehouse. Provides vision and guidance regarding interior design finishes to the Gallery architects, designers, and consultants for various architectural projects. Provides input to the overall building design with respect to function and appearance of final product and provides advice to architects and exhibit designers for flooring and finishes on an as-needed basis as well as selecting and specifying FFE in conjunction with these projects. Manages interior design program and projects working with various funding sources and with budget limitations under tight deadlines as well as being required to make cost evaluations and adjustments to housekeeping expenditures to meet unanticipated repairs. Manages and approves the work of non-NGA personnel (contractors, installers, fabricators) contracted by the Gallery as well as skilled NGA shop personnel to ensure their effectiveness and compliance with Gallery standards through project completion. Confers with industry and manufacturer representatives to obtain current and fair-pricing guidelines, state-of-the-art information, samples and technical specifications for products. Maintains the office’s interior design library. Provides expert advice and historical perspective in making recommendations to Gallery Executive Officers and managers on project priorities, budget estimates and project status. Forecasts future furnishings and repair expenditures by developing and maintaining life cycle plans for the entire Gallery complex, including the East and West Buildings, Sculpture Garden, residential condominium units, leased office and warehouse spaces. Issues yearly floor-by-floor analysis on furniture and finish repairs for review by the Administrator. Develops written guidelines and reports for repair, develops interior maintenance and repair program, and coordinates and schedules both routine and special interior design projects. Develops policy and procedural guidelines for use by other Gallery staff in the maintenance, repair and protection of the Gallery’s interior spaces, floor finishes, fabrics, furnishings and casework. Utilizes CAD, spreadsheet and database management computer software in a shared office network to track progress, monitor inventory, and maintain project records and files.

Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1001-12 or GS-1001-13. At the GS-12 level, candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. At the GS-13 level, candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is professional interior design work creating and maintaining the function and appearance of high-quality interior spaces while considering how different furniture, colors, fabrics, textures, lighting, and equipment work compatibly together. Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience. If their résumé does not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates.

Skill in interior design.

Skill in project and self management activities.

Knowledge of a variety of furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

Ability to effectively communicate with a variety of individuals at all levels of an organization as well as external individuals.

Knowledge of museum and other artistic environments.

Physical requirements: The work is often sedentary, but walking, climbing, and bending to assess and observe buildings’ and furnishings’ conditions and standing for extended periods is common. Work also requires frequent trips to various locations within the National Gallery of Art’s campus of buildings.

The National Gallery of Art provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three pre-determined quality categories. This evaluation will be based on the personal, educational and work experience indicated in the candidate’s résumé and responses to the applicant questions.

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your responses are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have overstated your experience or your responses are not supported by your resume OR if your application is incomplete, you will be assigned to a quality category commensurate to your described experience. Later steps in the selection process may be used to verify your stated level of experience and capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not hiring you.
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The Gallery offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Information on Federal benefits is provided at: . If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.


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