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Job opening: Supervisory Architect

Salary: $139 395 - 181 216 per year
Published at: May 15 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This announcement is for a Supervisory Architect . The position is located at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM), Consulting Support Service, in Washington, District of Columbia.


The Supervisory Architect serves as an Architect/Planner within the Consulting Support Service, which has responsibility for providing consultative services on architectural design and planning requirements for VA facilities nationwide. The Consulting Support Office supports all organizational components nationwide and serves as the department's technical authority and consultant in the resolution of unusual problems and difficulties with the design aspects of VA facilities and provides expertise to CFM members and field engineering offices on the application of advanced architectural methodologies. The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Serve as the departmental expert in all areas related to code compliance, construction issues, and safety requirements. Provide authoritative technical advise to various VA officials with CFM and within the organizational components. Resolve and troubleshoot the most difficult and complex problems occurring throughout the various design evolutions through construction. Meet with private Architectural and Engineering consultants, contractors, health care representatives, physicians, dentists, and other professional medical personnel to explain design concepts and techniques or to obtain input on medical care changes that impacts on functional flow and design aspects. Develop training courses to enhance the professional knowledge and understanding of construction and systems unique to hospital design and construction. Provide guidance, direction, and policy interpretation on sensitive and complex issues in support of VA's Major Construction Program. Develop alternatives and recommendations on problems and determine the implication of findings. Represent the Director and Office of Construction & Facilities Management at meetings with national health care associations and other governmental agencies. Conduct extensive research on new developments and techniques, as well as, extensive inspections on existing facilities. Develop, manage, and monitor various CSS related programs as assigned by the CSS Director [e.g., internal CSS Major Construction Review Program]. Participate and assist in VA standards development and architectural committees such as VA Design Waiver Committee. Participate in recruiting staff, employees development and training, and supervise staff as assigned, upon request from the CSS Director. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: May be available. Telework: May be Available Remote/Virtual: This is NOT a remote/virtual position. Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Architect / PD1614574A Recruitment/Relocation: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure: Required


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/24/2024. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13 grade level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. [Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.] Basic Requirements for Architect Degree: 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. OR 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 a related curriculum or experience that demonstrates the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture. You must also possess one year of specialized experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: supervisory experience leading and directing a team of general engineers or architects; providing oversight for an efficient and effective architectural program centering around large healthcare complexes and other facilities; communication with headquarters level management as well as heads of organizations and contractors; advanced principles and practices related to architecture, project management, or deployment of a project; communication with senior management as well as heads of organizations and contractors. [NOTE: Evidence of this specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of like duties performed in positions held on your resume. You will also need to provide work experience information such as hours per week, salary, and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish you have one (1) full year of specialized experience at the required grade level] Quality Ranking Factor: This position includes a Quality Ranking Factor which is a skill, knowledge, ability, or other worker characteristic 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. The Quality Ranking Factor is possession of a Professional Architecture License and any other nationally recognized certifications such as ASHA, ASHE, SAME, LEED, FHI, or any architectural organizational membership if applicable. Preferred Experience: A minimum of 10 years architectural experience and familiarity with all aspects of healthcare design, planning, and construction is highly desired. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Administration and ManagementArchitectureLeadershipProject Management Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: 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. Physical Requirements: The work is partially sedentary with occasional travel required to conduct inspections or training, conduct surveys to determine existing conditions for design program development, to meet with AE firms, VA Medical Center staff, or to attend code committee, manufacturers, or professional society meetings. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.


There is no educational substitution at this grade level; however, there is a Basic Education Requirement for this position listed above.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.


  • Address Construction and Facilities Management 425 I Street NW Washington, DC 20001 US
  • Name: VACO OCHO HRSC Recruiting & Staffing Team
  • Email: [email protected]


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