DOS, Overseas Buildings Operations

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
DOS, Overseas Buildings Operations
Position Title:
Architect (Design Manager)
Open Period:
10/06/2021 - 10/19/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0808 14
USD $122,530 - USD $159,286
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time, Non-Permanent-Temporary Non-Status Position
Promotion Potential:
Promotion Potential Explanation:
No promotion potential
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Arlington, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Aquanette Daniel


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to all U.S. citizens "You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined." "More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
1 year renewable for 4 years.
Marketing Statement:

The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Personal Services Contractor employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide. Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!



This position is located in OBO’s Program Development, Coordination and Support Directorate (PDCS), Office of Design and Engineering (DE), Architectural Design Division (AD).  The contractor serves as an Architect (Design Manager) responsible the design, coordination, and management of OBO's construction and renovation programs.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

Must be able to travel domestic and overseas


As an Architect (Design Manager) assigned to the Office of Design and Engineering Design Division (DE/AD), the contractor performs a wide range of expert-level architectural functions that support the construction of safe, secure, and fully functional facilities at overseas diplomatic posts throughout the world.  The contractor coordinates technical requirements pertaining to the site selection, programming, design, construction, acquisition, repair and maintenance of United States Government (USG)-owned and operated buildings in foreign countries that house and accommodate personnel and programs of the Foreign Service and other USG agencies.  In furtherance of these responsibilities, the contractor performs tasks and assignments that typically include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:  

·         Develops guidelines for specific construction projects; writes the Bureau’s standards and design criteria documents; negotiates with host country officials on matters pertaining to design approvals, construction permits, and zoning changes

·         Advises construction teams, and makes recommendations on change orders, design intent, and similar contractual matters; and participates in post-occupancy evaluation as a member of an interdisciplinary review team

·         Coordinates with other engineering offices on projects and with interior design groups regarding space planning, etc.; oversees review of drawings and specifications for life safety, adherence with applicable building codes and reconciles conflicts

·         Acts as an advisor to commissioned architects and as technical coordinator of projects for DOS; reviews designs for program conformity and technical sufficiency; guides designs to acceptable solutions and recommends approval or modifications


·         Serves as a resource in the evaluation/selection of new embassy sites; makes technical recommendations regarding suitability for use; prepares design studies indicating how sites may be utilized, and guides site selection teams in identifying sites

Contract Administration Responsibilities:

The contractor serves as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for assigned projects, exerting control over the management of government funds in the design of overseas facilities, and assists the Contracting Officer (CO) in the administration of the contract. 

  • Plans, conducts, and/or directs conduct of initial architectural design studies or analyses aspects of design activities that may be contracted out;

  • Prepares or oversees preparation of statements of work and other documentation in support of proposed work to be contracted;

  • Evaluates contractor performance regarding adherence to contract terms, adherence to established milestones and deadlines, and quality of work; and

  • Provides technical assistance in pre- and post-bid activities, and participates in the analysis of bids for construction contracts;

  • Approves payment of government funds and authorized expenditures, accepts accountability for transfer of funds, procurements, and other financial-related decisions;

Qualifications and Evaluations


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Key Requirements:
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Overseas and Domestic travel may be required.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.
  • Education Requirements:

    Basic Requirements:
    A. Degree with architecture coursework - To be acceptable, the degree must be in architecture; or in a related field that included 60 semester hours of coursework 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. (Please submit transcripts with your application.)


    B. Combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional architect, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural sciences. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by 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 in paragraph A immediately above. (Please submit transcripts with your application.) 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.


    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

          1.     Professional architecture, combined with construction techniques and criteria, in order to identify, analyze, design, and provide advice on unusual or complex issues on a wide range of projects;

    2.     Working knowledge for the principles and practices of related engineering fields such as civil structural, mechanical, and electrical, sufficient to effectively consult, interface, and partner with fellow professionals engaged in related aspects of assigned projects; 

    3.     Ability to interpret plans and specifications for a variety of large and complex building projects; and  

    4.     Highly developed communications skills in order to confer with and advise a wide variety of stakeholders on assigned projects; articulate and defend recommendations and decisions; and offer solutions to complex, technical design and construction issues.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.

    If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.


    IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least 1 full year of specialized architectural experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    ***Experience in providing expert advice on practices of architecture combined with design development techniques.

    ***Experience in applying concepts, principles, and practices of architecture and related construction techniques and criteria.

    ***Experience in interpreting plans and specifications for a variety of complex building projects.

    Note: All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency Benefits:

    The Overseas Buildings Operations has a program that allows Personal Service Contract employees to be reimbursed for their health premium costs that they incur during the period of performance. The program pays up to 5% of the employee's base salary of not to exceed 72% of the insurance premium costs towards either an individual policy or a family policy. To be eligible for the PSC Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible. Former Military Service and Federal employees Annual Leave Accrual Rates: Personal Service Contract employees entering on duty with prior military service and/or federal civilian service can credit their years of service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form and/or SF-50 for consideration for higher annual leave accrual rates.

    Other Information:

    SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Office, Employee Relations Division at (703) 812-2452. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY - Personal service  contractors (PSC) who are hired pursuant to statutory authority section 5 of the Foreign Buildings Act of 1926 as amended, (22 U.S.C.296) (FSBA) are employees of the U.S. government under common law master-servant standards and as confirmed by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy of the Office of Management and Budget, can perform inherently governmental functions to the extent consistent with the statutory authority under which they were hired.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
    EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States –either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9,Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security(DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If  the employees information does not match DHS and /or SSA records, the employee is given the opportunity to resolve the problem . If eligibility cannot be verified ,employment will be terminated.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process. To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to OBO Automated Application System. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process: STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register. STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume. STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to OBO automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity. STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department’s automated application system "Gateway to OBO" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

    Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


    NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Required Documents:

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to OBO" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating. 2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to OBO”. 3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment. 4.If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity. 5. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application. 6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below: ICTAP Considerations
    CTAP Considerations All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

    Next Steps:

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation. You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process: 1. Upon receipt of your application. 2. Upon minimum qualification determinations. 3. After the certificate is issued. 4. After final selection is made. For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here .