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Office of the Secretary General Engineer / Architect (Project Manager) in Gurnee, Illinois


This position is located at the Office of Construction and Facilities Management in Gurnee, IL. The pay range for the GS-13 is $102,188.00 - $1132,45.00 per annum. The pay range for the GS-14 is $120,755.00 - $156,979.00 per annum.


Serves as team lead responsible for the management and acquisition processes for the pre-design (Project Book), design and construction of major Veterans Affairs (VA) projects within the Office of the Secretary, Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction (OALC), Office of Construction and

Facilities Management (CFM), Office of Design and Construction (ODC). The PM is typically stationed in a Regional Office though in some cases manages remotely with recurring site or Regional Office site visits as needed. The design contracts are mostly for Design-Bid-Build or Design-Build package development though there are cases where other contract types could be utilized for project delivery. CFM is the owner of the project and serves as Design and Construction Agent for most projects, however CFM does partner with Non-Department Federal Entities (NDFE - e.g. General Services Administration, United States Corps of Engineers, etc.) to serve as Design and Construction Agent within both the Leasing and Major construction programs, when required or in the best interest of VA. The Project Manager functions include acquisition processes and initiation of statement of work for contracts for schematic design, design development, and construction document packages developed by a private architectural and engineering firms as well as oversight for the acquisition and administration of the construction contracts to build facilities in support of the Senior Resident Engineer, once assigned; coordinates with the Contracting Officer for initiation and execution of processes involving negotiation, issuance, and administration of all contract changes of A/E services, testing labs, supplementary A/E contract services, and Commissioning services; leads a team comprised of a matrix of architectural and civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and other engineering disciplines partnered to prepare and complete accurate and fully coordinated documents, including contract provisions, drawings and specifications, to comply with VA criteria, standards, and all appropriate codes; and administers the A/E Construction Period Services, Testing Lab, Commissioning, and associated contracts during the construction stage. Work Schedule: Required to work Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer / Architect (Project Manager)/14105A

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary with regular and recurring travel to proposed and on-going construction sites for extensive walking, climbing, and crawling at times to inspect site conditions or completed work. The full performance level of this position is GS-14. At the GS-13 level, you will perform similar duties but under closer supervision.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Relocation Expenses: Authorized.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all specialized experience and time in grade requirements within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement, 04/15/2021. 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 within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. 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 your most recent non-award 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 non-award SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one year time-in-grade. 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. You may qualify based on your experience, as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade, GS-12 if applying for the GS-13 and GS-13 if applying for the GS-14, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: experience as a licensed engineer or architect and has demonstrated involvement as a planner or designer; experience as a construction engineer on a major building system and/or medical facility; project management experience and knowledge of project management principles, methods, or tools for developing scheduling, coordinating and managing projects; demonstrated problem solving skills; as well as experience in writing and communication. AND Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statistics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR 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 engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: Professional registration, Written Test, Specified academic courses or Related curriculum. OR 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 will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

CommunicationGeneral EngineeringProblem SolvingProject 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 basically sedentary but may require some travel. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.


There is no educational substitution at this grade level. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Additional Information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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 Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. 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. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.