PBS Northwest/Arctic Region is currently seeking a Regional Chief Architect (RCA) to support the design management of projects in federally-owned and leased space in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. The RCA supports a team of skilled professionals in representing agency-wide standards of quality and programs that enhance federal spaces. GSA may provide a recruitment or relocation incentive to the right candidate for this exciting, challenging, and rewarding position.
The RCA oversees GSA's implementation of national Design Excellence policies by providing individualized subject-matter expertise to project managers within the Northwest/Arctic region. In coordination with the Chief Architect of GSA, the RCA is actively involved in the evaluation and procurement of design teams, and in peer reviews once those teams have been selected. He or she is directly responsible for representing agency-wide standards of quality control, extending from a project's concept development through design and construction. The RCA also supervises the programs that enhance the public’s enjoyment in and the community value of federal buildings, including Art in Architecture. In all, the RCA is a highly-motivated, results-driven, trusted adviser both to the GSA national office and to the dedicated regional team of design and construction professionals.
A Day in the Life:
The successful candidate will work primarily in GSA’s Northwest/Arctic regional headquarters in Auburn, WA, just south of Seattle. On any given day, they can expect to:
Use a high degree of innovation, creativity and imagination to provide technical and professional architectural assistance to regional officials, project managers, other architects within the agency, other Government agencies, and contract architect/engineer (A-E) firms.
Evaluate, advise on, and incorporate latest developments in the design and construction of office and public buildings into agency policy requirements and program objectives for design and construction activities.
Proactively translate customer requirements into professional options and solutions which address evolving customer and/or GSA asset business needs.
Consult on construction projects from development of the scope of work through final delivery of the project. This includes evaluating objectives to determine the optimal procedures for renovation, design, and construction; participating in the procurement of services; reviewing & evaluating a wide range of contractor submittals including shop drawings, samples, and product data and material proposals; and negotiating and recommending approval of contract A-E work.
Read and interpret drawings and construction documents for assigned projects to ensure compliance of project work with customer needs, GSA policies, codes and building standards (e.g., GSA P100 Facilities Standards, National Environmental Policy Act, International Building Code, etc.).
Serve as the manager of the Design Excellence program with the primary responsibility of being the advocate for quality design in the federal built environment.
Serve as the manager of the Accessibility program with the primary responsibility of making all federally-owned and leased buildings and facilities fully accessible to all people and ensuring that Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABAAS) requirements are incorporated into the designs of all new, altered, and leased facilities.
What We Are Looking For:
To qualify for the RCA position, applicants must be a licensed architect and have a degree in architecture or have a combination of education and specialized experience. Specialized experience is professional architectural work in the design, construction, repair & renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, design or construction of major commercial or industrial facilities (multi-storied or high-rise office building & related structures), managing all, or a large phase, of a major design or construction project.
A master’s degree in architecture from an accredited institution.
Ten (10) or more years of experience in the field of architectural design of commercial facilities including, but not limited to, the preparation of conceptual layouts and sketches, working drawings, and construction specifications; selecting building finishes; and adhering to applicable building codes.
Highly skilled at interacting with key stakeholders, local and national officials, senior management, and/or other Government officials on a wide range of sensitive and controversial matters involving complex and extensive design and construction projects.
Ten (10) or more years of experience in facilitating decisions among core team members providing leadership to a group accomplishing multiple goals, acting as a project manager for multiple multidisciplinary teams simultaneously while meeting a specified time-frame.
Additional Salary Information: The GS-13 salary range starts at $94,618 per year. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.
Internal Number: 1910136RGDE
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