Jobs at MSAG

View all jobs

Area Management Officer

Arlington, VA, VA
Must have an Active Secret Clearance

This Personal Services Consultant (PSC) position is located in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Operations Directorate (OPS), Office of Area Management (AM), and can be assigned to any of the Office's regional divisions.

Through its Program Management Division and five regional divisions, AM provides comprehensive and timely customer service support to Posts and links OBO and Posts by acting as a practical, effective, and results-oriented ombudsman, explaining Post's needs and limitations to OBO and OBO's policies and procedures to Posts; manages OBO's maintenance and repair accounts and oversees repair and improvement projects in support of the best possible office and residential facilities for Posts; and represents Foreign Service interests to OBO in a positive manner so as to engender increased dedication to providing safe, secure, and appropriate facilities for our colleagues serving abroad.
The consultant serves as an Area Management Officer, responsible for lending expertise to the overall management of United States Government (USG)-owned and leased real property resources at assigned posts and the management of the allocation of funds to these Posts for the repair and improvement of USG-owned and leased properties; and for advising on and preparing justifications for the purchase, disposal, long-term lease, and/or construction of new property.
As an Area Management Officer assigned to the Office of Area Management of OBO/OPS, the consultant is responsible for providing expert advice, guidance, and analytical and coordinative services to domestic Bureau/Department management officials and the management officials of overseas Posts regarding the overall management of real property assets of the Government at overseas diplomatic Posts throughout the world. In furtherance of these responsibilities, the incumbent performs tasks that include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
  • In conjunction with the Office Director and cognizant Division Chief as well as other OBO offices, advises on and prepares required justifications for the purchase, disposal, long-term lease, and/or construction of new real property assets;
  • Advises the Office of Real Property Leasing (OBO/PRE/RPL) on short-term leasing of properties referred to OBO by the Posts, and makes recommendations on leasing properties costing more than $25,000 per year of which involve leasing conditions that do not meet current standards;
  • Briefs OBO principals, Ambassadors, and senior officers newly assigned to Posts within the assigned geographic area, and prepares briefing papers and various memoranda as required;
  • Coordinates security renovation and installation projects with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's (OS's) Office of Physical Security within OBO and ensures Post awareness of security considerations in special maintenance and repair and minor improvement projects as well as new property acquisitions;
  • As directed by the Office Director or cognizant Division Chief, prepares program justifications for use by various OBO offices, the Department, the Office of Management and Budget (0 MB), and Congressional oversight committees;
  • Serves as a central point of contact coordinating among various OBO offices and overseas Posts to ensure that Post queries are promptly answered and that Post project proposals are considered in a timely manner and, when approved, proceed smoothly;
  • Provides budget input as requested by the OBO budget and program planning offices and by other State Department offices, as well as technical guidance to Posts on real property matters;
  • Visits Posts to participate in site survey or capital project teams; to assist in negotiations regarding real property matters on OBO's behalf; to respond on short notice to address emergency situations; and to routinely and regularly develop a comprehensive knowledge of Posts' real property assets and requirements; and
  • As requested, assists with other general management support and analysis projects that support the overall mission of the Office; and may be required to move among the regional divisions in response to emerging situations or workload demands.


  • Mastery of, and skill in applying, advanced principles and practices of the overall management of Government-owned and leased real property in both the domestic and overseas environments, gained through at least five years of experience in managing  such properties in both the domestic and international environment at a level equivalent to grade GS-13 of the Federal Civil Service or FS-02 level of the Foreign Service.
  • Knowledge of project and program management methodologies in order to provide expertise to the management of projects and programs dealing with the real property assets of the Department worldwide, effectively utilize human, financial and equipment resources, and establish long- and short-range program goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of the OBO and Federal contracting and procurement processes in both the pre- and post-award environment, in order to advise on and prepare justification and other contractual documentation in support of contracted work associated with the maintenance and repair of overseas real properties.
  • Knowledge of the Federal and Departmental budget process, and of general theories and principles of budgeting, in order to provide proper and effective input to the budget process for assigned functions.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to interpret and apply, Departmental regulations and directives, Federal statutes, and other regulations regarding the purchase/lease/ disposal and maintenance/repair of real properties and the management of Government-owned and leased properties overseas.
  • Skill in oral and written communications techniques in order to develop expert assessments and recommendations on a broad range of building management issues, communicate complex technical requirements to both technical and non-­ technical personnel, and prepare and present briefings to senior management officials on program/project status and related complex and/or controversial issues.
  • Experience in the use of automated applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite, and familiarity with the Department of State property management database applications such as the Buildings Management Integrated System (BMIS}, the Budget Resource Management System (BRMS}, and similar applications, is highly desirable.
All staff employees are eligible for paid company benefits, paid time off, sick leave and federal /national holiday pay.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested candidates should apply to the position via our career portal at

MicroSystems Automation Group (MSAG) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business headquartered in Falls Church, VA. Since our beginning in 1986, we have provided technology solutions for Government and Commercial clients. Our company has a GREAT corporate culture and is very customer and employee oriented.  Find our company reviews on at

Share This Job
Powered by