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Architect/Design Manager with an Active Secret Clearance

Arlington, VA
Must have an active Secret Clearance
Location: Arlington, VA
As an Architect/Design Manager assigned to the Architectural Design Division of OBO/PDCS/DE, the contractor performs a wide range of functions that support construction, repair, and renovation projects at diplomatic posts overseas. In furtherance of these responsibilities, the contractor performs tasks and assignments that typically include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
  • The Architect/Design Manager shall assist to document, and report variances to the scope, schedule, and budget whose success can be measured against clearly defined milestones and objectives.  The contractor will:
    • Read the latest version of all security classification documents and shall understand how it protects organizational integrity and prevent unauthorized use or misappropriation of sensitive and classified material.
    • Report instances of security violations/problems to the appropriate supervisory/management officials.
    • Assume full responsibility for safeguarding all classified and sensitive (but unclassified) material and equipment in assigned areas.
  • For each assigned project, the Architect/Design Manager shall:
    • Prepare periodic and specified written reports and provide data input in specified formats for such reports.
    • Assist the Project Manager to ensure project schedules are kept current and reflect accurate dates and project milestones.
    • Keep the COR and/or Manager informed of all major issues and concerns.
    • Coordination of workflow items; Updating delegated tasks to ensure progress to deadlines; Keeping projects on schedule; Updating schedules; and Management of administrative details.
  • Coordinates with other offices regarding structural, mechanical, and electrical requirements of projects and with interior design and furnishing groups regarding space planning, finish and color schedules, furniture, etc.; reconciles design issues among the design disciplines; reviews working drawings for conformity with good construction practices, use of materials, ease of maintenance, economy, and quality of appointments; oversees review of plans and specifications for fire protection, physical safety, and adherence with applicable building codes; organizes and leads Integrated Design Reviews; and evaluates performance of commissioned architects regarding adherence to contract terms, work progress, and payment for services.
  • Participates in the preparation of preliminary and final design of projects for which no contract architects are commissioned; prepares sketches illustrating possibilities for development of the work performed; and travels as required to inspect, consult, and negotiate when on-site knowledge of conditions is necessary.
  • Participates in the analysis of bids and provides input into recommendations for award of construction projects; resolves problems submitted from the field and makes recommendations on change orders, time extensions, cost increases, and similar contractual matters; advises field supervisors (Project Directors), as necessary, on intent of drawings and specifications, substitutions, etc.; maintains comprehensive files on active projects from date of commissioning to completion of design and authorizes architectural design changes that become  necessary during construction; and participates in post-occupancy evaluation as a member of an interdisciplinary review team.
  • Assists with the development of guidelines and presentation formats for architectural firms being considered for specific construction projects; authors, in whole or in part, and periodically modifies the Bureau's standard and design criteria and other criteria documents; and negotiates with host country officials on matters pertaining to design approvals, construction permits, and zoning changes.
  • Remains abreast of the latest developments in architecture and related disciplines by review of literature and by attending technical conferences, professional society meetings, and discussions with industry representatives and other professionals; and evaluates new materials and designs with construction processes and techniques, discusses with project managers, and recommends adoption of those that would provide a more economical solution while meeting the needs and requirements of the facility and the client.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of four years of experience in the architecture and design field.
  • Knowledge in the established concepts, principles, and architectural methods applicable to varied and complex design problems, projects, or studies, sufficient to enable the incumbent to perform recurring assignments of moderate difficulty {i.e., where methods and techniques are well established, apply to most situations encountered, and do not require significant deviation from established methods) or to perform discrete portions of more complex problems.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of professional architecture, combined with design development techniques and related construction techniques and criteria, in order to identify, analyze, design, and provide advice on unusual or complex issues; modify existing techniques and/or develop new methods and approaches to solve complex architectural problems; and provide expert advice on a wide range of Bureau projects.
  • Working knowledge of 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.
  • Knowledge of Federal, Departmental, and Bureau contracting processes, procedures, and guidelines to assist in the contractor selection process and contract work at posts.
  • Ability to develop design, architectural, interior design, and related engineering criteria or instructions for specific facilities and ensure that new developments, methods, techniques, or experimental theories for improving designs, standardizing common facilities, and producing quality designs are examined to enable the Bureau to solve problems not readily treatable by standard, acceptable methods and carry out the Department's mission.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mission, functions, and objectives of the Division, Office, Bureau, and Department and their interrelationships with one another to coordinate work efforts, ensure that work is performed successfully and in a cost-effective manner, and that work efforts are not duplicated.
  • Highly developed oral and written communications skills in order to confer with and advise employees, contractors, and officials throughout the Department on assigned projects; participate in and conduct lectures and briefings; articulate and defend recommendations and decisions; produce coherent reports, policy recommendations, guidelines, and instructions; offer expert technical advice on architectural systems and standards; and recommend solutions to complex, highly technical architectural problems.
  • Ability to interpret plans and specifications for a variety of large and complex building projects, and to investigate extensive changes in design specifications, construction and materials proposed by contractors or others to accommodate conditions at construction sites and to expedite construction.
  • Ability to understand engineering principles and practices in foreign countries, to ensure that OBO projects are designed and built to OBO standards without conflict with the host country, including knowledge of local building specifications and building codes.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing on highly complex, controversial, and time-sensitive matters to diverse audiences.
  • Experience and capabilities in the use of AutoCAD 2014, Revit 2014, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), and Microsoft Project.​
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

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