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National Institute of Standards and Technology Architect, ZP-0808-IV (GS- 13/14 Equivalent) in Boulder, Colorado


Satisfactory completion of pre-employment medical examination is required. Are you ready to explore your future with NIST? Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy. This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates.


This position is for an Architect within the Boulder Design and Construction Division – Facilities Improvement Group (DCD-FIG). The individual will be critical to the success of the construction projects through their involvement in design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of all architectural systems, as they relate to laboratory and office facilities, which include but are not limited to building exterior, building egress, ADA requirements, and interior finishes. During the design phase coordinate between the local authority having jurisdiction, Operations Group, Office of Facilities and Property Management (OFPM) Construction Safety, NIST/Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) Safety, and DCD Engineering to ensure that the design meets all applicable codes and the NIST/OFPM design standards. The involvement of the scientific community is critical during the design period and this person would be responsible to verify that the architectural needs of the scientific community are met. Responsibilities during the construction phase shall include resolution to request for information, submittal reviews, field inspections, change management, estimating, testing, coordination of safety test and inspections, commissioning, and other activities to ensure the project issues are resolved in a quick and professional manner. Once the project is substantially complete, responsibilities shall include working with the Operation Group to ensure a smooth transition between construction and operation of the building. Assist the Operations Group with establishing maintenance procedures and maintenance schedules. During the initial break-in period of the project assist the Operations Group in troubleshooting startup issues that prevent the building from operating as designed.

This position will also prepare project budgets, statement of works for AE (architect/engineer) contracts; develop AE cost estimates; work with acquisitions to negotiate AE contracts and awards; and review AE design submissions. Estimate design work for construction/service contractors to offer quotes; May serve as a contracting officer representative (COR) for design, construction and/or service contracts.

Writes clear and concise technical reports and recommendations, and makes oral presentations to senior NIST leaders.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen

You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (

You must be suitable for Federal Employment

Satisfactory completion of pre-employment medical examination is required.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Basic Requirements- Architect, ZP-0808-IV: 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 at least one of the following: 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. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations. 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. In addition to the Basic requirements, applicants must meet the following: For ZP-0808- IV:Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 (NIST ZP III) in adaptingand modifying conventional practices and applying design criteria to research buildings and facilities with special requirements for code compliance and specific issues such as vibration, air quality, lighting, and environmental controls.

Strong project management leadership skills from project inception to completion.

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; religious; 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. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications determination within three business days from the date their applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written request listing the announcement number; explaining why the original determination was improper; what factors were not considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information that would enable reevaluation.


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to the final offer of employment.

Foreign education: Individuals educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for a U.S. equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.Viewalisting of these accredited organizations from the Department of Education's website. Provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing.

Additional Information

A one to three year probationary period may be required.This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, clickhere.