Interior Designer

Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

Virginia, United States

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Open and Close Dates: Apr 28, 2022 - May 11, 2022

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This is a Non-Status, Non-Permanent Position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position.

This position is located in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Program Development, Coordination, Support Directorate, Office of Design and Engineering, Interior Design Division (OBO/PDCS/DE/ID).  

Major Duties:

As an Interior Designer assigned to the Office of Design and Engineering's Interior Design Division (DE/ID), the contractor serves as an Interior Design Coordinator, responsible for coordinating, tracking, and monitoring program-wide requirement and schedules to support the Department of State's overseas building program. The contractor performs tasks and assignments that include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: 

  • Responsible for planning and coordinating technical and functional requirements to include development of space requirements programs; space planning and test fitting; coordinating furniture specifications and procurement packages to support U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas;
  • Utilizes Bluebeam to review and comment on architectural and interior design digital submittals; guides interior design contractors on interpretation of the OBO Design Standards and interior planning approach, to ensure all criteria is incorporated;
  • Utilizes industry software applications to include proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD, Indesign and utilization of BIM tools;
  • Serves as a Contracting Officer's Representative, exerting control over the management of government funds in support of the design of overseas facilities;
  • Develops and maintains technical documents to include scopes of work, budgets, schedules, trip reports and narratives;
  • Participates in strategic planning efforts for real estate to include Country Plans and Master Plans. Serves as a space programmer and planner in the evaluation and selection of leased properties, working in partnership with a real estate specialist;
  • Assists in evaluation, selection and negotiation of architect/engineer and interior design contracts;
  • Prepares space plans, furniture and finish materials packages to support overseas posts in the day to day management of growth and change;
  • Keeps abreast of current developments in the architectural industry through active industry engagement and training.

Who May Apply: Job Status: Duration Appointment: 1 year renewable for 4 years Conditions of Employment: U.S. Citizenship is required.Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.Overseas travel may be required. Education:

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- interior design or other field that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in interior design, interior architecture, or interior environmental design; or passage of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination.


Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience in the architectural and interior design industry to include understanding of the components of an architectural drawing set, and proficiency in developing and interpreting architectural drawings and specification and coordinating requirements across technical disciplines for large-scale commercial building projects;

Knowledge of related engineering disciplines, including civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical/ telecom requirements for large-scale commercial building projects;

Experience coordinating commercial furniture packages, to include design drawings, architectural and engineering coordination, specifications, bidding documents; familiarization with the furniture industry to include GSA Schedule;

Expert level communication skills, to include oral, written and graphic communication;

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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