Summary: The U.S. Department of State is developing a rank-ordered list of eligible hires for a limited number of Foreign Service Construction Engineeringpositions based on the needs of the Department. Learn more about the Department of State and a career in the Foreign Service at https://careers.state.gov.
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Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Posted Date: 6/2/2021
Specialized experience demonstrates that the applicant has acquired, and is able to apply, a combination of specific knowledge, skills and abilities appropriate to a Foreign Service Construction Engineer position. Specialized Experience MUST show that applicants have an in-depth knowledge of their field and can perform engineering or architectural duties related to construction at Department of State projects worldwide. Applicants MUST demonstrate that their job-related experience has been at progressively increasing levels of performance and responsibility through such indicators as promotions, raises, increases in duties and responsibilities, and organizational and employee impact.
Specialized experience MUST have been obtained through assignments to field sites on vertical construction projects. Vertical construction projects include, but are not limited to: Multi-story buildings;
Large-scale residential and commercial developments; and
Warehouses. At the time of application, applicants MUST possess at least three years’ Specialized Experience in the last 10 years, working in the field on major vertical construction projects, to be considered for this position.
Applicants who have a Master of Architecture or Master of Engineering in one of the disciplines listed under Education and from a program meeting the accreditation requirements, in addition to possessing a qualifying Bachelor of Science degree in the majors listed under Education, qualify to substitute the Master’s degree for one year of Specialized Experience toward satisfying the minimum requirement for Specialized Experience. Transcripts for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees must be submitted with the application
Examples of Specialized Experience include, but are not limited to: Reviewing, interpreting, and checking construction drawings, architectural plans, engineering drawings, and other specifications to ensure compliance, recognize errors, ambiguities, or omissions and provide corrective recommendations.
Inspecting construction techniques, procedures, standards, and materials to ensure construction is performed in accordance with applicable plans and specifications.
Applying quality control and quality assurance practices and procedures to construction projects and applying test procedures and equipment.
Applying safety practices and procedures to construction projects.
Developing and applying construction scheduling techniques, monitoring project progress, identifying causes for delays, and developing and taking corrective action.
Managing financial elements of a construction project, such as monitoring construction project costs, reviewing and certifying contractor requests for progress payments, forecasting total construction costs, and managing budgets.
Analyzing and negotiating pending contract change orders, potential or actual claims, and acceptable cost and time settlements.
Applying computer software to construction project management and fiscal control.
Recognizing impending problems, developing options for action, and recommending solutions.
Preparing and delivering presentations and reports on project status and recommendations.
Demonstrating effective verbal and written communications skills with technical and non-technical personnel.
Displaying effective leadership, team building and consensus building skills with colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES (KSA)
The applicant’s experience, education, and training MUST show that they have an in-depth knowledge of their field and possess the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) appropriate to this Foreign Service position. The applicant MUST have the ability to: Think logically and objectively, demonstrating resourcefulness and judgment.
Express oneself both orally and in writing.
Work and deal effectively with others;
Obtain cooperation and confidence from supervisors and subordinates in performing official duties.
Work with minimum job supervision and a willingness to accept responsibility.
Read in detail, and make decisions based on, plans and architectural diagrams. In addition to meeting the requirements above, applicants MUST possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills, and a strong customer service orientation. Applicants must demonstrate a strong command of the English language to include grammar, spelling and punctuation.