Department of Defense Education Activity Lead Facilities Engineer in Sobe, Japan

Department of Defense Education Activity
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Sobe, Japan
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 11/29/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/12/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Department of Defense (DoD) Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

Mission Statement: The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), through its Community Strategic Plan, has made a commitment to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities by which they live. The mission to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world is achieved through its five strategic goals of Student, School, Talent, Organization, and Outreach Excellence. DoDEA is a major Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity with worldwide scope. DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for DoD dependents. DoDEA consists of three regions, DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe, and DoDEA Pacific and a total of eight school districts located overseas and in the U.S. and its territories. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. DoDEA has established three Centers for Instructional Leadership (CIL) in Europe, the Pacific and the Americas, each with satellite offices for remote locations.

If you are applying through Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures, the following information applies to you:

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens.

*If you are applying through Merit procedures, the following information applies to you: WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: *This announcement is open to: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management(OPM): Veterans with disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) eligible, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligible (Up to GS-11 only), Interchange Agreement (i.e. NAF, DCIPS) eligible, Overseas Family Members, Military Spouses and Individuals with disabilities. Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: Veteran Status : Current DoDEA Civilian Employees: Overseas Military Spouses: Overseas Family Members: Overseas Excepted Service Family Member: Persons with Disability :

*Priority consideration will be given to military spouse preference eligibles residing in the commuting area of the duty location for this position. Commuting area is defined as the geographic area surrounding the duty location in which people can reasonably be expected to travel back and forth daily. *

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive).


As a Lead Facilities Engineer you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Serve as the Lead Facilities Engineer, program manager/coordinator and technical advisor, responsible for all life cycle phases of the total educational facilities program for assigned schools.
  • Lead employees in the performance of work objectives set by the supervisor.
  • Assign work according to expertise, requirements, and workload.
  • Responsible for selection and/or coordination of new facilities sites to be within the guidelines of military master plans.
  • Ensure team members are utilizing the most current regulatory guidelines and practices.
  • Assure team efforts are accurate, complete, and supportive of work mission.
  • Serve as organizational point of contact on assigned projects, working with a variety of staff members throughout the life cycle of assigned facilities projects within the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for the development or coordination functions relating to facilities of substantial complexity and variety that are located in a number of geographical locations.
  • Conduct facility assessments and identifies deficiencies with associated cost estimates for systems repairs.


  • Overseas tour of duty for Sobe, Okinawa, Japan is 24 months. For more information: And
  • Incumbent may be subject to the 5-year foreign area limitation according to the DoDI 1400.25-V1230, dated 26 July 2012.
  • Status candidates who are currently overseas, must have enough time, per the 5 year limitation, to meet the initial tour stated above. Waivers may not be granted, to meet the 5 year requirement.
  • Status candidates who have returned from an overseas tour, and have not been on a CONUS assignment for at least 2 continuous years, may be disqualified. NOTE: If you have not completed 5 years overseas and return to a CONUS assignment, that time spent overseas counts towards the 5 year limitation, unless you have been in the States for at least 2 continuous years.
  • Candidates are not allowed to PCS twice in 1 year.
  • You may be required to sign a transportation agreement.
  • Pre-appointment overseas medical examination and security clearance will be required for selected candidates and dependents who may accompany member on overseas assignment. Medical clearance must be maintained and renewed at a minimum of every 2 years as a condition of employment for overseas rotations.
  • Medical Care: Applicants who have family members with special medical needs should ensure that prior to accepting a position overseas their family members' medical needs can be met. Access to care in a military treatment facility may not be available to civilian employees except on a space available basis. Consequently, host nation medical facilities may be the only care available. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location.
  • Individuals hired from the Continental United States (CONUS) and their family members (who are US citizens) are required to obtain Official Passports prior to departure to the overseas area. May be subjected to a variety of environmental conditions typical of the overseas areas in which traveling, to include the potential for exposure to acts of terrorism.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Rarely
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is Authorized
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is an overseas position.
  • ### Qualifications

This position has a Basic Requirement for the 0801 series:

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

Written Test-- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive

*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts or any of the required documents, will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See:* for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the *MAJOR DUTIES * and* QUALIFICATIONSsections of this announcement by Monday, December 12, 2016.

You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Examples of creditable specialized experience are identified in the duties of this announcement and may also include:

  • Review master plan and other agency planning documents for technical and functional adequacy for proposed school facilities.
  • Perform duties as a Lead Facilities Engineer by planning, implementing and completing special projects for the Facilities Branch, such as the development of procedures and programs for use by all Facilities Branch engineers.
  • Develop and prepare facilities surveys, evaluations, and utilization studies.
  • Work with military services' facilities engineering corps to determine the most effective course of action to execute major military construction (MILCON) to include, if applicable, host nation coordination.
  • Work with major facilities projects for new construction, S/RM projects, facilities repair and abatement projects, landscaping, playground, sports fields, personnel emergency alerting systems, and school safety.
  • Assist in the development of memoranda of understandings, cooperative agreements, leases, build to lease contracts, and project management plans, necessary for the various aspects of all assigned facilities.
  • Analyze requirements for facilities improvements and provides rationale and justification for submitting and scheduling projects to higher authorities.
  • Manage the sustainment/renovation and modernization (S/RM) services for schools within the assigned geographic region, work to resolve construction deficiencies, warranty issues, and approves remedies.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Knowledge of architectural, engineering, construction, and maintenance engineering principles and techniques to perform engineering work on major facilities

2. Knowledge of regulatory requirements and technical design directives, handbooks, codes, etc

3. Knowledge of the features, capabilities, and use of Computer Aided Design Drafting (CADD) systems to review and manipulate electronic files of engineering drawings

4. Ability to develop and present oral and/or written presentations

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Not Authorized
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Standard
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is Not telework eligible
  • OVERSEAS POSITION: If you are applying for a vacancy located overseas additional information regarding overseas employment can be found at
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: For more information please visit


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  • Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of overseas.
  • Delegated Examining -Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 180 days.
  • Candidates must meet the physical and suitability standards both prior to and during employment in this position.
  • All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

Citizenship/Ordinarily Resident Status: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are not considered Ordinarily Resident under the applicable Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). An ordinarily resident is anyone who has lived in the host country longer than the allowed number of days without being a member of the forces assigned, civilian component or a family member of either the aforementioned or who has obtained a work permit for any duration. Ordinarily Resident restrictions apply and vary depending on the host nation. (Remove once we find a link to replace text above)

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Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $73,846.00 to $96,004.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0801-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 457689800

Job Announcement Number: DoDEA-HQ-17-1859218-B