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DIA employs a variety of professionals who serve throughout the workforce to ensure successful operations. To view this position’s duties, click Vacancies to be directed to DIA’s online application system. Please make note of the position title and 6-digit Job Opening ID number to which you are interested. You can scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the announcement or click on the “Advanced Search” link and enter in the 6-digit Job Opening ID number in the “Job Opening ID” field.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • – U.S. Citizenship – Drug Test – Security Investigation

All applicants must be U.S. citizens and are subject to a thorough background inquiry.



1. With little to no supervision, completes work, meets priorities, and achieves results
2. Demonstrates strong organizational skills and action tracking capabilities
3. Engages the client to ensure mutual understanding of project expectations in terms of deliverables, timelines, results, and updates
4. Proactively informs client of progress, changes, or issues that could affect delivery of products or services
5. Demonstrates ability to leverage available resources to accomplish project deliverables in timely and effective manner

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements:

1. 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.


2. 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 buildinGG. The adequacy of such background must be
demonstrated by at least one of the following:

1. 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 buildinGG 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

2. 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.

Alternate Requirements for GG-7:

1. Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a Bachelor of Architecture or higher degree in an accredited college or university is qualifying for GG-7.

2. Applicants with an architecture degree who have appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GG-5 or higher may have such experience credited for grade GG-7 only on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months.

(Note: These provisions also apply to graduates of architectural engineering curricula.)

Registration: Candidates registered to practice architecture by one of the State registration boards, using standards in compliance with the basic minimum provisions recommended by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, are recognized as meeting the full requirements for eligibility at GG-11.

Non-qualifying Experience: The following kinds of experience are not acceptable as professional architectural experience: professional landscape architecture work consisting mainly of the layout, design, construction, or maintenance of land areas and landscape features, including ground and water forms, vegetation, roads, walks, incidental structures, and other landscape features; experience in the application of artistic embellishment to practical design such as the decoration of interiors, including the construction, layout, and selection of furniture and furnishinGG that do not alter the basic architectural design of the interior; city and community planning work that relates to the broad social and economic growth and development of such community services and facilities as industry, commerce, transportation, streets, utilities, and parks.

Architectural Registration as a Selective Factor: Registration as a professional architect is an appropriate selective factor for appointment to certain, typically high-level, architect positions. The key consideration is that registration must be essential for acceptable performance of the work of the position to be filled. Accordingly, it is an appropriate requirement for positions with duties and responsibilities that satisfy one of the following criteria:

• Responsibility for final approval of design standards and criteria for designs of major buildinGG and related structures involving public safety where such compliance with State laws meets an essential need of the architectural organization to provide objective evidence to agency management and the public that the work is performed by architects of proven competence.

• Responsibility for architectural determinations concerning contract awards or other major aspects of design and construction work to be performed by architects in the private sector where registration is essential to have their full confidence and respect to achieve cooperation on critical architectural issues.

Some architect positions in the Federal service have duties and responsibilities that would support a requirement for registration. The position description should clearly document the basis for the registration requirement. It would not be appropriate to require that candidates be registered for positions with less responsibility than that indicated above, for positions that involve responsibilities and functions such as research, or for the sole purpose of improving the “image” of architects in the Federal service. Because of the importance of registration for those positions where it is an appropriate requirement, such positions have been characteristically filled by registered professional architects. If a currently filled position is newly identified as requiring a registered architect, the requirement for registration should be waived for the duration of the employee’s incumbency.


Additional information

DIA positions are Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) positions in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. All applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Applicants must meet the agency’s conditions of employment, to include, but not limited to, satisfactory completion of an initial special background investigation and periodic reinvestigation, completion of any required medical examination and physical requirements, completion of any required personal interviews, favorable completion of any required initial or aperiodic polygraph examinations, completion of any required drug test, satisfactory completion of a two-year Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System trial period, and completion of a civilian mobility agreement. All employees are required to sign an agreement not to disclose, in any fashion, classified information to unauthorized persons. All civilian employees are required to participate in the DoD Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer of Pay (DD/EFT) Program. DIA employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Veterans who are preference-eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions are encouraged to apply.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

In order to qualify for this position, your application must include sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position to which you are applying. To view this position’s requirements, click Vacancies to be directed to DIA’s online application system. Please make note of the position title and 6-digit Job Opening ID number to which you are interested. You can scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the announcement or click on the “Advanced Search” link and enter in the 6-digit Job Opening ID number in the “Job Opening ID” field.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please see instructions within the on-line application for this vacancy announcement on the DIA web-site, www.dia.mil.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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