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    jobs_top-300x2381Job Title:Regional Commissioner, Public Buildings Service

    Department:General Services Administration

    Agency:Public Buildings Service

    Job Announcement Number:15110011


    $120,749.00 to $173,720.00 / Per Year


    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to Wednesday, November 5, 2014




    Full-Time – Permanent


    1 vacancy – Chicago, IL View Map
    1 vacancy – New York, NY View Map


    All qualified applicants with U.S. citizenship.
    You MUST apply online to be considered for this vacancy. Please review this announcement in its entirety for specific information on how to apply.


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    About the Agency

    The General Services Administration is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within GSA, the Federal government and the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process for this position using the resume-based hiring method which will require you to submit an online resume (not-to-exceed 5 pages, including an optional cover letter) to apply for this position.

    The Regional Commissioner is a senior leadership position within the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration. The mission of PBS is to provide effective, mobile, sustainable workplace solutions for Federal agencies at the best value for the American taxpayer. PBS’s national real estate portfolio is comprised of 376 million square feet of workspace for over one million Federal employees in 2,100 American communities; this includes over 9,000 leased and owned buildings, courthouses, land ports of entry and warehouses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. As the real estate arm of the Federal Government, PBS is a major force for innovation in the design, construction and operation of owned and leased Federal buildings, facilities, and campuses.

    As the PBS Regional Commissioner (RC) in the Great Lakes Region (Region 5), you will serve as the chief executive for PBS in the region, responsible for all aspects of real estate strategy, operations, personnel, and budget in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

    Public Buildings Service
    Great Lakes Region
    Chicago, IL

    As the PBS Regional Commissioner (RC) in the Northeast and Caribbean Region (Region 2), you will serve as the chief executive for PBS in the region, responsible for all aspects of real estate strategy, operations, personnel, and budget in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Public Buildings Service
    Northeast and Caribbean Region
    New York, NY



    • Occasional Travel
    • Occasional travel may be required.


    • Yes
    • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be authorized for this position and may be paid by the General Services Administration as allowed by regulation. A one-year service agreement is required if relocation expenses are paid.


    • Resume-based hiring method
    • Resume must not exceed 5 pages, including an optional cover letter
    • Resume must be received by the closing date of the announcement
    • Veterans preference is not applicable to the SES.
    • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
    • Apply online (See How to Apply section)


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    The Regional Commissioner (RC) manages several hundred Federal personnel, a large annual operating, leasing and capital budget, and the operations, maintenance and construction of Federal office space, United States courthouses, land ports of entry, state-of-the-art laboratories, and warehouses within their region. The RC is accountable for positive customer experiences, successful business and policy outcomes, and fostering a culture of innovation and excellence among regional staff.

    Further, the Regional Commissioner:

    • Provides leadership, accountability and direction in the planning, development, implementation, and administration of critical PBS initiatives for the region, including efforts to: right-size the Federal real estate portfolio by improving office space utilization; introduce Federal tenants to modern open floor plans; and improve energy efficiency by leveraging state-of-the-art facilities management technology to make informed building management decisions.
    • Using a metrics-driven approach to management, the individual implements national business measures for regional programs, and sets additional specific regional goals. The RC holds the region accountable for adherence to Federal laws, regulations, and GSA policies.
    • Serves as the top customer relationship manager in the region, ensuring responsiveness and high quality project delivery.
    • Responsible for preparing and executing annual and long-term plans and budgets for PBS programs within the region, consistent with established national policies.
    • Directs program need and workload assessments and develops appropriate resource strategies to ensure successful program execution, making often difficult resource allocation decisions.
    • Ensures accountability and transparency in financial planning, decision-making and reporting, and ensures sound investment of government financial resources and integrity of the Federal acquisition process.
    • Accountable for maintaining an outcomes-oriented workplace, a sustainable workplace, a place people want to work, and an organization that engages and inspires its employees.
    • Establishes and maintains a collaborative culture in which business lines work together to exceed customer expectations, and encourages PBS employees to employ their own and the organization’s collective expertise to respond to customer requirements, set expectations, and deliver a high quality and sustainable workspace.
    • Represents the region and the Regional Administrator as well as PBS and the PBS Commissioner with regional Federal agencies, members of Congress, members of the Federal Judiciary, local government officials, planning groups, contractors, and the general public.
    • Serves as the top advisor to the Regional Administrator, PBS Commissioner, and other GSA officials on all matters relating to public buildings and real property programs in the region, the RC helps to maintain positive relationships with community and business organizations, the general public, and local, state, and Federal government representatives.


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    All applicants must meet the Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification requirements listed below to be eligible for consideration. Eligibility will be based on a clear demonstration that the applicant’s training and experience are of the scope, quality and level of responsibility sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this executive position.


    1. Demonstrated experience managing and leading a complex, multifaceted real property organization, through continual, metrics-based evaluation and appraisal of goals and objectives, in one or more of the following elements: asset and portfolio management and strategy; design and construction; leasing; facilities management; property disposal; and customer relations.

    2. Experience creating, executing and evaluating long-term business plans and budgets, and making sound financial and resource allocation decisions.

    3. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with other programs and officials in providing the highest levels of customer focus and satisfaction; ability to build positive relationships with, and effectively present, defend, or negotiate major real property plans, strategies, and decisions with a broad range of executive level decision-makers, stakeholders and customers.


    1. Demonstrated knowledge of procurement and contract administration, sustainable building and procurement practices, as well as other business lines, such as telecommunications, finance, space planning/interior design/furniture procurement, and information technology.


    1. Leading Change – This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    2. Leading People – This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    3. Results Driven – This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    4. Business Acumen – This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. Building Coalitions – This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    For guidance on how to address the ECQ’s, please refer to the “Guide to SES Qualifications” at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf.

    • This position is a critical-sensitive national security position and appointment requires that you undergo a single scope background investigation and that the GSA security office grant you a Top Secret national security clearance. Applicants do not need this level of clearance in order to apply. If you are not a GSA employee, the security office must grant the clearance before you are appointed to this position unless a pre-appointment waiver of this requirement is approved.
    • If tentatively selected, you will be required to submit a Declaration for Federal Employment.
    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 will be required to complete a certification document confirming their selective service status.
    • Persons selected for their initial appointment to an SES position must have their executive qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management before being appointed to the position.
    • If selected, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously successfully completed a one-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service.
    • Veteran’s preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
    • If selected, you must file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) upon appointment in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
    • This position has been designated under Executive Order 12564 as being subject to random drug screening. If tentatively selected for this position, you may be required to submit to a urinalysis screen for illegal drugs prior to appointment. Appointment to the position will be contingent upon your receiving a negative test result.


    An SES review panel will evaluate your resume based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check and may be required to provide a writing sample, work plan or submit to an online assessment instrument. If selected, you must be certified by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current or former career SES member or have successfully completed an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive QRB certification before you can be appointed to the position.
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    You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/performance/benefits.asp


    TELEWORK: GSA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and keep talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. Telework by Federal employees also reduces energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and traffic congestion. At the discretion of the supervisor(s) of these positions, they may be designated as telework eligible.


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    GSA is only accepting online resumes for this position. Your complete application package must be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern) on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Errors or omissions may result in your application package not being considered for this vacancy. A description of the online process is provided below.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume. Please note: Your resume (not-to-exceed 5 pages, including an optional cover letter), should show possession of the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications listed in this announcement.
    2. Once you have completed this step, select “Apply for this Position Now!”
    3. Complete your personal information within GSAjobs. Once you’ve been redirected to GSA’s automated system, follow the prompts to create, review, or update your personal information.
    4. Respond to all of the vacancy specific questions.
    5. If you are eligible for Non-Competitive Consideration* submit proof of non-competitive eligibility. A “Vacancy Documents” page will automatically be displayed by the GSAjobs system. Though other documents will be listed, the only document that should be submitted via this page is your proof of non-competitive eligibility (if applicable). Review the Required Documents section of this announcement for further information on proof of non-competitive eligibility. You may choose one of the following options to submit your document(s): (a) Upload (b) USAJOBS, or (c) FAX. We strongly recommend you read the “Fax Instructions” provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.
    6. Click the “FINISH’ button. Finally, you’ll receive an ‘Application Review’ page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted. You can save a copy of your submission by selecting the ‘Save PDF’ button. Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE ‘FINISH’ BUTTON to complete and submit your application package.

    Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application package can be considered.Applicants who fail to submit all required information may not receive further consideration for the position.

    *Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application package as noted under Required Documents. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.


    You must submit the following items:

    • Resume (not to exceed 5 pages, including optional cover letter) which demonstrates your experience, accomplishments, training, education and awards, indicating possession of the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications listed in this announcement. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated. PLEASE DO NOT submit the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) in lieu of a resume. PLEASE DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications.
    • Non-competitive applicants: Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. Proof consists of an SF-50 showing your status as a current career SES appointee or reinstatement eligible SES OR a certificate of completion from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (SES CDP).
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