Construction Analyst (Cost Estimator)

$57,659 - $108,705 yearly
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • May 22, 2020
Full time Construction Engineering Government

Job Description

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit https://careers.fema.gov/ for additional information.

FEMA's Public Assistance Consolidated Resource Center in Sacramento, CA supports communities in their recovery from disasters across the Western United States. We provide Federal disaster assistance in the forms of grants to help local governments rebuild infrastructure after a disaster; to cover the costs of protecting communities before, during, and after a disaster; and to remove disaster-related debris. We're looking for motivated self-starters who strive to provide better products and experiences to communities who need our help. A wide range of positions are available to include grant developers, data analysts, information managers, and cost estimators, architects, and engineers.

Costing Specialist (Construction Analyst)

The ideal candidate can develop cost estimates for repairs and reconstruction of infrastructure, roads, and/or public facilities. The individual will serve as a Costing Specialist (Construction Analyst) at the Public Assistance (PA) Consolidated Resource Center (CRC) and will develop scopes of work and cost estimates for Public Assistance grants. Typical duties include:

  • Developing cost estimates and scopes of work (method of repair/reconstruction) for disaster-related repairs and reconstruction of infrastructure, roads, and/or public facilities.
  • Reviewing cost estimates from other parties to ensure they are reasonable, accurate, and in compliance with applicable standards.
  • Communicating with external and internal stakeholders to streamline grant delivery.
  • Identifying missing information and coordinating with counterparts to resolve.
  • Identifying potential eligibility issues and addressing those issues in coordination with leadership in field and Consolidated Resource Center offices.

STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: Cadre of On Call Response Employee (CORE) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Requirements for Applicants

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Travel will be required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below:

To qualify for this position at the IC-09 ($57,659) level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-07 level in federal service.  This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  1. Developing cost estimates for construction or repair projects.
  2. Communicating with external and internal stakeholders.

OR

  • master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR
  • 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR
  • LL.B. or J.D., if related

OR

  • Combination of education and experience

To qualify for this position at the IC-11 ($69,761) level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-09 level in federal service.  This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  1. Developing cost estimates for construction or repair projects.
  2. Collaborating with internal or external partners to ensure cost estimates are accurate and in compliance with applicable standards.

OR

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR
  • 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR
  • LL.M, if related

OR

  • Combination of education and experience

To qualify for this position at the IC-12 ($83,615) level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-11 level in federal service.  This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  1. Developing cost estimates for construction or repair projects.
  2. Reviewing or revising cost estimates for accuracy and compliance with applicable standards.
  3. Collaborating with internal or external stakeholders.

Selective Placement Factor:  In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:

Education

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- architecture, engineering, building construction, or other fields related to the position.

OR

Experience

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience in the preparation or review of plans, specifications, or estimates of materials and costs for the construction, extension, alteration, or repair of buildings. Applicants should have knowledge of the residential construction field, and experience in the development of plans and specifications, and in negotiation work. This experience may have been obtained working as a contractor or as a draftsperson in an architectural engineering firm. However, any drafting experience must have provided an opportunity to acquire technical knowledge.

Appropriate experience includes working with diverse construction materials (brick, lumber, reinforced concrete, steel) and types of structures (housing, single-family dwellings and multi-family apartment units, and industrial and commercial structures). Applicants should be familiar with matters such as planning a subdivision, laying out traffic flow in a multi-family apartment structure, or working out specification problems in plans.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.