Construction Analyst Cost Estimator Job

Vacancy No. 21NRCA007LB-DHA Department General Services Administration - Agency Wide
Salary $76,721.00 to $144,676.00 Grade 12 to 13
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 11/23/2020 Close Date 9/3/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 11/23/2020 to 09/30/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12 - 13

  • Salary

    $76,721 to $144,676 per year

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • Birmingham, AL FEW vacancies
  • Huntsville, AL FEW vacancies
  • Phoenix, AZ FEW vacancies
  • Tucson, AZ FEW vacancies
  • Los Angeles, CA FEW vacancies
  • Sacramento, CA FEW vacancies
  • San Diego, CA FEW vacancies
  • San Francisco, CA FEW vacancies
  • Lakewood, CO FEW vacancies
  • District of Columbia, DC FEW vacancies
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL FEW vacancies
  • Miami, FL FEW vacancies
  • Atlanta, GA FEW vacancies
  • Savannah, GA FEW vacancies
  • Honolulu, HI FEW vacancies
  • Chicago, IL FEW vacancies
  • Louisville, KY FEW vacancies
  • Boston, MA FEW vacancies
  • Baltimore, MD FEW vacancies
  • Kansas City, MO FEW vacancies
  • Jackson, MS FEW vacancies
  • Charlotte, NC FEW vacancies
  • Raleigh, NC FEW vacancies
  • Camden, NJ FEW vacancies
  • Las Vegas, NV FEW vacancies
  • New York, NY FEW vacancies
  • Philadelphia, PA FEW vacancies
  • Pittsburgh, PA FEW vacancies
  • Columbia, SC FEW vacancies
  • Memphis, TN FEW vacancies
  • Nashville, TN FEW vacancies
  • Fort Worth, TX FEW vacancies
  • Norfolk, VA FEW vacancies
  • Richmond, VA FEW vacancies
  • Roanoke, VA FEW vacancies
  • Auburn, WA FEW vacancies
  • Charleston, WV FEW vacancies
  • Martinsburg, WV FEW vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    THIS IS A PUBLIC NOTICE: Please review further information below regarding how this posting will be used.

    As a Construction Analyst (Cost Estimator), you will serve as an Estimator and Scheduler for all types of projects, from prospectus level to small program level projects, and serve as the cost manager advocate for the Division. 

    This position is in the Public Buildings Service (PBS), Office of Leasing. We are currently filling many vacancies in a variety of locations.

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    This Notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which there is a critical need of candidates. We have a critical need of qualified applicants for our Construction Analyst (Cost Estimator) positions. To help us fill these jobs, we have been granted “Direct Hire Authority” or DHA. This means that when we have a vacant job, we can hire any qualified candidate, either from this notice or from any source. The benefit of applying to this notice is that your application may be shared with a hiring manager if they request resumes from this notice.

    A few key facts about this DHA notice:

    • Many vacancies may be filled at the GS-12 and 13 levels.
    • Jobs may be located in any of the metropolitan areas listed.
    • Availability of positions vary by location. 
    • Current civil service employees will receive new appointment. if selected under this Direct Hire Authority.

    Each metropolitan area will independently review applications and decide who to interview. For questions about
    the selection process, contact the following:

    • Greater Southeast Region - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN: 404-331-3186
    • New England Region - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT:
    • Great Lakes Region - IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, WI: 312-353-5547
    • Rocky Mountain Region - CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY:
    • Greater Southwest Region - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX:
    • Heartland Region -IA, KS, MO, NE: 404-331-3186
    • Northeast & Caribbean Region - NJ, NY, VI, PR: 212-264-5557
    • Mid-Atlantic Region - DE, MD, PA, VA, WV: 215-446-4973
    • Pacific Rim Region - AZ, CA, NV, HI:
    • Northwest Arctic Region - AK, ID, OR, WA:
    • Washington, DC (Central Office/National Capital Region):
      -Public Buildings Service: 202-538-0427

    If you have general questions about this job posting, or are having difficulty applying, contact us at 816-823-2006

    For information on DHA, please visit


    • Prepares cost estimates with bid level detail for new construction, modernization, lease construction, renovation, repair and lease alteration projects and provides expertise and guidance to project managers on cost, pricing, market, and related items. 
    • Reviews and verifies A/E cost estimates for major systems, large buildings and provides consultation with A/E estimators and Project Managers. 
    • Reviews, verifies, and identifies cost negotiation items within the tenant improvement cost summary from the lessor.
    • Provides consultation and review services for costs and technical review to design teams to ensure projects are designed within budget. 
    • Develops, prepares, and analyzes detailed construction schedules for new, repair and alterations prospectus level design and construction projects for the region as needed, including major multi­-year projects for new Federal construction involving estimates of hundreds of millions of dollars. 
    • Supports or represents lease contracting officers in negotiation with construction company representatives and attorneys to settle significant or controversial claim issues involving estimated costs and payments.
    • Implements cost management quality control procedures, including maintaining common project phase checkpoints for cost and budget checks.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel requirements vary by position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0828 Construction Analyst

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • US Citizens and National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
    • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
    • Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

    If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
    • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
    • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee.  We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
    • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position
    • You may be required to participate in the Region's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), representing the Service and/or GSA as a whole. This may involve participating in COOP meetings and planning activities; performing mission-critical work at a designated location other than the traditional GSA office site (which may be outside of the commuting area); and ensuring that GSA's needs are still being met in the event of an emergency, disaster or otherwise unforeseen circumstance disrupting traditional office operations.


    For each job on your resume, provide:

    • the exact dates you held  each job (from month/year to month/year)
    • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).    

    If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

    For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here

    Starting Pay for all locations will be dependent upon the associated GS-Locality Pay Table for that area. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected. Depending on the locality pay of the duty location, the GS-12 salary range starts as low as $76,721.00 and as high as $121,668 and the GS-13 salary range starts as low as $91,231.00 and as high as $144,676.00 per year. 

    To qualify for the GS-12, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-11.

    Specialized experience is the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates of materials and costs for the construction, extension, alteration, or repair of government, institutional or commercial buildings.

    To qualify for the GS-13, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12.

    Specialized experience is the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates of materials and costs for the construction, extension, alteration, or repair of commercial buildings for multi-million dollar government, institutional or commercial projects.


    Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    • Bargaining Unit status: Varies based on location
    • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid when authorized and approved by appropriate agency officials on a case by case basis.
    • GSA may pay a recruitment incentive to a newly-appointed employee; a relocation incentive to a current employee; or offer annual leave service credit to an applicant with related non-federal or uniformed services work experience. Determinations to pay/allow incentives will be made on a case-by-case basis, subject to funding availability and documentation that the position is "hard-to-fill".
    • Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior non-federal work experience or uniformed service experience.
    • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Certain selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees might be given new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position, if any part of the application is incomplete or missing the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or dismissing you if hired.

    If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified to receive priority(ICTAP/CTAP). Well qualified is defined as possession of the majority of competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position and will be determined, based upon a review of your resume against the following:

    1. Mastery knowledge of the different technical methods and techniques for cost estimating and scheduling, acquired by extensive experience in the design and construction industry.
    2. Ability to accomplish a full range of duties associated with cost estimating complex, multi-­year Government building projects.
    3. Technical knowledge of mechanical, electrical, structural, architecture including finishes and special construction to provide cost estimates for these projects.
    4. Ability to conduct market research on construction activities and identify construction labor and material costs trends in upcoming GSA project locations
    5. Use judgment and initiative in applying and adapting cost engineering where significant departures from established practices and precedents result from factors such as unusual local conditions, complex or unforeseen environmental or site issues, or other state of the art project matters which substantially impact cost considerations.
    6. Technical knowledge of construction methods,  cost estimating and scheduling principles for the Design and Construction industry. 
    7. Knowledge and skill to evaluate and incorporate new developments and exercise judgment to solve a variety of complex problems.
    8. Interprets policy and requirements in terms of established objectives
    9. Ability to implement a Quality Control program for Cost Estimating
    10. Ability to coordinate the work with other technical specialists or staff from other divisions as necessary
    11. Ability to advise regional program managers, project managers, architects, engineers, other estimating personnel, schedulers, subject matter experts, and construction representatives on a diverse range of issues, projects, and concerns.
    12. Ability to effectively communicate technical issues orally and in writing.
    13. Ability to coordinate work efforts with other GSA architects and engineers; to exchange information; and to jointly discuss possible resolutions to technical and cost problems.

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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    • If you are claiming veterans' preference:
      1. Completed SF-15 form
      2. Proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
      3. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service.  If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
      4. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214.
    • If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
    • If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
    • College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s).  If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

    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.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    You will have access to many benefits including:

    • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
    • Life insurance coverage with several options
    • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
    • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Long-term care insurance
    • Training and development

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    This Direct Hire Public Notice will be used to build a list/inventory of applicants that may be referred as vacancies become available.

    You must submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. You can modify/complete your application any time before the vacancy date/time deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, read the Apply for a GSA Job on the GSA website.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.

    • Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
    • Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
    • Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this vacancy.
    • Note: Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).

    Need Assistance in Applying? Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. We are available to assist you Monday-Friday during normal business hours.  You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions. Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

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    This Notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which there is a critical need of candidates. We have a critical need of qualified applicants for our Construction Analyst (Cost Estimator) positions. To help us fill these jobs, we have been granted “Direct Hire Authority” or DHA. This means that when we have a vacant job, we can hire any qualified candidate, either from this notice or from any source.

    The benefit of applying to this notice is that your application may be shared with a hiring manager, if they request resumes from this notice.

    Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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