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Interdisciplinary (Deputy Division Chief)

About the Position: This position is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Engineering and Construction Division (E&C). The St. Paul District E&C designs water resource projects to benefit the people of Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northeastern North Dakota, portions of South Dakota and Iowa, and the nation. These projects support inland navigation, flood risk management, and environmental restoration. E&C also provides emergency response to disasters.


  • As Assistant Chief (Deputy), shares and participates fully in the overall planning, coordination, and administration activities within the Engineering and Construction Division (ECD).
  • Provides supervision and direction through four Branch level supervisors and subordinate Section supervisors engaged in the administrative and technical direction of the ECD.
  • Provides advice and guidance for the Commander on ECD policies and procedures. Provides status reports and management guidance in the monitoring of work completion. Reports on dam and levee safety.
  • Reviews and approves governmental estimates. Works with the MVP Quality Manager in preparation of ECD Quality Management Plan for engineering products. Functions as the ECD Quality Manager and oversees the Quality Control of ECD.
  • Supervises, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Division workforce, composed of ~150 engineers, technicians, clerical, and other professionals in grades through GS-14.
  • Analyzes and interprets policies, directives, and regulations governing conduct of work. Recommends policies, methods and procedures. Participates in long-range planning and organizational and personnel changes.
  • Renders advice to Branch and Section Chiefs and makes engineering and construction decisions on complex questions. Makes a general review of completed work for conformance to general plans outlined.
  • Develops and implements the District comprehensive training program for ECD. Ensures adequacy of training/formal training plans for subordinate employees, interns, and trainees. Determines training needs and responds to training requests.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Pursuant to EO 14043, all Federal employees, regardless of duty location or work arrangement, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or before entrance on duty if after November 22, subject to exceptions as required by law.
  • If selected, the agency will provide information regarding what documentation is needed and how to request any legally required exceptions from this requirement.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following:
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a state driver's license.
  • Professional Engineer or Professional Architect Registration/License is required.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Interdisciplinary (Deputy Division Chief):

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); 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.


B. 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 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. See for more detail on acceptable combinations.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes:
  • Applying engineering principles to direct interdisciplinary teams performing complex and comprehensive engineering projects.
  • Recommending policies, methods, procedures, or organizational changes for efficient administration of engineering functions.
  • Supervising and directing the work of employees performing engineering and/or construction duties. and
  • Participating in the development and execution of engineering and/or construction budgets.
This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-13).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Selective Placement Factor: The duties of this position require the incumbent to be registered as a Professional Engineer or Architect. You must possess a current Professional Engineering (PE) or Registered Architect License in good standing issued by any one of the 50 states, or its territories: (Note: You are required to submit your PE or RA up-to-date license from 1 of the 50 states and/or its territories with your applicant package.)

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Administration and Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Technical Competence


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: