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Interior Designer - Houston


Posted: 4/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2407828

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Overview

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas is one of the largest district courts among the country's 94 federal judicial districts. The Southern District of Texas consists of the following seven divisional offices:  Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston, Laredo, McAllen and Victoria.

We are seeking qualified applicants for the developmental position of Interior Designer. This Houston based position will work closely with executive level internal clients in satisfying the evolving spatial demands of this dynamic and diverse federal court district. The selected candidate will report to the Facilities and Construction Manager.

The starting salary for this position is $57,031 - $85,475 (CL 27/28), depending on qualifications and with potential promotional opportunity.

Representative Duties

The incumbent will be responsible for courthouse project design development, construction documentation, and oversight of facility maintenance of all court facilities. This unique position requires a blend of architectural design, construction knowledge, interior design experience, and project management skills to achieve the goal of providing outstanding customer service. Excellent communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize multiple projects, as well as seeing each project to scheduled completion is critical. 

Representative duties include:

  • Coordinating and maintaining routine project management responsibilities for multiple new construction, repair, alteration, and interior projects with internal clients, the General Services Administration (GSA), and their respective contractors.
  • Performing technical reviews of plans and specifications for tenant alterations, cyclical maintenance and new projects to ensure compliance with general project integrity, conformity, and quality standards as defined by the "U.S. Courts Design Guide."
  • Work with internal customers to design efficient workspaces and select furnishing while ensuring compliance with procurement regulations.
  • Attending project meetings, reviewing change orders, reviewing specifications, conducting construction walkthroughs, and preparing and maintaining files of documents, schedules, finishes, catalog cuts and drawings.
  • Responsible for tracking, analyzing, and reporting on project expenditures and project progress to the Court Unit Executive (CUE).
  • Monitoring, coordinating, and acting on day-to-day facilities management issues involving building systems, technology, structures, and grounds.
  • Working with GSA Building Managers, GSA Project Managers and their contractors to resolve problems while keeping internal clients informed of service status.
  • Coordinating and monitoring office moves with various internal stakeholders.
  • Coordinating project security issues with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and their contractors, as necessary.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management, or similar discipline.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of concepts used in facility planning, architectural and interior design, and project management.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in interpreting shop drawings, architectural, engineering plans and specifications.
  • Four years specialized related experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of contracting regulations, and construction documents.
  • Experience working with GSA and their construction regulations preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to relate to all levels of the Federal Judiciary and to travel to offices within the district, sometimes on short notice.
  • Experience using AutoCAD, Bluebeam, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Word and Excel.


Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or able to prove that they are currently seeking U.S. citizenship.  Click here for additional information concerning the citizenship requirement.

Participation in the interview process is at the applicant's own expense. Applicants may be asked to take proficiency tests. The Court will only communicate with those qualified applicants who are selected for an interview.  If you are not notified, another applicant was selected.

Employees of the United States Courts are not included in the government's Civil Service classification.  They are, however, entitled to the same benefits as other federal government employees.  Employees who work for the Court are considered "at will" and work at the pleasure of the Court. 

As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be subject to a background check, credit check and/or records check with law enforcement agencies.  Also, this position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer participation for payment of net pay. 

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time before the closing date, any of which may occur without prior written notice.