Space Management Specialist Eric
Job Title: Space Management Specialist
Location: Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Space Management Specialists manage projects, assist offices, assess space requirements and plan, manage and coordinate all aspects of interior construction and space renovations. They develop and monitor budgets, assist in acquiring office furniture and direct the moving of furniture and office equipment. They also serve as a source of expertise for senior office managers and personnel from various federal agencies.
How has working at USCIS helped you grow as a professional?
I’m a shy person. Since coming on board, I’ve had to come out of my shell to meet with many senior-level personnel throughout the agency. At times it felt somewhat intimidating at first, but I’ve realized that they’re just like everyone else, and they have certain needs in order to do their jobs. My job is to best assist them in obtaining those things and make their jobs and lives easier. I love being challenged, and USCIS provides me new challenges every day to solve, and that is what makes it fun.
How did you end up at USCIS?
I attended an architectural engineering program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and shortly after graduating, I went to work at a private engineering firm in Greensboro, N.C. From there I developed a passion for architecture.
I moved to Maryland and accepted a position with the Social Security Administration as a space management specialist. I was astonished that the federal government offered this type of occupation, and not long after that, I decided to accept a position with USCIS. It was the best career decision I’ve ever made. I feel this position has developed me into a stronger project manager.
When you first joined USCIS, what surprised you most?
It has to be the teamwork atmosphere. From day one here at USCIS, I’ve never felt as if I’m doing the job by myself. There have been times that I couldn’t complete the job at hand without the assistance and support of my fellow teammates.