Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Office of Security Programs (OSP), Assistant Director, Security Infrastructure Division. The selectee will serve as Facilities Project Manager (Security Projects) and perform a variety of project management tasks in support of the AOC security infrastructure program. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Reviews and evaluates project status for attainment of objectives with a focus on classified projects up to the Top Secret. Ensures the efficient and effective accomplishment and coordination of the planning, developing and direction of assigned classified projects. Develops authoritative responses to project questions and issues. Ensures that classified projects meet requirements while preserving historically significant building characteristics.<br /><br />Incorporates knowledge of blast modeling, design and analysis into effective project designs and articulate clear, guiding criteria during early project phases.<br /><br /><strong>OTHER DUTIES INCLUDE:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Plans programs and oversees the planning, design, construction schedules and budgets to assure that the project is completed within guidelines and on time. Initiates, manages, administers and approves plans that translate project objectives into completed functional phases. Advises on the effectiveness of funding and staffing estimates to assure that there are sufficient resources to support project objectives.</li> <li>Reviews and approves operating plans and approaches, establishes overall project priorities, procedures and short and long-range goals. Reviews project criteria, construction progress and contract modifications and conceives and/or approves or processes the approval of major changes. Evaluates progress against established milestones and objectives by analyzing information presented and directs actions required to maintain established schedules and budgets and to assure the attainment of goals and objectives. Provides oversight of modernization projects, including constructability issues, tenant coordination, quality and value engineering reviews.</li> <li>Provides guidance and assistance to the Assistant Director, Security Infrastructure in development of requirements for classified security infrastructure construction projects. Ensures that organizational strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated and incorporated into strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and services. Ensures planning and associated coordination with AOC's Planning and Project Management Office for all of OSP's Line Item Construction Program (LICP) projects.</li> <li>Implements project guidance and policy formulation. Assures projects are within the framework of AOC policies, programs and objectives. Assures that classified projects incorporate the most advanced science and technology and that it is structured, staffed and managed to be responsive to requirements.</li> <li>Develops goals and objectives, establishing priorities and approving milestones. Interprets AOC directives and guidance for impact on all operational matters. Develops implementation/execution plans. Reviews program execution, assesses and evaluates the effectiveness of operations and support relationships and recommends program changes.</li> <li>Develops and coordinates programs for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities associated with classified security infrastructure. Studies problems inherent in incorporating, maintaining or renovating projects of historic significance under the jurisdiction of the OSP, devises immediate solutions and guidance for future work.</li> <li>Monitors the progress of priority and/or high visibility programs/projects and keeps informed of progress through the review of reports, programming documents and other program material.</li> <li>Ensures environmental, sustainability, safety, security and reliability requirements are incorporated in assigned design and construction projects. Participates in performance testing, inspection and acceptance of completed construction to include mechanical, power and heating/air conditioning subsystems.</li> <li>Conducts periodic visits to the field to provide on-site guidance, advice and line-item review of programs/projects. Independently determines the source of and resolves problems relating to design and construction delays, excessive costs and other technical problems. Initiates corrective actions in coordination with the appropriate AOC offices or jurisdictions. When directed, represents the Security Infrastructure Division as an expert at meetings and conferences.</li> <li>Interfaces with representatives of the U.S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol Police, Senate Sergeant at Arms, House Sergeant at Arms and AOC offices and jurisdictions and Executive Branch agencies on security infrastructure related projects and programs.</li> <li>Responsible for planning, developing and leading team members in carrying out all work activities within the broadly defined mission and functions established by the supervisor.</li> <li>Performs accurate assessments and to provide timely technical input. Must clearly articulate the essence of technical issues and positions between representatives of the various offices and agencies.</li> <li>Must follow all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen.</li> <li>You must be able to pass a drug test.</li> <li>Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.</li> <li>You must meet the definition of specialized experience.</li> <li>You must meet the education requirement.</li> <li>You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.</li> </ul> <br /> . <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards <br /><br /><strong> Specialized experience </strong> is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.<br /><br />Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Applicant must possess one full year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in private or public sector.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience is defined as having experience in the following areas:</strong> (1) Evaluating studies, plans, design specifications and progress reports for architectural, engineering and construction processes and projects; (2) Performing classified or physical security infrastructure program management; (3) Performing infrastructure project planning and management; and (4) Serving as Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent.<br /><br /><strong>An understanding of blast modeling, design and analysis is preferred but not required.</strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>For Engineers:</strong><br /> This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in professional engineering from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum<br /><br />OR<br /><br />A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field, such as architecture, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision or guidance.<br /><br /><strong>For Architects:</strong><br /> This position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems<br /><br />OR<br /><br />Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following:<br /> <li> Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted.</li> <li> Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had 1 year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.</li> <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Welcome Veterans.</strong> The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide <br /><br /><strong>If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the</strong> <strong>Selective Service System</strong>. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.<br /><br /><strong>DRUG TESTING</strong>: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.<br /><br />The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.<br /><br />The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http: www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm <br /><br />The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.<br /><br />This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.<br /><br />Moving expenses are not authorized.<br /><br />Relocation expenses are not authorized.<br /><br /><strong>Probationary Period </strong><strong>- </strong>A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.<br /><br />This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.<br /><br />All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. <br /><br /><strong>Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:</strong><br /><br />KSA1 – Mastery of and skill in applying an extensive range of knowledge of architecture/engineering methods, principles and techniques and the expert ability to apply this knowledge to very difficult and complex projects; knowledge of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs of materials and equipment; and the ability to understand project tracking and scheduling processes; and the ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering documents and specifications.<br /><br />KSA2 – Comprehensive, intensive and practical knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, practices, regulations, policies and precedents involved with techniques used in the various civil/structural/architectural/mechanical construction projects sufficient to identify, evaluate and recommend appropriate solutions to resolve complex interrelated problems and issues.<br /><br />KSA3 – Ability to create new or changing design efforts and negotiate specifications of design changes with organizational elements or contractors to resolve constructability problems.<br /><br />KSA4 – Professional knowledge of contract administration requirements and application of quality surveillance methods, practices and techniques to monitor technical projects and evaluate contractor's performance.<br /><br />KSA5 – Knowledge of and skill in written and oral communications and mediation techniques sufficient to effectively describe, explain, influence and negotiate concerning program objectives, problems and solutions to diverse audiences.<br /><br />KSA6 – Ability to lead and effectively collaborate and interact with team members.<br /><br />Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.<br /><br />Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Top Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.<br /><br />To apply for this position, <strong>you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. </strong>The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. <strong>No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application. </strong><br /><br /><strong>Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division</strong>. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.<br /><br />For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.<br /><br />If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).<br /><br />Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.


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