Legislative Branch - Washington, DC

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The mission of the Architect of the Capitol is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 460 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC delivers professional expertise on the preservation and curation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to our care. Learn more at


The AOC prides itself on our Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism.

The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitment to holding ourselves to the highest standards.

We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence.

We take great PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Architect of the Capitol applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on .
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DUTIES: (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Planning and Project Management, Project Management Division, The incumbent serves as an Architect, performing a variety of duties that are broad in scope, with respect to the development of architectural working drawings, designs and writing detailed specifications for new construction, interior renovations, and space planning in the Cannon, Longworth and Rayburn Buildings to support the Cannon Renewal Project, as well as other similar work, to support ongoing projects across the Capitol Hill Campus.
Performs design, layout, and interior space planning, utilizing stock furniture inventory, for committee, staff, and member office suites in the House Office Buildings, as well as other locations on campus as required to support other ongoing work. Prepares design and construction documents for smaller or less complex portions of projects. Work is carried out without substantial adaptation or modification of precedents, except for minor deviations, which can be resolved by architectural judgments typical of the profession.
Provides routine suggestions to resolve minor problems. Suggestions are consistent with the design specifications, basic principles, and standards of the profession, and any contractual obligations between the contractor and the Government.
Develops architectural drawings and coordinates with related disciplines using industry standard drafting software. Surveys and documents existing conditions relevant to proposed design modifications. Researches, with guidance available, drawing records for information relevant to proposed changes. Works collaboratively with other design and project management professionals, and coordinates schedules with the project team and Superintendents. Reviews Staging plans, and construction logistics for impacted areas in Congressional Office Buildings related to the Cannon Renewal Project, or other projects as assigned.
Supports the establishment of design prototypes and criteria for all the related projects required to support the Cannon Renewal project, as well as other projects as assigned. Develops presentation quality drawings using industry standard modeling and imaging software to communicate standards, criteria, and prototype design decisions to project leaders, and project stakeholders.

Performs architecture project planning duties, such as scheduling and layout of construction, planning for budget requirements, and inspection and surveillance of materials, methods, and equipment used in construction. Organizes, schedules, coordinates, and facilitates the timing, sequence, quality, quantity, and issues related to all such projects and work requests.

Provides advice and guidance when technical interpretation, opinion, or decisions are solicited. Consultations involve assessment of architectural design, modification, evaluations, specifications, construction, maintenance, improvements, repair, logistics support, operational capabilities and limitations, safety, or personnel training.


Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to meet and deal with others.

Ability to plan, manage, or administer architecture projects or programs.

Knowledge of architectural design principles, concepts, and practices.

Skills in design and drafting software (Microstation/Autocad)

Skills in graphic design, presentation, and modeling Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sketchup, etc.)

Skills in project management software (Microsoft Project, SharePoint, InfoPath, Access)

Skills in general office software (Egs. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Professional)



A. Applicants must show successful completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in architecture or related field that included 60 semester/90 quarter hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester/45 quarter hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester/9 quarter hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental controls systems.


B. 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 techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had either specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below. Education and experience may be combined to meet the total experience requirements.

1. The applicant must have completed two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree when it provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.


2. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

See Other Information for further requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

BENEFITS: See Other Information.

OTHER INFORMATION: This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Planning and Project Management, Project Management Division


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If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located at 441 2nd & D Streets, Southwest, Washington D.C., Room 178 for technical assistance in entering your application on the computer. You may call 202-226-7000 for directions.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.


This is an Excepted Service position in the Architect of the Capitol, a Legislative Branch agency of the Federal government. The position does not require or confer civil service Competitive Status.

The Office of the Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This Office prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability.

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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation; training and development opportunities, etc.

Selected applicant(s) may be eligible to earn a higher annual leave accrual rate credit towards annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal or uniformed service work experience. The amount of service credit will be based on specialized experience or qualifying experience that is provided on the applicant profile submitted. As such, if you are a new employee to the Federal Government or a rehire, it is important that you provide a work history that lists all directly related positions held, and it must include the dates of employment (month/day/year).

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.

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. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-VERIFY system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or must be authorized to work in the United States.

Welcome Veterans. 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.

Selectee(s) 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.