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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Architect of the Capitol
Position Title:
Facilities Operations Specialist
Open Period:
02/13/2019 - 03/01/2019


GS - 1640 12
USD $81,548 - USD $106,012
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is an Excepted Service position and does not require or confer Civil Service Competitive Status
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
MGS Help Desk


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent, Full Time
Marketing Statement:

The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 18.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 570 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. Learn more at  The AOC prides itself on its Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Professionalism, Pride and Safety.


The position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent House Office Buildings, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities Support Division. The incumbent serves as a Facilities Operations Specialist responsible for the identification and management of maintenance tasks required in the House Office Buildings, primarily in the Ford House Office Building and the O’Neill House Office Building. Core hours 6:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required



Oversight of Contractor Operations

  • Serves as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR). Manages projects covering all crafts, trades and services. Oversees the preparation of contract specifications, surveillance plans, payment schedules and technical evaluation plans. Interprets contract specifications in regular dealings with contractors and customers. Witnesses and certifies for the government the technical acceptance of equipment and services provided by contractors.

  • Initiates inspection test procedures, contract modifications and standards checklists for evaluating contractor procedures and operations. Applies statistical sampling techniques to obtain and validate data. Uses evaluation methods which provide a systematic and equitable review and basis for determining acceptability or non-acceptability of performance. Evaluates the contractor's quality control system as incorporated into terms of the contract.

  • Reviews all work performed through completed work orders. Ensures adequacy and progress of work are commensurate with contract requirements. Justifies monetary adjustments in payments as required. Maintains contact with contractor personnel to exchange factual data, to secure cooperation in correcting deficiencies and to examine and evaluate contractor performance. Recommends solutions to problems and attempts to reach agreement on controversial issues with the CO.

Facility Maintenance Operations

  • Serves as advisor to the Assistant Superintendent for all issues related to facilities management, operations and maintenance, reliability-centered maintenance, continuous commissioning, utilities management and quality assurance and maintenance contract compliance.

  • Develops and implements plans for performance of preventive maintenance, scheduled and unscheduled work and facility sustainment. Confers with building occupants and their representatives on their requirements and the status of ongoing or near-term maintenance activities. Regularly confers with service and material suppliers on the status of activities and deliverables.

  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of the Ford and O’Neill Buildings, their utilities and grounds. Coordinates maintenance, repair and construction projects with customers as the representative of the Assistant Superintendent.

  • Reviews and analyzes proposed and ongoing facility construction and alteration projects. Initiates action for correction or improvements as needed. Serves as a technical expert for the Facilities Support Division. Furnishes technical suggestions and advice on equipment projects.

  • Studies operational requirements, development plans and reports, operations and maintenance requirements, contractor plans and reports and other references to become thoroughly familiar with the background and status of major utility systems within the Ford and O’Neill Buildings.

  • Utilizes a comprehensive knowledge of facility-related operating functions to identify critical issues and determine how they may be resolved and accomplished and to determine facility and customer support requirements.

  • Initiates and recommends program or procedural changes to improve performance. Notes weaknesses or likely failures encountered and their probable causes. Recommends or implements modifications and or corrections. Determines suitability and adaptability of all program aspects.

  • Conducts conferences with customers to establish organization priorities in order to prepare program budgets. Assures that projects, plans and programs comply with statutory and regulatory requirements and limitations and interprets available written guidance to ensure work classification compliance with budget and accounting requirements.

  • Recommends options for preventive maintenance and major maintenance including approaches to be used.

  • Develops and implements a program to manage recurring work such as repetitive service calls. Publishes guidance to building occupants for providing notification of recurring services and requesting unscheduled services.

Coordination of Facility Maintenance Operations

  • Develops schedules for work within the Ford and O’Neill Buildings and coordinates these schedules with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Works with building occupant representatives to identify, obtain approval of and schedule user requested work within the Ford and O’Neill Buildings.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • Education Requirements:
    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. 

    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:
    • Contract Administration
    • Facilities Management
    • Hazardous Materials Management
    • Communication
    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.

    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).

    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
    Specialized experience 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.
    For the GS-12, you must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is defined as (1) Managing a maintenance program for building complexes or other special-purpose installations, including planning maintenance activities, developing preventive maintenance programs, and budget planning; (2) Conducting surveillance activities over construction and maintenance operations performed by a variety of private contractors, including reviewing project plans and specifications for workability; (3) Serving as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or equivalent.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency Benefits:

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

    The Architect of the Capitol offers eligible employees opportunity to participate in the Student Loan Repayment Program.

    Other Information:

    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. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System.  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.
    DRUG TESTING: 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.
    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. For more information on E-Verify, please visit 

    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.

    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.
    Moving expenses are not authorized.
    Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    Probationary Period - 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.

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

    All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    If you are a new user to the USAJOBS Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJOBS user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help with setting up an account or for general assistance in using USAJOBS, go to USAJOBS Help Page.
    If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS “Saved Documents” feature.

    If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center for technical assistance in entering your application. The Employment Center is located at 441 Second & D Streets S.W., Washington, D.C., Room H2-178, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call (202) 226-7000 for directions.
    Required Documents:
    The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

    To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

    We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

    Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

    For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

    If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

    If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.
    Next Steps:
    You will receive a notice generated by the USAJOBS System when you have successfully submitted your application. We will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  
    You can check the status of your application by logging into You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJOBS Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within two (2) weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.