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Grade: 13

1 Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in order to minimally qualify for this position. Do you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service as defined in the statement below? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Specialized experience is defined as having experience in 5 of the following areas: (1) Supporting the maintenance and operations of a facility such as a botanic garden, greenhouse facility, museum, historic estate, school or similar establishment, including planning for short-, medium-, and long-range needs; (2) Supervising or leading skilled trade employees engaged in facility management or project management; (3) Coordinating capital projects, construction, renovation or maintenance projects, and coordinating work of contractors and employees; (4) Determining staff, equipment, financial and other resources needed to advance construction, renovation or maintenance projects; (5) Performing project management functions, such as establishing and monitoring project timelines and milestones and assigning tasks to employees or contractors; (6) Performing contract administration functions (for example as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent) and documenting and evaluating contract performance.
2 Which of the following BEST describes your experience with contract administration (i.e., developing statements of work (SOW); developing cost comparisons; managing contractor project activities; monitoring contract costs, scheduling, and performance)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience with contract administration.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed contract administration duties on the job.
  • I have performed contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities on the job, with close supervision from my supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
3 Which response best describes your highest level of experience planning and organizing work in difficult circumstances (e.g., tight deadlines, changing resources)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not planned or organized work in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and completing my own work in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and ensuring the completion of employee`s work within my unit in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and ensuring the completion of work performed by cross-functional project teams in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and ensuring the completion of work performed by multiple teams in different functions under my control in difficult circumstances.

Grade: 14

1 Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in order to minimally qualify for this position. Do you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service as defined in the statement below? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Specialized experience is defined as having experience in 5 of the following areas: (1) Managing the maintenance and operations of a facility such as a botanic garden, greenhouse facility, museum, historic estate, school or similar establishment, including planning for short-, medium-, and long-range needs; (2) Supervising or leading a workforce composed of skilled trade teams responsible for providing facility management or project management services; (3) Coordinating and overseeing all aspects of capital planning, construction, renovation and maintenance projects, and coordinating work of contractors and employees; (4) Establishing and executing plans for adequate staff, equipment, financial and other resources needed to advance construction, renovation or maintenance projects; (5) Performing the full range of project management functions, including establishing and monitoring project timelines and milestones, assigning tasks to employees or contractors, and making resource decisions; (6) Performing the full range of contract administration functions (for example as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent), and documenting and evaluating contract performance.
2 Do you possess a bachelor's degree or higher? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Which of the following BEST describes your experience with contract administration (i.e., developing statements of work (SOW); developing cost comparisons; managing contractor project activities; monitoring contract costs, scheduling, and performance)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience with contract administration.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed contract administration duties on the job.
  • I have performed contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities on the job, with close supervision from my supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
4 Which response best describes your highest level of experience planning and organizing work in difficult circumstances (e.g., tight deadlines, changing resources)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not planned or organized work in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and completing my own work in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and ensuring the completion of employee`s work within my unit in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and ensuring the completion of work performed by cross-functional project teams in difficult circumstances.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, and ensuring the completion of work performed by multiple teams in different functions under my control in difficult circumstances.

Grade: All Grades

1 Which administrative tasks have you performed related to supervising others, to include informal relationships such as a team leader? Answer to this question is required
  • Set performance goals for, or in collaboration with, subordinates
  • Performed formal performance appraisal documentation for subordinate staff
  • Interviewed job applicants for hire
  • Made hiring or promotion recommendations or decisions
  • Reviewed and approved/disapproved leave requests
  • Tracked leave usage
  • Recommended training or professional development opportunities for subordinates
  • Resolved informal complaints and grievances
  • Recommended or implemented disciplinary actions
  • None of the above
2 Which tasks have you completed on a regular and recurring basis related to project management? Answer to this question is required
  • Established priorities among multiple, simultaneous projects
  • Established timelines and milestones for a project
  • Initiated projects
  • Closed out projects
  • Monitored project progress against a timeline or milestone schedule
  • Made resource decisions for competing projects
  • Assigned tasks to project members and monitored individuals` performance
  • Resolved contractor performance issues
  • Managed client expectations
  • None of the above
3 Select the issues that you have resolved when managing projects. Answer to this question is required
  • Changes to project scope
  • Need for additional funds when budget was exhausted
  • Negative overall project performance evaluation
  • Unfeasible client expectations for project requirements or outcomes
  • None of the above
4 Please succinctly describe your experience developing, delivering and communicating capital construction projects for a complex of buildings and new construction (in 5,000 characters or less).
Maximum length of 5000 characters. Answer to this question is required
5 Have you ever held a contract administration certification (for example, Contracting Officer`s Technical Representative (COTR), Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), or equivalent)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    5.1 Please list the organization providing the certification(s) and date(s) completed. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
6 Choose the statement that best reflects your highest level of experience monitoring the work of contractors. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience monitoring the work of contractors.
  • I have inspected or monitored the work of contractors and provided status updates to my manager for follow-up.
  • I have monitored, reviewed, and recommended approval/rejection of contractors work to ensure conformance with contract requirements.
  • I have monitored, reviewed, and approved/rejected the work of contractors to ensure conformance with contract requirements.
7 Which activities have you performed to communicate orally with clients? Answer to this question is required
  • Gathered general information in an unstructured setting
  • Solicited specific information in a structured setting (e.g., use of scripted questions or planned topics of discussion)
  • Explained project limitations and restrictions
  • Provided project status updates
  • Answered non-technical questions
  • Responded to complaints or client concerns
  • None of the above
8 Which interpersonal skills have you routinely applied in a work setting? Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitating the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties
  • Providing direction, guidance, or instruction to staff
  • Persuading and/or inspiring others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques
  • Diffusing confrontational situations with people who were frustrated, argumentative, or upset
  • Developing trusting, productive working relationships with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Promoting the organization's goals, mission and values
  • None of the above
9 Which facilities management tasks have you performed? Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewed property audit findings
  • Coordinated repair of facilities
  • Monitored facilities utilities consumption or resource efficiency
  • Arranged for the storage and distribution of furnishings
  • None of the above
10 Which tasks have you performed to oversee maintenance or repairs? Answer to this question is required
  • Surveying and inspecting facilities/machinery
  • Identifying the type of repairs or maintenance required
  • Determining the cost of repairs or maintenance
  • Determining the timeline for for repairs or maintenance
  • None of the above
11 Where did you learn about this Architect of the Capitol job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Website
  • USAJOBS Website
  • Washington Post Ad
  • AOC Employee (former or current)
  • Friend or Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference or Convention
  • Job Bulletin Board
  • Public Notice or Service Announcement
  • Radio/Television Broadcast/Magazine Ads
  • Employment Office (Federal, State, or Local)
  • Government Recruitment at School
  • Email recruitment communication
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • LinkedIn
  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • Other
    11.1 Please indicate where you heard about this AOC job opportunity. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • None of the above