Supervisory Interior Designer

Washington, D.C
Aug 10, 2022
Aug 17, 2022
Full Time

This position serves as the Design Supervisor for Space Utilization Planning & Design (SUPD), Facility Services Division, Integrated Services Support Directorate, Library of Congress (LC). The incumbent works under the general supervision of the SUPD Manager. SUPD has overall responsibility for all tenant fit-out and office design for over 4 million square feet and liaison with the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) on design projects under AOC control. Additionally, SUPD provides design advice on all new LC construction projects. Work is carried out independently with the incumbent receiving policy guidance and work guidelines in terms of broad general objectives. Incumbent executes assignments that often involve organizing and managing several separate subordinate projects that must be carried out concurrently. The incumbent will provide direction or guidance to staff or contract personnel assisting/supporting projects and tasks and may work as a part of the team on projects. Work is largely evaluated in terms of work accomplished especially when uniquely different or sensitive projects are involved. Completed work is reviewed and evaluated in terms of overall effectiveness in achieving the goals of soundness of overall approach, conformance with controlling management policies, thoroughness, quality of results, and timeliness of completion.

Supervises interior design staff, interior design contractors and interior design student interns performing work at the GS 9-12 or equivalent levels. Oversees development and maintenance of interior design standards. Assigns projects and assists staff in the development of interior design, procurement, and installation schedules. Independently assigns small projects and all routine work resulting from work request system requirements and furniture and furnishing procurement. Reviews all work for accuracy and adherence to established standards, codes, and compliance to NFPA, ADA, and life safety including routine work requests, purchase requisitions, requests for proposals and memoranda.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

Serves as a Project Manager, responsible for the delivery of programs to Federal clients. Establishes required schedules, and develops budgets for all aspects of facility related and internal fit and finish projects. Determines whether in-house personnel or contractors will accomplish projects. Responsible for the development of small and large project scopes of work, to include contracting out requirements and project requirements documentation needed to accomplish work.

Working with interior design staff, evaluates/selects products based on function, quality, appropriateness, cost, replacement requirements, and aesthetics. Ensures design standards are maintained, reviewed, and updated as required. Maintains records of furniture inventories and facilitates stock replenishment.

Oversees, ensures, and provides quality customer service and support to a diverse customer base by the assessment of customers' needs and satisfaction of customers' expectations. Assures that LC requirements and administrative directions and standards are integrated into projects and task orders. Decides courses of action and assures proper coordination and integration of projects/task order efforts. Projects are performed either through in-house staff or with contracted on-site project managers.

Responsible for the procurement on major projects, serving as Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Determines whether in-house personnel or contractors will accomplish projects; develops technical requirements, decides methods and types of contracts necessary to meet project or task order needs; resolve disputes that arise; and develops the statement(s) of work (SOW).

The position description number for this position is 60242.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Conditions of Employment

The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library's vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library's Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link:

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to plan and manage projects.**

Ability to supervise, plan and execute work through others.**

Ability to effectively plan, direct, and manage a variety of projects given limited time and resources.**

Knowledge of policies, procedures and standards associated with interior design and project implementation pertaining to commercial buildings.**

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships in overall facilities management.

Knowledge of federal contracting laws, regulations, principles, policies, and procedures to effectively develop and administer space planning contracts and services.

Ability to plan, manage and administer construction of interior design, space planning and facility related projects using computer based techniques.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


Basic Requirements:

All applicants must meet the requirements for professional education in Interior Design or possess equivalent experience and education.

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study - interior design or other field that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in interior design, interior architecture, or interior environmental design; or passage of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination.


Experience that provided a basic knowledge and understanding of interior design and the design process. Experience may have been gained in work such as interior design assistant or technician, architectural drafting, space planning, furniture/furnishings design, or other positions that require the practical application of design principles in a structured design process. The work of craftsperson's or hobbyists in the following fields is not qualifying: painting, fiber art, weaving, woodworking, carpet installing, etc.

You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) . Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid at step one of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. All who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

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 email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. For more information, please see:

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee or internal selectee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.