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Director of the Doorkeepers #216

Washington D.C.
Closing date
Nov 3, 2023

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Director of the Doorkeepers #216

Department: Capitol Operations
Work Hours: Fluctuating
Pay Grade Range: $148800-$195000
Remote Work Status: Onsite / FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date Range: 9/29/2023-10/13/2023
This vacancy announcement closes at 7pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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Job Description

The Senate Sergeant at Arms is seeking a Director of Doorkeepers, who will lead and inspire a team of dedicated professionals at the heart of the U.S. Capitol.  The incumbent will ensure operational readiness during emergencies to innovating policies and procedures.  With responsibilities ranging from enforcing Senate privileges to nurturing staff development, this role offers a unique blend of leadership, problem-solving, and strategic impact.

Core Competencies: 

  • Stop the Bleed
  • Senate Rule #23
  • Senate rules and protocol for decorum in the Senate Chamber and Galleries
  • Knowledge of effective supervisory practices and procedures
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully orally and in writing with Senators, staffers, and gallery visitors
  • Moderate computer skills; Ability to use smart phones/tablets

Key Accountabilities/Essential Job Duties
Provides leadership, direction, and development to a staff of approximately 40 employees who work in support of the Senate in the U.S. Capitol that includes a Chamber Supervisor, Lead Doorkeepers and Doorkeepers. Supports plans for emergencies, and continuity of operations through participation in training exercises and planning meetings. Implement policies and procedures related to the Doorkeepers department, looking for innovation, efficiencies and successfully communicating and implementing changes. Responsible for quickly assessing situations and providing practical resolutions. Enforces Senate Rule #23 privileges to the floor and enforces rules of the galleries. Manages, directs and supervises recruitment, training and evaluation processes and fosters cross-training and staff development. Other duties as assigned.


Other Duties/ Responsibilities

  • Assists the SAA during special events such as the State of the Union Address, Swearing-In ceremonies
  • Must be on site when Senate is in session which may include late nights, overnights, weekends and holidays.
  • The ability to lead a team with integrity and purpose.
  • To be available at all times for sudden recall in response to emergency events affecting the Senate campus/community and to potentially deploy to alternate sites to support the Senate’s contingency operations.

Required Work Experience

  •  8 - 10 years of managerial and supervisory experience

Security Clearance

  • Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens in order for the SAA to submit your application for a security clearance.

Required Special Skills/ Knowledge

  • CPR/AED and First Aid certifications

Working Conditions

Must be on-site when Senate is in session which may require long hours, overnights, weekends and holidays; sedentary for extended periods; work requires frequent physical effort walking, climbing stairs, sitting/standing on post for long durations; position requires regular interaction with public in galleries; excessive noise; required to carry items less than 25 pounds on a regular occurrence; occasional requirement for the carrying of item less than 50 pounds

Required Education
Bachelor’s degree in political or social science, history, or a related field.


To be employed by a Senate employing office in a paid position in the continental United States an individual must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen;
2. Be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
3. Be (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
4. Owe allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., qualify as a non-citizen U.S. national under federal law).

Employment is contingent on background / security investigation results.  


The SAA provides a highly competitive benefits package for all SAA staff. Our benefits extend beyond health care coverage to help provide employees with student loan reimbursement, professional development, transportation subsidy, TSP/retirement savings, access to our Employee Assistance Program, and more! For more information regarding SAA’s benefits, please visit .


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the SAA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAA and need special assistance or an accommodation to complete the application process, please submit your request to email with “Accommodation” in the subject line.

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