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Training Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 8, 2023


Training Program Formulation and Course Development
  • Designs and develops training courses requiring the establishment of instructional design and development criteria through the analysis of educational or instructional problems or questions. Adapts or extends available material or develops new approaches, methods or techniques. Writes or reviews course content. Includes new or anticipated design changes in equipment, material, computers or other developments to ensure applicability across all environmental conditions and utilization in classroom or field settings. Resolves controversial, unconventional or novel problems that focus on the visiting public served. Develops training learning objectives, course content and format. Uses adult learning strategies and knowledge of current leadership theories, frameworks and practices. Plans, organizes and develops multimedia training curricula, materials and programs.
  • Studies leadership theory, concepts and proposals and makes field visits to determine the scope and content of leadership operational capabilities requirements. Researches emerging operational goals to determine leadership education impact on basic and advanced training programs. Establishes the time and emphasis to be given each course, to determine viability of training solution and the level to which students should be trained on each item or subject area.
  • Ensures that the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the participants and integrated into the strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services. Responsible for the financial planning and budgeting for all expenditures of the training division. Responsible for the administrative functions related to training to include SF-182, LMS and contracts.
  • Serves as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) to ensure accurate and adequate oversight of contractor performance according to contract requirements. Performs timely inspections to ensure compliance with job specifications, quality, timeliness and budget authorizations. Reviews completed work, evaluates quality and recommends acceptance or rejection of completed work to the Contracting Officer prior to any payment.

Training Delivery
  • Leads training instruction in support of the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Delivers a wide range of courses, from operational to teambuilding to leadership. Courses can be in person or virtual. Instructional methods are current, serve a variety of audiences including CVC, AOC partners and Congressional staff. Responsible for creating course agendas, support materials, evaluations and reports. Provides coaching and feedback to staff and their supervisors based on observations.
  • Determines which performance aids would be paramount for education and training in specific task or tasks. Identifies critical job performance criteria and clarifies them as equipment, dependent or independent.

Employee Development
  • Coaches trainees in the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques. Provides advice on work methods, practices and procedures and assists staff in identifying the parameters of a viable solution. Fosters a culture of learning, sharing, cooperation and teamwork that improves efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization.

Training Course Evaluation
  • Evaluates course assessment procedures. Investigates new concepts and innovations applicable to evaluation efforts and to specific training and authorizes for application to such training. Plans and conducts studies that evaluate and predict program achievements and staff performance and prepares interpretations of results and recommendations.
  • Plans and conducts validity and reliability studies and surveys of training courses over a broad specialty area or cluster of courses.
  • Establishes study and evaluation criteria and develops conclusions and/or recommendations. Analyzes reports from other agencies, organizations, industry, academia and training personnel. Identifies and prepares solutions to problems concerning such issues as leadership, course content and training materials.

Organizational Liaison
  • Maintains a liaison and positive working relationship with the AOC's Training and Employee Development Branch. Works with the training branch and identifies complex program issues or problems in programs of small scope that are related to training administration and delivery.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.



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.

Specialized experience for the GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12. Examples of specialized experience are defined as the following: (1) Planning and managing a training program to include designing, developing, and delivering subject-matter training materials; (2) Assessing the training needs of an organization and designing solutions to meet those objectives; (3) Performing research, design and development of exercise materials, including realistic scenarios, exercise plans, evaluation plans and after action reports; and (4) Maintaining liaison and positive working relationships with other organizations and stakeholders on training program needs.


There is no substitute of education for experience.

Additional 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.

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