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Assistant Director, Security Division

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 4, 2023

The ideal candidate will have experience in security programs and/or infrastructure in a significant complex of buildings and grounds. Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.

Major Responsibilities:

Security Planning and Execution
  • Leads and coordinates a multi-disciplinary team in executing a comprehensive program to address physical security requirements for all facilities and infrastructure across the Capitol Complex. Ensures the effective planning, programming, design and construction of all security-related infrastructure and facilities projects. Ensures required facilities and infrastructure projects are planned, programmed, designed and constructed in accordance with AOC and industry standards, including quality and schedule adherence.
  • Provides AOC-wide security leadership affecting facility and infrastructure planning and programming, client requests, security infrastructure projects, facility projects, project security coordination, and special programs, policies and procedures, education and training, and assessments. Incumbent is responsible for campus-wide security-sensitive infrastructure projects, project security coordination and security reviews for all Agency projects, studies, and assessments. Develops plans for AOC security operations, project security policy and outreach, and Security.
  • Carries out complex studies involving major security programs of national impact. Provides leadership of strategic short- and long-range security planning. Ensures resource projections are addressed. Develops reports and other presentations on workload data.
  • Formulates security policies, plans and practices. Assigns responsibilities among organizational positions for project scheduling. Adjusts projected schedules and priorities to meet new initiatives. The work has a significant bearing on enabling legislation, or involves equivalent implications.
  • Resolves conflicting priorities of significance to the Federal Government. Initiates new study protocols that have solved problems of great importance to the Government. Monitors international security concerns and adjusts priorities accordingly. Develops, coordinates, and implements strategic plans to include mission, goals, objectives, and implementation strategies. Establishes plans to improve security policies, practices, and method. Handles complex program issues and provides authoritative guidance. Develops management goals and objectives into effective operational control systems.
  • Manages the Office of the Chief Security Officer's risk assessment process for all physical security projects. This includes ensuring the completion, tracking and reporting of all requirements and decisions.
  • Serves as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for select projects. Ensures contractor compliance with specifications. Evaluates contractor performance against all goals and objectives, including quality of the work

Risk Analyses
  • Leads conception, planning and conduct of pioneering analyses, evaluations, or investigations of outstanding scope, difficulty, and complexity in unexplored program areas of critical risk assessment importance to The Architect of the Capitol. These evaluations affect the policies of major departments or agencies, have a significant bearing on legislation, or decide between conflicting interests of extreme national importance.
  • Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to long-range planning.
  • Provides expert advice and guidance on government programs and policies which are of significant interest to the public and Congress, e.g., the programs cut across or strongly influence a number of agencies, and/or the employee's recommendations directly impact key governmental functions or result in substantial redirection of Federal efforts or policies related to major national issues.

Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
  • Supervises subordinate staff and oversees major programs, to include, but not limited to, AOC-wide critical infrastructure, external emergency preparedness and response, continuity, security operations, and various classified programs, as well as Office of Chief Security Officer facility planning and programming.
  • Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

The incumbent is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with all OSHA and Office of Compliance safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in assigned areas. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all direct reports know how to use required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Performs other related duties as assigned


Conditions of Employment

  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.

To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States.


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 classification standards

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, an applicant's one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful job performance.

To qualify at the GS-15 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-14 level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying experience include the following types of tasks performed on a regular and recurring basis:
  • Providing administrative and technical supervision of security staff;
  • Performing security infrastructure program management to include managing the effective planning, programming, design and construction of security-related infrastructure and facilities projects.
  • Managing and formulating security policies, plans, and programs;
  • Researching and implementing complex studies involving major security programs of national impact.
  • Leading a multi-disciplinary team in executing a comprehensive program to address physical security requirements for facilities and infrastructure.


There is no education requirement

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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