The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more at www.aoc.gov.
The AOC prides itself on its Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism.
The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitments to holding ourselves to the highest standards.
We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence.
We take PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.
The U.S. Capitol and its stately dome have become the international symbols of our representative democracy. From its inception, the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) was conceived as an extension of the Capitol that welcomes visitors to the seat of American government. Completed in 2008 after six years of construction, the CVC is the largest addition to the Capitol in the 222-year history of the building. The CVC encompasses 580,000 square feet and its footprint is larger than the footprint of the Capitol. The facility lies entirely below ground to respect the views to the Capitol and the historic Frederick Law Olmsted landscape that surrounds the building. The CVC is the new portal to the Capitol and welcomes approximately 2.5 million visitors annually.
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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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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.
Candidates for the G-09 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
(1) Experience researching and creating programming about American history, political history, civics or art history to a variety of audiences; and
(2) Experience writing and delivering educational programs, tours and workshops in a museum or heritage site setting.
The individual selected for this position will:
- Present existing educational programs and develops, writes and offers new educational programs that fulfill the mission of the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Work in collaboration with other colleagues and divisions within the organization to implement educational programs and projects in line with AOC policies and CVC procedures and practices.
- Develop and offer formal and informal educational programs and hands-on activities for classroom, Exhibition Hall and outdoor venues including assisting with volunteer training, creating content for interpretive signs and coordinating materials preparation and classroom, cart or venue set-up. Ensure that programs are compliant with accessibility objectives and follows safe work practices. Communicate the significance of Congress to everyday life, the role of citizens in a democratic process, and the evolving understanding of “We the People” to visitors (adults, families, students, groups and international visitors) through programs, carts, presentations, tours, hands-on activities, workshops and family days or events. Develop programs and teaches using inquiry-and object-based learning techniques. Facilitate discussion with and among visitors in order to engage them with Exhibition Hall themes and content through programs and activities.
- Assist with project review and program analysis including assembling documentation such as written materials, digital files, photographs and participant evaluations. Develop content for website, brochures, handouts, activity sheets and curriculum for review by the Exhibits and Education team. Attend meetings and conferences with colleagues and collaborating agencies and organizations.
- Work with colleagues to develop educational programs. Research and recommend themes, content, materials and techniques for educational programming in museum, outdoor and classroom settings. Develop goals, objectives and planning for educational programs, as well as hands-on activities for large programs. Ensure that developed programs adhere to the impact statement and interpretation plan for Exhibition Hall. Coordinate set up and take down of educational program exhibits. Keep abreast of best practices in museum and informal learning site education and applies them at the CVC. Network and collaborate with external agencies and organizations to develop and offer educational programs.
- Communicate and collaborate with internal stakeholders in the AOC and CVC, especially to ensure the successful delivery of public programs.
- Resolve problems by quickly identifying issues and developing action plans to improve program design and execution. Identify potential conflicts in work schedule space use, resource use and works with coworkers and management to solve conflicts. In collaboration with colleagues, identify program needs, as well as cost-savings and efficient use of resources. Identify educational techniques that increase the retention of knowledge for a diverse audience.
- Support the work of colleagues by acting as backup for delivery of programs organized by others in the division.
- Work with staff to enhance public understanding and awareness of the educational activities of the CVC. Provide updates and information to CVC management pertinent to communications with stakeholders including the public, AOC and Congress. Assist in drafting website, cell phone tour, sign, handouts, brochures and other educational and visitor service content, as requested. Assist in communicating educational offerings to external customers. Actively communicate educational offerings to visitors within the CVC and the AOC, in accordance with policy and procedure.