Senior Interior Designer

Washington, D.C
May 23, 2019
May 31, 2019
Full Time


This position serves as the Senior Project Coordinator for Space Utilization Planning & Design Section, Facility Services Division, Integrated Support Services Directorate, Chief Operating Officer. The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Space Utilization Planning and Design (SUPD) Project Supervisor. Incumbent executes assignments that often involve organizing and managing several separate subordinate projects that must be carried out concurrently.

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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.

Performs variety of space planning functions. Surveys Library buildings to maintain current overall awareness of facilities and general environmental conditions. Provides advice and information on a broad range of projects, including project status, progress, and/or issues and problems to supervisor or upper-level management, as needed. Conducts independent investigations and feasibility studies responsive to large scale, complex space allocation requirements for both unoccupied space and reconfiguration of existing space. Holds conferences and interviews with customers, management and office personnel to define scope of work; assesses work functions and requirements; collects data pertaining to details of furniture, equipment, utilities and any other special needs. Develops block allocations of assigned space incorporating functional adjacencies and prepares plans showing detailed layouts of furniture and partitions for entire project. After client approval, and following all established CAD standards and procedures, prepares scaled layouts and detailed drawings delineating furniture, partitions, carpet, utilities, security requirements and drawings for custom items as needed, using Microstation software.

Undertakes special technical studies and assignments as assigned by the manager. Consults and provides advice in a specialized area of planning to obtain cooperation and agreement on specific plans and projects. Assignments may vary in size, scope, and complexity. These may pertain to the preparation of recommendations, statements, plans, drawings and specifications, or some combination thereof, for space planning and interior design projects, including those for special use facilities, equipment and/or furniture needed for office or Library operations. Stays abreast of the newest theories and developments in ergonomics, design and the many associated fields pertaining to the duties. Participates in meetings and conferences with the Architect of the Capitol, ergonomic consultants, contractors, clients, and other offices in the Library as required, for pre-proposal conferences, budget, planning and project meetings. Makes formal and informal presentations to client offices and other personnel as needed. Coordinates all approvals and disapprovals with the client, Information Technology Office, Safety Services, the Architect of the Capitol, and other offices as needed. Along with the Construction Coordinator, assists client offices with renovation projects, by developing schedules and move plans and by preparing necessary work requests and/or contract documents required to implement a project. Inspects work during the construction and installation phase as needed to ensure compliance with design and contract requirements. Working with contractors and laborers, supervises furniture and equipment installations.

Prepares required administrative paperwork, including specific requirements, scope of work, schedules, cost estimates, vendors list, and shop drawings. Manages programs or assists in managing programs responsible for evaluating technical proposals. Reviews written proposals and technical shop drawings; conducts site visits; and amends RFPs. Issues work orders and follows up on contracts, resolving difficult problems arising between placement of contract and final installations.

Assists in developing interior design standards for furniture and furnishings. Prepares cost estimates and recommendations for annual furniture and ergonomic furniture replacement. Assesses interior design program and helps evaluate/select products based on function, quality, appropriateness, cost, replacement requirements, and aesthetics. Prepares interior design packages and finish schedules defining materials, colors and textures. Selects fabrics, furnishings and graphics coordinating with architectural finishes of both contemporary and historic structures.

The position description number for this position is 063711.

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 non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

No additional requirements to those listed above.


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 communicate in writing.**

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 implement interior design projects.**

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

Ability to meet and deal with others.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


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.

Or Experience that required the performance of work concerned with the design and alteration of interior spaces to meet functional and aesthetic needs such as:

Identifying, researching, and creatively solving problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment.
Performing services relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings.

Preparing drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Coordinating and integrating the mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering disciplines within the interior context.

Managing projects, developing cost estimates, evaluating bid proposals, reviewing construction documents, participating in on-site construction visits, conducting pre- and post-occupancy evaluations, developing standards for efficient space management, 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 the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly 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.

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.

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.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

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. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and 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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.