Construction Planner-Scheduler

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Washington, D.C
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Director Planning and Project Management, Construction Division. The selectee will be responsible for developing project schedules and reporting requirements to facilitate essential controls for construction management, efficiency, effectiveness and fiscal accountability. Projects involve structures which are of great historical significance.

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Please Note: This position is temporary, not to exceed 2 years. It is a position that is subject to the project needs of the Agency. Therefore, the appointment could be terminated at any time due to shortage of work or shortage of funds. If project work continues, however, it could be extended beyond the 2 year-time frame at the sole discretion of the Agency.

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Director Planning and Project Management, Construction Division. The Construction Planner-Scheduler oversees, analyzes and documents the work of construction management teams. Responsible for developing project schedules and reporting requirements to facilitate essential controls for construction management, efficiency, effectiveness and fiscal accountability. Projects involve structures which are of great historical significance and require the use of specialized construction methods to accomplish. Projects are typically highly visible, attracting considerable attention from Congress, stakeholders and the public at a cost of approximately thirty million dollars annually.

Major Duties:

Pre-Construction Activities for Individual Projects

-The Construction Planner/Scheduler provides technical oversight, guidance and leadership to Construction Representatives who are required to submit detailed reports on construction schedules, progress and completion dates. Reports range from design to completion. As an expert Construction Planner/Scheduler, the selectee will be responsible for project management, reports development, coordination, and consultation and will report directly to Deputy Director, Construction Division.

-Create a baseline schedule that includes critical path methods, activities and milestones for individual projects. Maintain project agreements, support the Construction Representative in developing the execution plan for the scope of work and define and schedule key contractual milestones for inclusion in contract documents.

-Maintains and updates all project schedules as needed. Evaluates scope-of-work changes, additional work orders and other elements that may affect job schedules. Highlights potential threats to accomplishing schedule and suggests corrective actions. Compiles milestone tracking reports to provide early indicators of the project's ability to meet specific goals. Clearly communicates schedule plan, restraints and drivers to appropriate project team members. Informs Project Managers of schedule variances as they become apparent.

Project Management Controls and Reporting

-Provides expertise and develops methods and techniques, standards, processes, procedures, guidelines and templates, for the estimating/scheduling organization, to support efficient development, management and control of project estimating/scheduling. Coaches, mentors, trains and provides oversight of project estimators/schedulers in estimating/scheduling tools, techniques and processes. May lead projects and/or project teams (including assigning work, reviewing progress and evaluating results), mentor, provide guidance and technical direction to less experienced engineering and technical staff, including the provision of input in performance evaluations, but is not responsible for supervising anyone.

-Develops master and detail schedules inclusive of major milestones, detailed WBS, assignment of costs, labor and equipment to activities, resource leveling, etc. to develop workload projections.

-Monitors and updates schedule progress toward achieving the desired project completion date and informing management team of changes to schedule outcome.

-Participates and facilitates project schedule review meetings and attends other project meetings as required. Analyzes and reports on project progress using metrics and key performance indicators.

-Provides other departments and managers updates/status against the baseline schedule in order to assess progress and variances. Recommends recovery options and plans as necessary; Documents lessons learned and best practices.

-Evaluates current construction procedures and recommends changes or alternatives to improve the efficiency of project planning and scheduling.

-Tracks and monitors change orders.

-Tracks and monitors project closeout documents.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower (GS-12) grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as (1) Utilizing a project management software system to maintain a database of all construction project-related information, and create construction project schedules; (2) Analyzing and reporting on construction project progress using metrics and key performance indicators; (3) Developing schedules for multiple projects to effectively and efficiently use labor resources; and (4) Developing short-term and long-term workforce plans and forecasts.


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, genetic information, sexual orientation 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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

KSA 1 - Knowledge of construction terminology, materials and trades.
KSA 2 - Skill with software programs as necessary for scheduling and reporting.
KSA 3 - Ability to plan and track/schedule construction projects.
KSA 4 - Ability to communicate in person and in writing

Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or disqualification for further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

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.

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