General Engineer-Architect (Project Management)

Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Director, Planning and Project Management, Project Management Division. The selectee will provide overall project management direction ranging from conceptual design through commissioning for large construction projects and will provide oversight of project managers responsible for similar related projects.

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If selected, you will be responsible for directing and managing significant projects on the Capitol Complex and related facilities, including the following:

Project Management
  • Serves as a technical authority and in that capacity, reviews and or directs the review of plans, specifications and analysis of design on projects of major size and complexity for accuracy and technical competency.
  • Analyzes and evaluates data and project schedules for critical agency functions related to construction and design programs/projects.
  • Reviews designs and submits work to the Director of Project Management for further approval.
  • Develops methods to track and measure program accomplishments, results and effectiveness.
  • Coordinates the preparation of expenditure schedules, special studies and reports.
  • Performs research and analysis and authors reports addressing issues related to key scheduling.
  • Where deficiencies are noted, directs necessary changes and furnishes assistance required.

Consultant/Contractor Oversight
  • Serves as a technical specialist and/or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), guiding and evaluating contractor efforts and assessing technical progress in relation to the established schedules and resources allotted.
  • Reviews plans, specifications and cost estimates for technical adequacy.
  • As COTR, reviews and evaluates shop drawings, progress schedules and conformance to technical documents during the course of facility construction.
  • Analyzes and develops alternate solutions to reduce time and costs and eliminate short cuts or compromises that are considered risky.
  • Independently administers assigned projects of major size, scope and complexity in accordance with AOC best practices, which may include: preparation of scope and statement of work; serving as COTR; reporting project status to upper management; coordinating an integrated team of engineers, architects and jurisdiction superintendent staff; managing the schedule, budget and quality of projects and, most importantly, meeting the clients' objectives.

Advice and Technical Guidance
  • Consults with management and planning personnel in preparing requirements and criteria for complex or high value projects for construction or modification to facilities.
  • Provides leadership and/or participates on joint program or project development teams that represent private, public and government interests. In this capacity, serves as spokesperson for the AOC during major programmatic reviews and ensures that the team functions in a cooperative manner.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison with program managers and works closely with their representatives to ensure that proper facility or systems requirements and adequate funding are met.

Issue Resolution
  • Directs a broad range of inter-disciplinary development and design activities.
  • Makes recommendations and implements actions involving highly complex technical problems, including those that apply to controversial or unusual integrated systems.
  • Resolves unusual demands caused by extraordinary urgency, public interest, funding constraints and environmental requirements.

Requirements and Specifications Determination
  • As a senior professional expert, develops or directs the development of engineering analysis standards for projects or systems with broad impact.
  • Applies expert knowledge of professional architectural and engineering concepts, methods and procedures to analyze and define requirements of multi-phase projects.
  • Participates in the development of requirements with customers, analyzes requirements and design criteria, develops cost estimates, assures validation of requirements and evaluates schedules and the feasibility of project accomplishment.
  • Performs requirements analysis, developing and implementing plans to ensure that project scope and requirements are defined and documented, projects are formally approved and milestones and lower level reviews are accomplished.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - Full performance level is GS-14.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must meet educational requirements for Engineer or Architect



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.

Candidates for the GS-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position must demonstrate all of the following:
  • Serving as the technical and business manager of major projects, from the preliminary planning stage through the design and construction phases.
  • Performing project management and monitoring for new construction, renovations, and improvements to facilities.
  • Performing pre-award, post-award, and post-contract activities.
  • Coordinating and overseeing assigned project work elements in the project contract.
  • Preparing and managing project budgets and schedules.

Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) certifications are preferred but not required.


Applicants for positions at grades GS-14 and above in the Architect of the Capitol must possess a Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

For Engineers:

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in professional engineering from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum


Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as architecture, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision or guidance.

For Architects:

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems


Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following:
  • Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted.
  • Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

  • Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

    Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

    Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

    You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

    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 .

    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.

    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:
    • Architectural or Engineering Program Management
    • Project Management
    • Contract Management
    • Requirements Analysis
    • Problem Solving
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication

    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 non-selection or disqualification from 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).

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    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.

    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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