Building Inspector

Washington, D.C
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 17, 2019
Full Time


The Architect of the Capitol, Senate Office Buildings is seeking a Building Inspector to examine Senate buildings, office suites, hearing rooms, and other public spaces to uncover and address maintenance issues for Senators, Committees and their staffs. Candidate will submit work orders to appropriate trade shops to address issues identified during inspections. Will assist building management by responding to issues as they arise and advise on necessary steps to resolve the situation.

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Tour of duty for this position is: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Work schedule will require mandatory overtime and possible holidays AND weekends.

Developmental assignments will be given with the goal of attaining the full performance level. Duties quoted below are at the GS-9 level.
  • Acts as liaison on behalf of the Superintendent to follow up on issues building occupants may encounter in their assigned spaces. Informs building occupants on work progress, offering a prognosis for its completion.
  • Surveys Administrative Assistants, Office Managers, or other essential office employees monthly to gain feedback on the quality of services and areas for improvement.
  • Conducts daily inspections to ensure that buildings are maintained according to established standards for cleanliness and safety. Coordinates with shop supervisors to schedule preventive maintenance activities based on inspection findings.
  • During inspections, identifies violations of rules prohibiting the placement of items such as boxes, computers, furniture, office equipment, and supplies in hallways or other non-designated areas.
  • Inspects all areas of buildings including entrances, hallways, offices, conference rooms, stairwells, exits, rest rooms, parking garages, and all public areas. Notes any deficiencies in cleanliness or safety and notifies the proper maintenance supervisors to take action to rectify them.
  • Is a primary identifier of potential safety hazards and works to resolve with appropriate trade shop or safety officer.
  • Receiving and taking immediate action to resolve complaints; referring issues to the accountable shop supervisor when necessary.
  • Receives requests for services from Senators, their staffs, and committee staffs. Forwards such requests to the appropriate unit within the jurisdiction for action.
  • Prepares and trains to become an assigned COR on service contracts.
  • Must be tactful and diplomatic in responding to unusual service requests from Senators, Committees and their staffs.

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 .

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-08 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 is defined as having experience in at least 2 of the following:
  • Provides a variety of services to the occupants of commercial buildings including supporting the daily operations of the buildings.
  • Conducts inspections for cleanliness and cosmetic appearance and maintenance.
  • Uses computerized programs to maintain data and records.

Candidates for the GS-09 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as having experience in at least 3 of the following:
  • Provides a variety of services to the occupants of commercial buildings including supporting the daily operations of the buildings.
  • Conducts inspections for cleanliness and cosmetic appearance and maintenance.
  • Uses computerized programs to maintain data and records.
  • Performs duties as a Contracting Officer's Representative or equivalent.



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:

KSA 1: Ability to Plan and Organize

KSA 2: Ability to provide exceptional Customer Service to Staff, Senators, Committees and their staffs.

KSA 3: Ability to use Automated Computer Systems to create documents and work orders.

KSA 4: Ability to Communicate using Tact and Diplomacy both verbally 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 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).

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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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