Capital Projects Administrator

Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Full Time


This position is organizationally located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Planning and Project Management, Project Management Division. The selectee will carry out responsibilities as Capital Projects Administrator with authority for project plans, design development, construction oversight, and commissioning or acceptance of completed capital projects.

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The selectee will perform the following:

Major Duties :

Plans, directs, executes and controls all tasks and associated resources involving major projects for the Architect of the Capitol. The scope of the project involves the management of a multi-million dollar annual budget for construction or renovation of historical buildings and assets within the Capital Complex. Exercises executive management skills and experience in complex engineering systems, to include planning, design, construction, and commissioning. Makes decisions and commitments within established guidelines and delegated authority.

Ensures projects are delivered safely, on time, within budget, with high quality and minimal unplanned mission impacts to clients, logistics, environmental, sustainability, resource management as well as technical and professional matters; Coordinates with other AOC Jurisdictions and program managers, and makes technical and professional decisions on project accomplishment as well as negotiating with managers and Congressional staff on areas of mutual interest; Serves as key advisor to the Director and Deputy Director, Project Management Division, and represents him/her in conferences, panels, and other key settings.

Manages the overall budget and approves estimates and funding requirements to assure availability of adequate resources consistent with project objectives; Manages the utilization of resources, justifies plans, and controls receipt and issuance of project authority and funds; Analyzes problems encountered with project resources and provides guidance to expedite appropriate corrective action.

Accountable for the development of programmatic project objectives and for providing the technical and professional leadership required for the effective execution of the project; Exercises control over multi-million dollar annual project budgets executed in several locations throughout the AOC; Serves as the primary point of contact and authority in official contacts with contractors and subcontractors, top management officials, Congressional staff and other government officials; Exercises extreme diplomacy in the course of these contacts; and plans, directs, and controls assigned schedules and completion dates which are responsive to the dynamic nature of the project.

Identifies actions required to execute the project as directed, as well as to accommodate changes leading to the improvement of safety, environmental requirements, equipment and operational aspects of the project. Ensures that new emerging requirements are integrated into planned project improvements to update/improve the results. Provides program management by exercising project control and authority throughout the various phases of the project, to include the integration of all efforts involving major contractors and subcontractors, contracting officers, the and other stakeholders.

Provides leadership and administrative direction to one or more matrixed project teams and oversees projects through subordinate supervisors and contractors. Outlines overall responsibilities, makes assignments, sets priorities, and provides professional, technical and administrative advice and assistance as required. Plans organizational structure and staffing needs, determines types of jobs required, assigns duties to key subordinate positions. Reviews and approves justifications for personnel requirements, reviews and approves job descriptions, and selects key employees. Resolves complaints and grievances within scope of authority and refers others to higher authority with appropriate recommendations.

Utilizes equal employment opportunity (EEO) principles and practices in managing the workforce assigned to the project. Ensures that personnel management within the area of accountability under direction is accomplished without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, and/or disability. Adapts state of the art practices in providing fair treatment of all employees.

Participates in briefings and presentations as required. Acts as primary point of contact on policy or major project commitments. Serves as a recognized programmatic authority in the field and provides oversight and guidance to contractors in meeting objectives.

Complies with all safety and health practices, OSHA regulations, and wears required protective equipment.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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 be able to pass a drug test.
  • You must meet the education requirement for this position.

.*** Please Note: This position is temporary in nature and is not to exceed 5 years. This is strictly a temporary appointment where there is no permanent need or permanent funding available for the work involved and that the temporary appointment is limited in duration. The duration of this temporary appointment may be shorter or longer, depending on the duration of the work or project. The temporary position may also be terminated at any time due to lack of work and/or lack of funds without any advance notice. As a non-permanent employee, you may also be separated for failure to meet management's expectations, with no advance notice. ***


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-15 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower (GS-14) grade level in the Federal service

Specialized experience for this position must demonstrate the following:
  • Managing and leading large scale architectural and engineering projects from planning through completion;
  • Managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, design and contractor performance.
  • Preparing, justifying and/or administering the budget for program areas, including administering, and monitoring expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies and assessing financial condition of projects for the agency.
  • Developing programmatic project objectives and providing the technical and professional leadership required for effective execution of the project.
  • Communicating project effectively to management and leadership.

  • Education

    In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the following:

    Basic Requirements:

    A degree in Professional Engineering. The curriculum must:

    (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or

    (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: a) statics, dynamics; b) strength of materials; c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d) thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

    --- OR ---

    Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished

    (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and

    (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    (a) current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico;

    (b) evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration;

    (c) successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum; or

    (d) successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field.

    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.

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    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, 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:
  • Project Management

    2. Construction Management

    3. Budget Management

    4. Oral Communication

    5. 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

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

    To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

    We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

    Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

    For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

    If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

    If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

    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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