Training Specialist (Safety, Fire and Environmental)

Washington, D.C
Oct 26, 2020
Nov 03, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs (SFEP). The purpose of the position is to provide training programs in safety, fire and environmental and occupational health to the AOC. Will serve as the safety, fire and environmental training program manager. Will independently manage the SFEP training program and provide the jurisdictions similar instruction that aligns with applicable AOC policy and external requirements.

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The selectee will be expected to provide and coordinate training that is also scheduled for the night shifts and also on weekends. Tour of duty may be other than Monday through Friday to provide all shifts the required safety, fire and environmental training.

Training Program Formulation
  • Researches, analyzes, develops, implements and evaluates safety, fire and environmental educational and accident prevention programs. Utilizes an extensive practical knowledge of safety, fire and environmental procedures, policies, regulations and consensus standards to develop instructional programs that affect attitudinal development and modifications of behavior for the purpose of training AOC personnel in safe job performance and conservation of resources.
  • Serves as the safety, fire and environmental education consultant to the AOC and the safety, fire and environmental personnel of the AOC. Keeps abreast of the latest developments in safety, fire and environmental procedures, policies, regulations, consensus standards and educational techniques.
  • Collects safety, fire and environmental data and information using methods such as surveys, questionnaires and computer assisted data acquisition to identify safety, fire and environmental causal factors. Analyzes and validates causal factors and identifies corrective measures through computer assisted research analysis and other methods to determine the applicability of educational countermeasures.
  • Ensures that the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the participants and integrated into the strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services.

Training Course Development and Instruction
  • Uses the latest management techniques to develop safety, fire and environmental educational and prevention programs which can be effectively used in all organizations. New and unique training programs are designed with special emphasis on utilization of the proper media or combination of media to effectively attain program objectives to a wide variety of audiences. Develops a comprehensive implementation plan for these programs which includes orientation and instruction for AOC safety, fire and environmental personnel to ensure effective attainment of program objectives.
  • Provides hazardous waste, job hazard, occupational safety and health, silica, lead and asbestos awareness, fire extinguisher, forklift operator safety, hearing conservation, personal protective equipment and all other relevant safety, fire and environmental training.

Training Course Evaluation
  • Evaluates course assessment procedures. Investigates new concepts and innovations applicable to evaluation efforts and to specific training and authorizes for application to such training. Plans and conducts studies that evaluate and predict program achievements and staff performance and prepares interpretations of results and recommendations. Evaluates the effectiveness of the application of a wide variety of education/training principles to complex training problems. Develops statistical data for reports and provides recommendations for review and use by management.
  • Researches, analyzes and evaluates usability of training scenarios and emerging operational courses for inclusion in existing safety, fire and environmental programs of instruction to improve, enhance or replace current methodologies.
  • Resolves controversial, unconventional or novel problems. Develops safety, fire and environmental training objectives and plans to best utilize existing commercial off-the-shelf products including industry developmental initiatives. Develops training materials for courses in safety, fire and environmental fields.

Organizational Liaison
  • Establishes and maintains contact with other safety, fire and environmental professionals within federal and civilian agencies to identify, define, develop and pursue common safety, fire and environmental educational concepts and doctrine and to exchange the latest technical knowledge.
  • Maintains a liaison and positive working relationship with the AOC's Training and Employee Development Branch. Works with the training branch and identifies complex program issues or problems in programs of small scope that are related to training administration and delivery.
  • Represents the AOC at conferences, workshops and meetings on safety, fire and environmental educational matters. Makes staff visits to determine educational requirements, evaluates program effectiveness and provides assistance to safety, fire and environmental personnel in the development and implementation of local programs.
  • Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is utilized.

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 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.

Specialized experience for the GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12. Examples of specialized experience are defined as the following: (1) Applying knowledge of safety, fire and environmental and occupational health principles in developing and conducting training; (2) Performing research, design and development of exercise materials, including realistic scenarios, exercise plans, evaluation plans and after action reports; (3) Serving as lead for an organization's safety, fire and environmental educational education or training program; and (4) Liaison with safety, fire and environmental professionals to identify, develop and pursue common safety, fire and environmental educational concepts and doctrine and to exchange the latest technical knowledge.


There is no substitute of education for experience.

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:
  • Extensive practical knowledge of safety, fire and environmental procedures, policies, regulations and consensus standards.
  • Ability to administer a training program.
  • Ability to develop training materials and evaluate training results.
  • Ability to effectively write and orally communicate information to various audiences.

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

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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