Painter Refinisher Leader

Washington, D.C
Sep 23, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Full Time


The position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) Construction Division, Construction Branch. Serves as a Painter-Refinisher Leader with responsibility for leading Painter-Refinishers to perform general painting and for refinishing of doors, door frames, and other wood work as well as participating in Painter-Decorator projects involving historic colors, complex striping, designs, and panel refinishing.

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Tour of Duty: Day (4:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.)

Hours may change due to operational needs of Management

This position is temporary, not to exceed 13 months. 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 continues, however, it could be extended beyond the 13 months time frame at the sole discretion of the Agency.

The position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Construction Division. Serves as a Painter-Refinisher Leader with responsibility for leading Painter-Refinishers to perform general painting and for refinishing of doors, door frames, and other wood work as well as participating in Painter-Decorator projects involving historic colors, complex striping, designs, and panel refinishing.

Painter-Refinisher Leader Functions

As a working leader, the selectee is responsible for the following functions/duties:

-Passes on to other workers the instructions received from supervisors and getting work started by distributing the immediate tasks to be performed by individual members of the work group.

-Ensures that needed plans, blueprints, materials, and tools are available, and that needed materials are obtained.

-Maintains current knowledge on procedures, policies, written instructions, and other directives.

-Ensures that there is enough work to keep everyone in the work crew fully occupied.

-Checks work while in progress and when finished, to see whether the supervisor's instructions on work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines have been followed.

-Reports to supervisors on status and progress of work, and causes of work delays.

-Answers questions of supervisors on overall work operations and problems.

Painting Advice and Guidance

-Reads and follows complex blueprints, job orders, and specification sheets to make accurate calculations and adjustments to materials, paint and equipment for each area involving decorative striping, colors, refinishing, etc.

-Keeps in daily contact with site based customers to ensure safe working conditions for workers and the public while working on scaffolds, ladders, and area work platforms.

Painting and Refinishing

-Performs complex coating work using any of the accepted methods of the trade such as graining, shadowing and shading colors. Matches and mixes colors by eye and/or with a tinting machine to match historical and faded colors. Ensures that surfaces have a smooth-texture and decorative appearance and meet thickness, tone and density requirements for the project being performed.

-Applies decorative painting techniques to historical ornate designs in the Congressional Buildings Meeting and Hearing Rooms, Member's offices and other special purpose rooms. Refinishes and/or finishes walnut and mahogany doors, metal doors and cabinets, etc. to match historical natural wood finishes. Applies primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats.

-Applies paint, stain, varnish, enamel, and other finishes to equipment, buildings, decorative walls and doors and/or other structures, using brushes, spray guns, or rollers.

-Complies with OSHA regulations and trade safety practices.

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 job-related elements.



You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT(S) required for this position.

-Ability to Lead


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 job elements 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 job elements and competencies:

-Ability to Lead

-Technical Practices

-knowledge of Materials

-Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

-Safety and Dexterity

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

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

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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