Assistant Director, Facilities Planning Branch

Washington, D.C
Jan 21, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

This position is being advertised as an interdisciplinary Architect/General Engineer/Community Planner position which means you may be placed into an Architect, General Engineer or Community Planner position based on your educational background and/or qualifications. Please refer to the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for additional information.

The selectee will be responsible for directing the management and administration of all programs under the purview of the Facilities Planning Branch and providing policy, administrative, and business support to all jurisdictions under the administrative authority of the AOC.

Major Duties:

Supervisory Responsibilities

Sets a series of annual, multiyear, or similar types of long-range work plans, e.g., twenty-year Master Plans and more detailed five-years, or longer, Capital Improvements Plans (CIPs), identifying major land use issues, building sites, location of utilities, parking and transportation, open and planted spaces, and neighborhood impacts.

Develops a master plan that supports the AOC's vision and informs the agency's strategic plan. Determines goals and objectives that need additional emphasis; determines the best approach or solution for resolving budget shortages; and plans for long-range staffing needs.

Oversees the project identification process to include leading the Enterprise Asset Management Program and conducting five year facility condition assessments to inform the programming for infrastructure projects through identified facility deficiencies.

Oversees real property accountability for all matters pertaining to real property issues and is responsible for the administration and development of plans, programs and policies for acquiring, managing real property and for performing work on major projects as the workload and priorities of the Agency dictate.

Performs administrative and technical supervisory functions for subordinates. Assigns duties and evaluates performance. Manages the organizational unit's budget and workload. Develops performance requirements for subordinates and ensures a mutual understanding of the performance standards. Resolves complaints and grievances.

Provides leadership to ensure support for equal employment opportunity (EEO) goals and requirements. Practices non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory employment actions and prevents unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, age or disability.

Master Planning

Conducts studies and prepares reports in support of the Capitol Complex Master Plan, including space planning details on specific site use, pedestrian walkways, height and bulk of buildings, landscaping and aesthetic considerations, and parking and service access.

Develops, reviews, and provides recommendations for proposed project requirements, expected results, and budgetary estimates as part of the CIP and Line Item Construction Program process.

Coordinates with the AOC Budget Office concerning appropriations submissions to Congress.

Monitors actual expenditures in relation to planned levels to ensure that adequate funding is available; Recommends reprogramming of funds.

Prepares or provides input to Statements of Work for consultants/contractor.

Prepares schedules contracted work and provides oversight for consultants in the preparation of wide-ranging planning and design studies, including Facility Condition Assessments, to ensure that contract objectives are met.

Prepares Project Charters that incorporate stakeholder issues and facility deficiencies as identified in the Facility Condition Assessments and Capitol Complex Master Plan.

Develops study objectives and methods and sets timetables.

Directs division staff in carrying out the studies; reviews and analyzes results.

Provides expert technical advice to AOC management regarding planning issues and coordinates with superintendents in the jurisdictions to develop long-range facilities development and major infrastructure replacement plans.

Coordinates with the Superintendent of the Capitol Power Plant on long-range plans for steam, energy, chilled water, and other utility-related items and coordinates with jurisdiction Superintendents on their facility short and long term needs.

Leads and/or participates in meetings and conferences with AOC personnel, consultants and contractors regarding current or planned projects. Monitors external planning and construction projects to ensure compatibility to the Capitol complex.

Represents the agency with other planning and development organizations such as the National Capital Planning Commission and the District of Columbia government.

Presents briefings and prepares reports and other information materials in order to present the AOC position on significant issues to community groups and outside governmental agencies.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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 educational requirements for Architects.
  • You must meet the educational requirements for Engineers.
  • You must meet the educational requirements for Community Planners.

To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States.


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 GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes the following:
  • Developing Master Plans and/or advancing existing Master Plans for a large complex of buildings;
  • Serving as administrative supervisor and providing oversight of broad based programs that have impact on agency planning initiatives;
  • Conducting planning and design studies, including facility condition assessments, assessing compliance with contract requirements, preparing statements of work, schedules, and scope of work documents;
  • Ensuring real property actions are in agreement with the Master Plan and Enterprise Asset Management programs;
  • Performing contract administration activities for significant, highly specialized procurements;
  • Working directly with top level technical representatives of industry, Congressional offices, and others in the development of Capital Improvements Plans (CIPs) and long range work plans supporting facilities and infrastructure projects.


In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements, you must meet the following:

Education Required for Architects:

1. Degree: 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) six semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.


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

(a) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and

(b) 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 related curriculum or experience as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) General Schedule Qualification Standards.

For a detailed explanation of the related curriculum or experience , please visit the following website at

Education Required for Engineers:

1. Bachelor's degree in professional engineering: To be creditable, 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: -- statics, dynamics; -- strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); -- fluid mechanics, hydraulics; -- thermodynamics; -- electrical fields and circuits; -- nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and -- any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

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2. 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.

For a detailed explanation of the related curriculum or experience , please visit the following website at

Education Required for Community Planners:

Degree: community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.

Note : Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For a detailed explanation of the related curriculum or experience , please visit the following website at

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 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, genetic information, sexual orientation 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 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.