At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), we are proud to be ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Our employees are passionate about AOC’s mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court. AOC is a legislative branch agency, the recognized authority on the preservation, maintenance and construction of the world’s most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill. As a global destination for thousands of visitors every day, Capitol Hill intersects history, architecture and art with the birthplace of our nation’s laws.
The AOC seeks exceptional candidates who are mission-focused to become our Facilities Manager (Superintendent), Capitol Grounds, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer. The incumbent will oversee the maintenance and enhancement of the Capitol Grounds as a nationally famous landscape. In this key leadership role, the Facilities Manager is responsible for balancing the needs of a wide-range of stakeholders that encompass senior AOC officials, horticulturists, architectural designers and individual Members of Congress.
The Facilities Manager plans and implements all Capitol Grounds activities (e.g., sustainability efforts, horticultural programs, gardening, planting, Holiday Tree Ceremonies, and other public gatherings for special events) and develops policies and strategic plans for annual operational goals and objectives consistent with the agency’s mission.
The incumbent will:
•Function as the Superintendent of the facility, inspiring employees to serve in a stellar capacity as ambassadors to uphold the exceptional landscape appearance for the visiting public.
•Demonstrate mastery of facilities management principles and practices to achieve the required care of the Capitol Complex by preserving over 290 acres of landscape and infrastructure.
•Utilize a thorough knowledge of and adherence to all OSHA and Office of Compliance safety rules and regulations to ensure work progresses under safe conditions.
•Manage and execute the budget process, preparing fiscal year reports identifying work project, status and anticipated expenses for maintenance and operation.
•Foster an inclusive workplace that promotes learning, collaboration and teamwork to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
•Establish an organizational vision in a continuously changing environment.
Education:***Applicants for positions at grades GS-14 and above in the Architect of the Capitol must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university.***
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. No documentation is required at the time of application, but upon selection, you may be asked to provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing. Failure to provide such documentation at the time of request will result in lost consideration.
The incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Architect of the Capitol. Candidates must possess excellent managerial, administrative and budgeting skills. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required.
Candidates must address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) required for the position, submitting a narrative response to specify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate possession of the ECQs and TQs. Evaluations: 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 narrative responses.
Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you possess the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the background and experience to meet the technical expertise required for this position. All applicants must submit online written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs.
Your resume and narratives must support your responses to the ECQ competencies. 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). Qualifications: You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. For the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications, you are required to submit a narrative response addressing your specific knowledge, skills and abilities that demonstrate your possession of the qualifications. You must respond to all ECQs and TQs and address each one separately.
Executive Core Qualifications:
ECQ 1: Leading Change Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2: Leading People Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3: Results Driven Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4: Business Acumen Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
Technical Qualifications (TQs):
TQ 1: Demonstrated experience as a senior executive in leading operational and maintenance activities for an entire organization. This experience must have involved the general supervision, administration and direction of personnel engaged in routine and periodic landscape maintenance, mowing, comprehensive tree care and upkeep of the supporting infrastructure, vehicles and equipment.
TQ 2: Demonstrated experience in leading key facility management initiatives, managing organizational budgets, making maximum use of resources, reducing operating costs and developing policies.
TQ 3: Demonstrated experience providing oversight of a significant horticultural program.
TQ 4: Demonstrated leadership ability to foster an inclusive workplace that promotes learning, collaboration and teamwork by coaching, mentoring and training employees.
For more information about the Executive Core Qualifications, please visit this site: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf