Located within the AOC’s Director, Planning and Project Management, the Assistant Director (AD), Architecture and Preservation Branch will provide leadership and general direction to the branch. The AD will also serve on multi-disciplinary, in-house projects and resolve specific issues regarding architectural design and historic preservation for projects under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. S/he will also be responsible for chairing and conducting the AOC Architectural Review Board, and monitoring, coordinating and reporting on in-house design and task leader efforts. It is desirable that the AD be a Registered Architect (RA) with training and experience in Preservation of architecturally significant monumental structures.
Leadership and Managerial Responsibilities
Performs administrative and technical supervisory functions as well as develops/evaluates performance standards and requirements for staff which include: the Historic Preservation Officer, the Executive Architect (Supervisory), Preservation Architect(s), Structural Engineer(s) and Interior Design Specialist(s).
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.
Architecture and Historic Preservation Program Management
Plans, coordinates and manages the preparation and review of the architectural design functions for a wide variety of historic buildings. Serves as Architect, technical consultant and advisor to the Architect of the Capitol, Director of Planning and Project Management, Director of Energy and Design Services Division, Architect-Engineer (A-E) contractors and construction agencies.
Oversees a variety of complex, long-term projects which involve state-of the-art architectural designs many with significant preservation components. Coordinates the project work with program requirements, schedules and the work of other relevant engineering specialties.
Works closely with AOC senior leadership, Congressional offices, technical representatives of industry and others in the development of criteria and requirements. Tasks involve program scheduling, program monitoring and coordination, staff training, program analysis and recommendation/justification for additional or new programmatic approaches and staffing.
Architecture Design Solutions
Responsible for professional architectural, historic preservation and relevant engineering design solutions for facility maintenance, renovation and new construction involving major and minor projects under jurisdiction of the AOC, including architectural design, structural engineering, materials conservation, space planning and interior design.
Chairs and conducts the AOC Architectural Review Board which provides design guidance and recommendations to the Architect. Oversees conformance of proposed projects and maintenance with the AOC Preservation policy.
Ensures that the existing condition of a historic asset will be evaluated to determine the appropriate level of intervention. Utilizes technical understanding of the AOC Preservation Policy and Standards which are aligned with those provided in the Secretary of the Interior standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Oversees the development of planning, A-E construction documentation and progress reports to respond to third party inquiries, including the Government Accountability Office and Office of Inspector General.
Serves as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) for development of the Scope of Work (SOW) and on the bidder selection committee. Provides architectural oversight of contractors for compliance with contract specifications.
Prepares and delivers focused technical presentations to internal staff and outside entities on architecture and preservation issues. Provides architectural and preservation tours for dignitaries, Congressional leadership, staff and outside entities.
Within the resume, candidates must demonstrate evidence of the specialized experience which relates to the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. 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 role includes:
Performing architectural design, technical reviews, quality control, and project management on building projects from planning and programming through construction;
Assessing compliance with construction standards, preparing full construction drawings and specifications, and preparing scope of work documents and statements of work;
Providing technical architectural and historic preservation knowledge as well as engineering concepts, methods, and procedures;
Working directly with top level technical representatives of industry, Congressional offices, and others in the development of Architectural and Historic Preservation criteria and requirements; and
Serving as administrative supervisor.
The Ideal candidate would be a Registered Architect (RA) and have had at least 10 years’ experience with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties or experience in a federal historic preservation office or state historic preservation office.
Degree in 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.
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 orexperience as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) General Schedule Qualification Standards.
Additional Salary Information: May be eligible for a recruitment incentive and for performance awards as part of the AOC’s performance management system.
About Architect of the Capitol (AOC)
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is proud to be ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Its employees are passionate about AOC’s mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court. AOC, a legislative branch agency of approximately 2500 employees, is the recognized authority on the preservation, maintenance and construction of the world’s most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill. Tracing its beginnings to the laying of the Capitol cornerstone in 1793, the AOC is responsible for the operations and care of more than 18.4 million square feet of facilities, 570 acres of grounds and thousands of works of art. The Capitol campus is home to 30,000 daily occupants and hosts more than 3 million visitors annually. For more information, please see www.aoc.gov.
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