Architect of the Capitol CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more at

CORE VALUES: The AOC prides itself on our Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism. The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitments to holding ourselves to the highest standards. We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence. We take PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.


Please Note: This position is temporary, not to exceed 2 years. 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 work continues, however, it could be extended beyond the 2 years time frame at the sole discretion of the Agency.

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Planning and Project Management, Construction Division, Construction Branch. The incumbent inspects work on construction projects for compliance with contract requirements. Projects involve structures which are of great historical significance at multiple sites throughout the Capitol Complex. Projects are typically highly visible, attracting considerable attention from stakeholders and the public. The position may require a day or night shift tour of duty and weekend work.


INSPECTION ACTIVITIES As a Construction Inspector, the incumbent is responsible for the oversight of assigned construction activities involving restoration or renovation projects. Serves as an on-site inspector for various civil, structural, architectural, and mechanical projects and day-to-day phases of construction. Monitors construction activities from planning and design through demolition and accessioning of completed projects to ensure work is performed in full compliance with construction documents. Applies a knowledge of all laws, regulations, and specifications relating to construction related environmental requirements of the project. Provides timely written documentation in the form of daily construction reports capturing work performed and status of compliance with contract requirements. Prepares various logs, technical notes, and technical summaries. Tracks construction activities against baseline and progress schedules to determine compliance with project schedule for on time completion of work. Maintains list of deficiencies and tracks deficiency for timely correction.

CONTRACTOR OVERSIGHT Provides subject matter expertise to ensure the requirements of assigned contracts are met. Regularly communicates with COTR concerning progress and or lack of progress timely identifying issues that could impact schedule, scope, quality, and budget. Performs on site quality assurance. Provides recommendations on controversial matters arising between Government and contractor personnel. Responsible for ensuring that the entire scope of the work is performed and that all quality requirements placed on the construction/installation contractor are strictly enforced. Monitors the execution of construction activities from start through completion and participates in acceptance and turnover. Assists the Contracting Officer (CO) and Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) in taking appropriate action in cases of inadequate or nonconforming performance. Coordinates construction activities with consultants, in-house work force managers, the Superintendents' Offices, and United States Capitol Police. Writes draft correspondence for CO and COTR to send to contractors notifying them of noncompliance and deficiency issues. Reads, understands, and interprets complex drawings and specifications and coordinates work with multiple disciplines. Reviews reports on construction status and progress, quality control and quality assurance, administration, and contractors’ estimates related to construction progress. Determines such matters as suitability of completed work, adequacy of construction equipment, practicability of construction operations, and reasonableness of schedules and cost estimates. Consults with on-site and off-site architect/engineer personnel in the resolution of design conflicts or feasibility of construction changes proposed by contractors. Conducts labor interviews for compliance with Davis Bacon Act and other applicable labor regulations and standards. Reviews and analyzes plans and specifications, drawings, designs, site conditions, and proposed construction schedules to determine and recommend action necessary to correct deficiencies through modification of contract. Participates in negotiation of contract modifications. Reviews engineering records, files, and as-built project drawings.

SAFETY ASSURANCE The incumbent is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in managed areas. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all workers know how to use required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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 definition of specialized experience.

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

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-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

(1) Assisting the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) on assigned construction and consultant contracts;

(2) Working with project managers and construction managers monitoring construction contracts for compliance with contract documents and providing proactive oversight to identify and mitigate risks;

(3) Recommending improvements in design and efficiency, reducing changes to the contract, and enhancing operations;

(4) Using a full range of industry best practices, project controls, standard operating procedures (SOP), and various technologies in the overshadowing management of contracts.


Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application. We will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.

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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, 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*-*Selectee(s) 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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $66,510.00 to $86,640.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0809-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.

Control Number: 472463100

Job Announcement Number: CD-2017-242