The AOC seeks an experienced engineering project manager that will be collaborative with clients and stakeholders; responsible for high profile and critical infrastructure projects, respectful to Members of Congress and staff at the House Office Buildings; remain adaptable to changing dynamics in projects, processes and procedures; and be a dependable partner to Congress. This person will produce projects that will deliver reliable and exceptional value to the U.S. House of Representatives.
This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC); Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent, House Office Buildings (HOB); Facilities Support Division. The selectee will serve as a General Engineer, assisting the Capital Projects Supervisor and the Assistant Superintendent, Facilities Support Division in the managing and administration of a wide variety of engineering projects in the HOB. This individual will manage construction and renovation projects for HOB from planning to execution.
The Capital Projects Branch (CPB) is a proactive, adaptable, and dependable group that provides project management support for large-scale construction projects ranging from $100,000 to upwards of $40M, multi-phased projects and programs. The CPB works closely with Members of Congress, Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, and support agencies including the House Sergeant at Arms, U.S. Capitol Police, the Clerk of the House, and the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to deliver exceptional value to the House Office Buildings. CPB actively seeks talented candidates who are mission focused, self-motivated, detail oriented but whom can coordinate with a diverse range of people, able to adapt and learn new processes and procedures, and problem solve challenging engineering and coordination issues. Excellent communication skills are required to interact and work closely with jurisdiction clients and various stakeholders.
This engineering project manager will have the opportunity to work in beautiful historic buildings and will work to preserve the integrity of the spaces built to last for generations. Recently completed projects by the Capital Projects Branch include emergency power upgrades, security system upgrades, structural repairs within occupied facilities, new restaurant and cafeteria spaces, environmental compliance, and improvements to spaces which support the press. The CPB team also upgrades Committee hearing rooms for the House of Representatives which support Congress’ ability to consider bills and issues, oversee federal agencies, programs, and activities as well as their ability to question, subpoena, and interview individuals. The CPB team works with the CAO to improve the room sound and video quality infrastructure as well as support public accessibility, new painting, carpet, furniture, drapery, and lighting improvements in historic spaces.
Major Duties Include:
Serve as a Project Manager with responsibility for directing the development and managing the design and construction of a number of multi-million dollar new construction and renovation projects. Projects may include renovation, rehabilitation, alteration, and new construction of buildings and infrastructure systems.
Plan various complex project management functions with project teams and makes decisions affecting areas of responsibility that are precedent setting. Ensure proper resource allocation by a variety of agency and contractor organizations. Serve as a technical specialist and a key source of information for assigned areas of accountability. Collaborate with architects and engineers who are experts in related fields.
Provide professional engineering expertise in evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and recommends improvements to management. This involves life-cycle project management expertise and coordination of the planning and programming stages through the conceptual design stage, the construction document stage, and the construction, equipment installation, commissioning, and post occupancy evaluation phase. Be responsible for the development of studies and design documents as defined in the AOC Project Mangers Manual. Ensure state-of-the-art design of new construction and renovations, alterations or upgrades of existing facilities in accordance with established criteria, codes and design standards.
Prepare and update schedules for project delivery efforts, implementing a system for review, control, and reporting. Coordinates schedules with all interested parties. Routinely reviews project schedules to ensure reasonable and timely implementation.
Provide technical design and management guidance to professional Architect/Engineers (A/E) firms. Ensure compatibility between functional space, technical requirements and budgeted project cost parameters. Provides consultation on applicable codes, standards and criteria.
As a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), guide and evaluate contractor efforts and assesses technical progress in relation to the established schedule and resources. Report progress and/or problems. Within the design and scope of the project, exercise technical authority to direct necessary changes and resolve controversial problems. Keep the Contracting Officer informed on progress, proposed contract modifications, validity of claims, analysis of proposals, and assessment of contract time extensions.
Guide and evaluate contractor efforts in relation to the established schedule and resources allotted. Review plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy. Direct necessary changes, resolves controversial problems, ensures conformance to plans and specifications, and furnishes other assistance as required where deficiencies are noted.
Observe construction activities at all stages to assist in identifying problems. Take timely action to revise designs or recommend changes to the Construction Division, project managers and/or designers to solve problems caused by existing conditions, need for treatment of uncovered archeological artifacts, design errors/omissions, or other factors.
TECHNICAL ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
Provide guidance, technical advice, and consultation on project administration. Contribute to the resolution of technical difficulties that are amenable to changes in approach, criteria, or requirements. Conduct studies to develop criteria for situations encountered during field inspections.
Facilitate the resolution of project related issues and concerns that arise at the Jurisdiction Superintendent level. Provide leadership of the project scope, schedule, and budget concerns. Provides timely and accurate responses to Jurisdiction representatives’ questions.
REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIFICATIONS
Develop or reviews overall specifications and costs for construction projects. Report progress or problems. Schedule and conduct internal team A/E meetings. Follow best practices procedures.
Must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provide or receive training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment is fully utilized. Must ensure the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
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 education requirement.
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-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position includes experience:
(1) Managing engineering projects from the preliminary planning stage through the design and construction phases;
(2) Performing project management and monitoring for new construction, renovations and improvements to facilities; and
(3) Providing technical engineering guidance.
The ideal candidate will have solid critical thinking skills, expertise with construction planning, budgeting, scheduling, execution, and closeout. The ideal candidate will be self-directed, motivated and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with evolving project and program priorities. Flexibility and adaptability are key attributes needed for success. This individual should have strong project management and leadership skills to handle a variety of activities. The incumbent carries out leadership responsibilities and functions as an engaged professional who works in collaboration with a diverse group of leaders and clients, and who fosters the AOC’s core values of teamwork, integrity, professionalism, pride and safety.
Basic Requirements: A. Degree: Engineering or Architecture. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
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 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:
Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT) , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)
**Transcripts must be provided if selected**
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.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Will have non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-13 ($102,663 to $133,465) which usually occurs after one year of satisfactory work with the agency.
Internal Number: HOB-2020-062
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