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Architect of the Capitol
Dist. Columbia, United States (on-site)
5 days ago
Salem, Oregon, United States (hybrid)
19 days ago
Wiginton Fire Protection Engineering
Architect of the Capitol
Dist. Columbia, United States
5 days ago
Job Duration
$147,649.00 - $221,900.00
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Yearly Salary
Job Function
Fire Protection Engineer



This is an exciting executive opportunity at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). We are seeking an executive to lead the Office of Safety and Code Compliance. In this role, you will be part of an amazing team responsible for the AOC’s compliance with safety, fire, building codes and environmental regulations and for maintaining a culture of safety.


At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our employees are passionate about AOC’s mission to serve Congress, the Supreme Court and general public. 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.

We have a rare opportunity for an exceptional executive leader with a strategic and tactical focus to serve as our Director of Safety and Code Compliance. As an integral member of AOC’s executive leadership team, the incumbent is entrusted with the safety and protection of our employees and facilities while balancing the needs of internal and external stakeholders, including Senate and House Committees, individual members of Congress and the Supreme Court.

The senior level role provides executive and operational leadership to AOC’s safety, fire protection and environmental compliance programs.

In this capacity, the director:

  • Serves as principal advisor to the Architect of the Capitol (Architect) and Deputy Architect regarding AOC’s safety and code compliance planning, policies, decision-making, guidelines and procedures.
  • Develops and implements strategic planning initiatives for safety, fire protection and environmental programs; including, long-and-short-term programmatic initiatives that advance the agency’s mission; measures results to ensure alignment with AOC’s mission, vision and core values.
  • Ensures compliance with safety, fire and environmental laws and regulations.
  • Conducts periodic comprehensive analyses of AOC safety, occupational health, environmental, fire protection/prevention policies, programs, functions and processes to determine whether the AOC is meeting its stated goals and whether management systems effectively accomplish objectives.
  • Recommends actions necessary to ensure consistent service delivery across AOC and to maintain or improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of operations and services.
  • Evaluates and formulates responsive policies, procedures and standards to ensure that practices are consistent with applicable laws, National standards and AOC goals.
  • Pursues customer-centric, continuous improvement throughout all program areas including AOC’s Risk Management Program.
  • Leads and supervises a dedicated team of safety professionals who support the facilities operations on the Capitol Hill complex of buildings and grounds and other off-site facilities. 

Candidates must have proven executive leadership experience in delivering comprehensive safety (occupational, industrial, life) and environmental programs and applying advanced safety principles. Must be a strong communicator with crisis management experience. A demonstrated aspirational leader who can build coalitions internally and externally to achieve strategic goals in a dynamic, operational environment of concurrent and competing priorities is essential. Must also possess capability to motivate and manage a diverse, multidisciplinary staff. A bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, architecture, industrial arts, property management, or business administration from an accredited college or university is desired. The incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Architect.


Applicants must clearly show possession and demonstrated leadership experience, normally obtained over several years by serving in positions at the GS-15 level or equivalent for each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Professional Technical Qualification (PTQ). Failure to address and meet any of the ECQs and PTQs via the vacancy questionnaire, will eliminate you from further consideration. Review the ECQ competencies guidance and sample resumes in OPM’s Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualification.

Applicants currently serving in a Senior-Rated (SR) appointment (other than a temporary promotion), career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program and have been certified by the Office of Personnel Management do not need to address the ECQs and must address each PTQ.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's): 
ECQ 1 – Leading Change: The 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: The 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: The 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: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 – Building Coalitions: The 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.

Job ID: 73868264
Washington , Dist. Columbia , United States
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Serving Congress and the Supreme Court, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of the landmark buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill. Our staff preserves and maintains the historic buildings, monuments, art and inspirational gardens on the Capitol campus.

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