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    The position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), United States Botanic Garden (USBG), Operations Division. The selectee will manage all aspects of facility operations, capital projects, construction, renovation, maintenance and project management in addition to serving on the USBG’s senior management team and contributing to all aspects of the organization’s operations.

    Learn more here: US Botanic Garden

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    The U.S. Botanic Garden is comprised of approximately 70 positions organized into an Administrative Services Division, a Public Programs Division, a Horticulture Division, and an Operations Division. Physical facilities consist of an administration building, an historic conservatory and fountain, 6.5 acres of outside gardens, and a 33-bay greenhouse production facility on 14 acres. The USBG provides memorable, educational experiences to over 1 million visitors annually and hosts numerous congressional events each year. 

    Serves as liaison with the Planning and Project Management (PPM) jurisdiction, Construction Division, Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs, U.S. Capitol Police and other offices and jurisdictions of the AOC.  Duties quoted at GS-14 level.

    Responsibilities include:

    Facility Maintenance and Operations Management

    • Manages all aspects of operating and maintaining the buildings, greenhouses and other facilities of the USBG, including a large historic conservatory, an administration building and a number of water features on the U.S. Capitol Campus, and a greenhouse support facility with a headhouse comprised of 85,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse bays and several associated buildings and structures in the Blue Plains area of Washington, D.C.
    • Analyzes work requirements and determines staff, equipment, financial and other resources needed to maintain full operating status for facilities housing living plant collections, broad-ranging work activities, large numbers of public visitors, large-scale exhibits, diverse educational programming, and high-level special events.
    • Initiates or coordinates various activities associated with procurement of goods and services and ensures that contracted work proceeds according to quality standards that meet program goals and the functional and aesthetic requirements of the USBG.
    • Develops and executes annual budgets for operations, maintenance and minor construction totaling $4-5 million dollars/year.

     Analysis, Planning and Programming

    • Assesses conditions, current needs and future requirements for all USBG facilities and associated equipment and vehicles. Oversees preventive maintenance plans for all buildings, grounds, vehicles, and equipment.
    • Serves as liaison to various AOC offices on issues related to energy, water and other resource use, conservation and efficiency. Conducts analyses on resource usage and waste generation and identifies and prioritizes potential energy, water and waste reducing technologies and practices with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of USBG operations and construction activities.

    Project Coordination and Contractor Oversight

    • Coordinates and manages all aspects of construction, renovation and maintenance projects, and works with multiple AOC offices and jurisdictions to coordinate work of contractors, AOC construction workers and USBG employees. Is responsible for overseeing all project management from pre-conception through contracting, design, market analysis, sourcing mechanism, procurement and execution.


    • Supervises the workforce through one or more supervisory employees and additional assigned employees and provides managerial oversight to a skilled team of maintenance mechanics with responsibilities in a variety of trades and technical disciplines.
    • Provides guidance on performance management.
    • Initiates nondiscriminatory equal employment opportunity (EEO) practices for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • 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.

    ***This position is essential. The manager is required to report to work during emergencies and inclement weather situations.***


    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 classification 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-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is defined as having experience in 5 of the following areas:
    (1) Supporting the maintenance and operations of a facility such as a botanic garden, greenhouse facility, museum, historic estate, school or similar establishment, including planning for short-, medium-, and long-range needs; (2) Supervising or leading skilled trade employees engaged in facility management or project management; (3) Coordinating capital projects, construction, renovation or maintenance projects, and coordinating work of contractors and employees; (4) Determining staff, equipment, financial and other resources needed to advance construction, renovation or maintenance projects; (5) Performing project management functions, such as establishing and monitoring project timelines and milestones and assigning tasks to employees or contractors; (6) Performing contract administration functions (for example as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent) and documenting and evaluating contract performance.

    Candidates for the GS-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is defined as having experience in 5 of the following areas: (1) Managing the maintenance and operations of a facility such as a botanic garden, greenhouse facility, museum, historic estate, school or similar establishment, including planning for short-, medium-, and long-range needs; (2) Supervising or leading a workforce composed of skilled trade teams responsible for providing facility management or project management services; (3) Coordinating and overseeing all aspects of capital planning, construction, renovation and maintenance projects, and coordinating work of contractors and employees; (4) Establishing and executing plans for adequate staff, equipment, financial and other resources needed to advance construction, renovation or maintenance projects; (5) Performing the full range of project management functions, including establishing and monitoring project timelines and milestones, assigning tasks to employees or contractors, and making resource decisions; (6) Performing the full range of contract administration functions (for example as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent), and documenting and evaluating contract performance.


    This position has promotion potential to the GS-14. A bachelor's degree or higher is required for all AOC positions at grade GS-14 and above. Advancement to the GS-14 is contingent upon possession or attainment of a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    ***A copy of your transcript(s) and/or diploma will be required upon selection if applying for the GS-14.***

    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.

    Additional information

    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 OPM vet guide

    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 http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

    The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information 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 made on a case-by-case basis.
    Moving expenses are not authorized.
    Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    Probationary Period A newly appointed selectee 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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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 responses to job specific self-assessment questions. 

    Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

    • Mastery knowledge of facility administration sufficient to evaluate, adapt, or modify procedures and practices concerning property facilities, utility systems, buildings, equipment, plants, and grounds.
    • Ability to plan and execute substantial budgets and oversee contractors and contract management and administration.
    • Mastery knowledge of construction planning concepts, principles, and practices.
    • Ability to apply this knowledge in the review of studies and drawings and in the development of specialized reports and briefings presented both orally and in writing.

    Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions.  Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. 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).

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

    To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

    Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

    Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC’s Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

    For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

    If Veterans’ preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

    Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation; training and development opportunities, etc.

    The Architect of the Capitol offers eligible employees opportunity to participate in the Student Loan Repayment Program.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply


    If you are a new user to the USAJOBS Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJOBS user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help with setting up an account or for general assistance in using USAJOBS, go to USAJOBS Help Page.

    If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at MGSHELP@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS “Saved Documents” feature.

    If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center for technical assistance in entering your application. The Employment Center is located at 441 Second & D Streets S.W., Washington, D.C., Room H2-178, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call (202) 226-7000 for directions.

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    Architect of the Capitol
    2nd and D Street, S.W.
    Washington, District of Columbia 20515
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value of plants to people and to earth's fragile ecosystems.

    Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the USBG is the oldest botanic garden in North America and provides engaging, educational experiences to over one million visitors annually. Since 1934, it has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol.

    The mission of the USBG is to demonstrate the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humanity. Learn more at https://www.usbg.gov.

    Next steps

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    You can check the status of your application by logging into http://www.usajobs.gov. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJOBS Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within two (2) weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/532921400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.