Job Overview


The mission of the Architect of the Capitol 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 460 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 delivers professional expertise on the preservation and curation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to our care. Learn more at


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 commitment 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 great PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Architect of the Capitol applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Evaluates new construction, alteration, and/or renovation projects for compliance with fire protection codes and standards.

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs, Fire Marshal Division. The incumbent is under the supervision of the Chief Fire Marshal and performs a variety of professional duties with respect to the review and analysis of, and acceptance of recommendations for, the design, construction and/or modification of fire protection systems, equipment, assemblies or buildings coming under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. Participates with the technical and administrative functions or activities under the jurisdiction of the Fire Marshal.
Analyzes large blocks of unknown or controversial data and provides expert technical advice and guidance on unique and complex problems and issues that arise in fire prevention and protection programs. Plans and conducts advanced technical work in areas where fire protection criteria is not established. Investigates fires and other life safety related incidents to determine actions required and the cause of the incident. Recommends corrective actions.
Evaluates new construction, alteration, and/or renovation projects for compliance with fire protection codes and standards. Responds to critical incidents to provide on-site fire protection guidance on status of building and fire protection systems and evaluation of status of building safety.
Makes field surveys of existing fire protection, mechanical or electrical installations on their own initiative and responsibility when required for a specific hazard or project. Performs field investigations, reviews preliminary design concepts, performs or reviews design calculations, reviews final working drawings, evaluates engineered products and performs construction supervision and coordination as required on each assigned project.

Identifies and resolves performance and specification compliance issues. Maintains Problem Reports through disposition.
Tours of duty may require periodic and substantial periods of night and/or weekend work.