Job Overview


**This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to 06/23/14.

The Commission of Fine Arts, an independent agency, established in 1910 by Act of Congress, is charged with giving expert advice to the President, Congress, and heads of departments and agencies of the federal and District of Columbia governments on matters of design and aesthetics, as they affect the federal interest and preserve the dignity of the nation’s capital. The Commission consists of seven “well qualified judges of the fine arts,” who are appointed by the President and serve for a term of four years.

If selected you will serve as a staff Architect or Historian for the Commission of Fine Arts located in Washington, DC.

The Commission of Fine Arts has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

This vacancy is also announced as CFA-KN-14-MM1128877(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.


The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
• Assists the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and other staff members in architectural design, art, and matters relating to: the preparation of projects submitted to the Commission for review; the conduct of public meetings each month regarding the public; and professional contacts relating to projects submitted to the Commission. 
• Prepares submission case files, draft reports, and keeps complete and timely records of the Commission’s actions.
• Responsible for the initial review and processing of incoming case materials for the Old Georgetown Act, Shipstead-Luce Act, and other assigned project cases.
• Examines incoming submission materials for completeness, legibility, and accuracy while carefully reviewing proposals for architectural design, historic preservation, civic design, landscape design within contexts that may be historic, monumental, or otherwise specialized.
• Visits and photographs sites of proposed projects.
• Contacts applicants, designers, and community representatives to assure full public notice, completeness of submission materials, and a clear understanding of any influencing factors.
• Assists other professional staff with presentations to the Commission of Fine Arts and the Old Georgetown Board regarding the various cases to be reviewed. 
• Develops historical and architectural data for presentation during scheduled meetings or for publications relating to Washington buildings, monuments, fountains, parks, streets, and other architectural and planning features.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional local travel, 1-5 days a month, and other travel 1-5 days per year.

Relocation Authorized

  • No