The Architect of the Capitol (Architect), appointed for a 10-year term by the President of the United States, is responsible to the United States Congress for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the United States Capitol complex, which includes the Capitol, the House and Senate office buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court building, the U.S Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power Plant, the Capitol Grounds , and other facilities. In total, the Architect oversees approximately 18.5 million square feet of space across 570 acres of land covering 36 structures. The Capitol campus is home to 30,000 daily occupants and hosts more than 3 million visitors annually. For more information, please visit www.aoc.gov.
The first Architect of the Capitol was appointed in 1793 by President George Washington. Until 1989, the position of the Architect of the Capitol was filled by Presidential appointment for an indefinite term. Legislation enacted in 1989 provides that the Architect is to be appointed for a term of 10 years by the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Upon confirmation by the Senate, the Architect becomes an official of the Legislative Branch as an officer and agent of Congress; the Architect is eligible for reappointment after completion of his/her term. To date, there have been 11 Architects of the Capitol.
The Organizational Structure
The historic and high-profile use of the buildings under the Architect’s care creates a complex environment. All employees work to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders which include members of Congress, committees, congressional leadership and staff, the visiting public, and other clients.
The staff works in nine “jurisdictions” that are responsible for the day-to-day operations throughout the Capitol complex. These operations include the mechanical, electrical, structural, and maintenance needs of the buildings and grounds, as well as any necessary improvements. The staff also supports inaugural ceremonies, state funerals, and other events held within the complex. The architecture, engineering, and construction groups work to design and complete projects safely, on time and within budget, and assure that they are of the highest quality, while a host of skilled craftspeople repair, maintain, and preserve the historic buildings and furnishings. The nine jurisdictions include:
Capital Construction and Operations: Central Office functions and the management and operations of the activities, programs, and projects that affect all jurisdictions: Architecture and Engineering Services; Safety, Fire and Environmental Management; Financial Management; General Counsel; Security; Communications; Information Systems; Human Resources; and Procurement.
Capitol Building: Maintenance, preservation, and structural and mechanical care of the Capitol building and Capitol Visitor Center; planning with the proper authorities for ceremonies held in the building and on the grounds, as well as the care and repair of works of art that are integral to the Capitol, including historical paintings, friezes, busts, and statues.
Capitol Grounds: Care, maintenance, and improvement of the Capitol grounds, including approximately 222 acres of landscaping, parks, streets and parking facilities.
Senate and House Office Buildings: Maintenance, preservation, structural, and mechanical care of the Senate and House office buildings, including the maintenance and operation of Senate and House subways, Senate and House garages and the Senate restaurants.
Capitol Power Plant: Maintenance, preservation, and structural and mechanical care and operation of the Capitol Power Plant as well as the following facilities: the Capitol, the House and Senate office buildings, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Union Station, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Government Publishing Office, and the Postal Square Building.
Library Buildings and Grounds: Structural and mechanical care of the buildings and grounds maintenance of approximately 24 acres. Additionally, responsible for 100 acres and numerous facilities at Fort Meade, MD and Culpeper, VA, for long-term storage needs of the Congress.
Capitol Police: Buildings and grounds maintenance, care, and operation of the U.S. Capitol Police buildings and grounds.
S. Botanic Garden: Providing maintenance, care, and operations of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and other growing facilities.
Capitol Visitor Center: Responsible for all facets of the Capitol Visitor Center, which welcomes more than 2.2 million visitors per year.
Reporting to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and the Committee on House Administration, and additionally to House and Senate leadership offices and the Committees on Appropriations, the Architect of the Capitol will be responsible for leading a large, complex organization with a $720 million annual budget and 2,200 employees, in all matters from daily operations to multi-year strategic planning. S/he will be responsible for maintaining, preserving, enhancing and improving the grounds and complex of the United States Capitol. A true national treasure, the complex includes some of the most architecturally significant facilities in the nation. The Architect will work with Senate and House leadership to execute a specific strategy to provide enhanced services that will increase the level of service to the Capitol complex community and provide transparency of operations to that community.
Currently, the Architect is leading the renewal of the Cannon House Office Building estimated at more than $752 million over 10 years; restoration of the deteriorating stone façade and roof of the historic U.S. Botanic Garden; improvements to the Russell Senate Office Building exterior; Senate Underground Garage and Landscape Restoration; façade repair of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building; and the U.S. Capitol exterior preservation to name a few. To view all projects, click https://www/aoc.gov/projects/list.
The Architect also serves as a member of several governing or advisory bodies: U.S. Capitol Police Board, Congressional Accessibility Services Board, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Capital Memorial Commission, District of Columbia Zoning Commission, District of Columbia Board of Zoning Adjustment, and the Art Advisory Committee to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He/she is also an ex officio member of the United States Capitol Preservation Commission and the National Building Museum.
Key Duties include:
Provides leadership and administration for the operation, maintenance, and security of the Capitol complex’s facilities and ensures the delivery of services that support Members of Congress, their staff and visitors.
Communicates with and responds to Members of Congress and their staff, with particular attention to ensuring that oversight committees and leadership are fully informed and that their feedback is incorporated in policies, planning, and project implementation.
Preserves, maintains and improves the physical environment and operating infrastructure of the entire Capitol complex.
Plans and implements historic preservation efforts.
Develops and implements a master plan for future development of the Capitol complex.
Administers a broad-range of contracts for building, engineering, and design services.
Acquires consultant architectural, engineering, and other professional expertise.
Responsible for the design and construction of security enhancements.
Responsible for the design and construction of the presidential inaugural stands on the West Front of the Capitol and the bicameral congressional moves.
In coordination with the U.S. Capitol Police, responsible for the installation and implementation of building security and life-safety projects.
Oversees visitor services, tours and educational programming for the Capitol Visitor Center and U.S. Botanic Garden.
Preserves and cares for the art in the United States Capitol and other buildings.
Acquires and leases space on behalf of the Congress.
Responsible for the implementation of the Congressional Accountability Act for workers under his/her jurisdiction.
Supervises and manages Senate and Capitol Visitor Center restaurants.
Responsible for Senate and House health service facilities and fitness centers.
Plays an integral role in all Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) activities for the Congress.
A strategic visionary and transformative leader with a minimum of 20 years of experience in facilities operation and construction management
Proven experience leading and managing a large, diverse workforce.
Broad experience leading and managing large-scale daily operations within a complex organization in a political and media-saturated environment.
Demonstrated success in driving significant measurable improvement in organizations with major capital infrastructures, broad unionized workforces, and significant government regulation and oversight.
Ability to build strong relationships with Congressional leaders, unions, employees, and the broader Capitol complex community.
Ability to operate, preserve, improve and manage multiple facilities and grounds.
Understanding of, or experience with, historic preservation methods and procedures.
Knowledge of life safety, environmental compliance and security issues.
Financial acumen and proven ability to prepare and manage a large budget.
Outstanding leadership, presentation and communication skills.
Commitment to quality, excellence, and the highest levels of customer service.
Acquisition and procurement experience.
Architectural training and licensure a plus.
Exposure to unique and historically significant facilities is strongly desired.
Education: An undergraduate degree with a concentration in architecture, engineering, urban planning, business administration or a related field. A graduate level degree is preferred.
EEO: The AOC’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity. AOC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.
Other: U.S. Citizenship required. Completion of a background investigation required. Candidates will be required to obtain TS/SCI clearance.
Deadline: To be considered, please submit your resume as a MS Word document by February 15, 2019.
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