Facilities Operations Specialist (Critical Systems)
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|Job Type||Full Time|
This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Office of Security Programs (OSP), Assistant Director, Facilities Management Division. The selectee will serve as the Facility Operations Specialist (Critical Systems) for facilities maintained and operated by the Office of Security Programs for Legislative Branch Agencies and Organizations.
Performs facilities, building operations and maintenance, space management, contract administration and oversight critical systems and data center maintenance activities for Architect of the Capitol-maintained buildings and grounds located within the U.S. Capitol Complex and elsewhere within the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Provides and supports overall management of facilities and critical infrastructure supporting data centers and associated facility components and systems. Conducts inspections of critical facility systems to monitor operations and maintenance activities and to identify unusual situations that may require non-scheduled maintenance.
Monitors equipment such as elevators, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, electrical distribution systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, refrigeration units, surveillance systems, perimeter security systems and acoustical barriers. Monitors custodial and maintenance operations for efficiency and cost effectiveness. Works closely with service providers to integrate new and/or improved methods in maintenance procedures.
Provides oversight of contractors performing maintenance and preventative maintenance of mechanical, electrical and facility systems. Ensures contractor performs all work in accordance with the contract statement of work including required generator testing.
Determines facility and client needs and takes action based on the needs assessment that would enhance and benefit OSP facilities and client operations.
Coordinates and prepares Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Method of Procedures (MOPs) for building controls, key equipment, systems, services and scheduled outages. Reviews and ensures adequacy of SOPs and MOPs produced by facility maintenance contractors. Works with the Facility Manager to coordinate all work associated with critical infrastructure upgrades, emergency responses and planned outages.
Identifies and prioritizes work requirements and makes decisions on which tasks to execute based on client impacts, funding constraints and program conflicts.
Creates comprehensive reports on both the technical and administrative aspects of the program for higher management levels.
Develops plans, schedules and coordinates day-to-day work requests, client service tasks, custodial efforts and small, facility-related projects. Works with the Facility Manager to ensure critical work tasks and projects are captured on the Integrated Priority List and that projects/tasks are executed in a timely manner once funding has been secured.
Executes duties in connection with the structural and mechanical care and security of the data centers and grounds. Responsible for maintaining facility-related drawings.
Evaluates the cost of preventative maintenance of existing equipment against the cost of replacement of aging equipment. Coordinates with the Facility Manager regarding the cost-benefit balance in consideration of mission effectiveness.
Prepares solicitation packages that include drawings of the affected areas involved, changes required and descriptions of equipment involved, e.g., augmentations to telecommunications, surveillance systems and automated equipment and services. Follows up with the Acquisition and Material Management Division to obtain the services of contractors. Coordinates with the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative to ensure that construction and installations are completed in strict adherence with contract requirements. Works with stakeholders in order to resolve any concerns regarding installations, construction and renovations.
Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures. Utilizes knowledge of and complies with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Must ensure the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Occasional travel - Traveling to locations among the buildings of the Capitol Complex and to other locations in the DC Metropolitan area and moving within and around facilities to conduct assessments and contractor oversight is required.
Job family (Series)
1640 Facility Operations Services
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.
You must be able to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
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 qualification 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-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Applicant must possess one full year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in private or public sector.
Specialized experience is defined as having experience in the following:
- Performing facilities and building operations and maintenance, space management, contract administration and oversight of critical systems and data center maintenance activities for offices or apartment building complexes, hospitals, recreation facilities, military, or other special-purpose installations; (2) Conducting inspections of critical facility systems to monitor operations and maintenance activities and to identify unusual situations that may require non-scheduled maintenance; (3) Monitoring equipment such as elevators, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, electrical distribution systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, refrigeration units, surveillance systems, perimeter security systems and acoustical barriers; and (4) Providing oversight of contractors performing maintenance and preventative maintenance of mechanical, electrical and facility systems.
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
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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.
The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies
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.
KSA 1 - Professional knowledge of and skill in applying, a comprehensive range of principles, concepts and practices concerning the electrical and mechanical systems used in a data center environment, including, but not limited to the following: electrical distribution and layout, transformers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), generators, switchgear, uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems, static transfer switches (STSs), automatic transfer switches (ATSs), power distribution units (PDUs), chilled water systems, computer room air conditioners (CRACs) and fire suppression systems sufficient to oversee and implement facility operations involving determining equipment, facility and service requirements; developing maintenance concepts, including forecasting usage rates and establishing initial repair and replacement factors; analyzing facility and equipment requirements against customer needs; providing input into budgets based on plans for maintenance, repair work, new construction, alteration projects, replacement of existing equipment or increase in services; and evaluating, enhancing, changing or developing new services, procedures and processes to increase program effectiveness.
KSA 2 - Practical knowledge and experience with data trending/tracking and analysis and ability to rapidly learn and use PC based, integrated critical monitoring systems.
KSA 3 - Ability to use test equipment such as power quality meters, thermal imaging cameras, multi-meters and other test equipment to evaluate and troubleshoot equipment operation.
KSA 4 - Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret complex project documents, including AutoCAD, Visio and PDF documents.
KSA 5 - A technical understanding of engineering fields, including mechanical, electrical and structural, engineering in order to maintain the structural and mechanical operation and efficiency of the building, to include knowledge of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards for data centers and commercial buildings.
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.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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.
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. Learn more about federal benefits.
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