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Community Planner

Architect of the Capitol

Washington, DC United States

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Planning and Project Development Division, Facilities Planning Branch is seeking a Community Planner who will serve as Senior Master Planner engaged in the development of long range planning documentation and studies, position papers, program development and project management in support of the Capitol Complex Master Plan. AICP and LEED AP certifications are preferred but not required.


The selectee will serve as Senior Master Planner, performing duties that are broad in scope, with respect to the development of long range planning documentation and studies, position papers, program development and project management in support of the Capitol Complex Master Plan requiring extensive knowledge of the agency program goals and objectives. The selectee will also coordinate planning activities with other agencies within the Washington, DC area and must possess, to a high degree, technical judgment, tact, imagination and resourcefulness. Duties quoted at GS-14 level.

Major Duties

Land Use Planning and Projects

  • Responsible for all facets of Master Planning including five and ten year planning strategies, GIS mapping and other related planning guidance. Knowledge should include transportation planning, urban design and charrette/facilitation experience. Responsible for maintenance of the Master Plan and its various components including integrating all facility and grounds related plans and programs within the agency. Coordinates updates to the Master Plan and periodically reviews it to ensure that it supports the agency's stated goals and objectives and subsequently directs changes as required.
  • Develops or reviews information and plans and makes recommendations on complex planning problems related to a variety of land uses involving conflicting factors, economic growth and the social and cultural welfare involving Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and local municipalities. Recommends changes to project plans and designs, as required, to eliminate conflicting factors and to implement latest concepts, ideas and requirements. Assignments typically require interpretation of policies and guidelines for which precedents may not exist.
  • Coordinates Real Property data ensuring all real property actions are in agreement with the Master Plan and master planning guidelines. Coordinates and negotiates with other high level professionals in associated fields.
  • Acts as a Project Manager or Program Manager on wide ranging planning projects and is responsible for independently administering multiple projects and programs some of major size, scope and complexity in accordance with AOC best practices, which may include definition and preparation of project scope, initial cost estimates and estimated project duration. Performs contract administration activities for significant, highly specialized procurements. Responsibilities typically include functions such as incremental funding, redirection of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of change orders, issuance of stop work orders, approval of progress payments and final payment to the contractor.

Outside Agency Liaison and Coordination

  • Serves as master planning subject matter expert and is chief liaison for the agency representing the agency at meetings of local and state governments, outside agencies and congressional staffers on matters relating to long range planning and other real property initiatives. Prepares reports, briefings and papers based upon these meetings and applies the information to the AOC through recommendations on impacted planning issues.
  • Keeps the Supervisor informed on all internal and external planning activities and provides jurisdiction personnel feedback on their planning programs and associated outside agency programs, which may have jurisdictional impact.

Advice and Guidance

  • Prepares planning requirements and criteria for complex, high value projects for design and construction or other modifications of facilities and grounds and is seen as a technical expert in the area of planning. Provides counsel to agency management on broad planning issues requiring decisions that may have substantial future impact. Reviews and provides guidance and technical advice to fellow employees within the organization in the performance of related assignments characterized by constantly changing climate and is available to those employees for consultation on assigned projects. Resolves technical difficulties as well as issues that can be overcome by changes in approach, criteria or requirements.
  • Develops position papers and briefings to the Architect of the Capitol and members of Congress. Advises the agency on state-of-the-art policies and procedures for facility programming and facility design and construction. Leads charrettes and facilitates workshops with agency directors and other stakeholders.
  • Has working knowledge of the International Building Code (IBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) as well as the local zoning regulations and the city's Comprehensive Plan.

As a federal employee you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package to include medical and dental insurance, sick leave and vacation time including10 paid holidays per year, thrift savings plan similar to a 401(k) plan, flexible work schedules, flexible spending account, group life insurance and professional development and training opportunities.


Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Facilities and Infrastructure Planning
Salary Range
$96,970 to $148,967 per year