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Chief, Employee and Labor Relations Branch, Human Capital Management Division

Architect of the Capitol
Washington, District of Columbia 20515
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  • Job Type
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    Full Time
  • Shift
    2nd Shift

At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), we are proud to be ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Our employees are passionate about AOC’s mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court. AOC is a legislative branch agency, the recognized authority on the preservation, maintenance and construction of the world’s most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill. As a global destination for thousands of visitors every day, Capitol Hill intersects history, architecture and art with the birthplace of our nation’s laws.

Reporting to the Chief Human Capital Officer, the Chief of the Employee and Labor Relations Branch will manage day-to-day activities and provide strategic leadership of the Architect of the Capitol’s (AOC) employee and labor relations program. As a strategic business partner, the incumbent will have primary responsibility for developing, implementing and administering progressive employee and labor relations programs and functions involving performance management; rewards and recognition; labor relations; leave programs, including the Family and Medical Leave Act; conduct and disciplinary actions; policies and procedures; workplace violence prevention; and grievances. Specific responsibilities include


  • Providing oversight for the development and maintenance of sound and positive employee and labor relations practices.
  • Leading effectively from both a strategic and tactical perspective, driving the management and delivery of key agency and human capital strategic goals and initiatives pertaining to employee and labor relations, while ensuring day-to-day functions operate successfully.
  • Leading and championing the needs of a talented Employee and Labor Relations team with diverse skills and competencies to foster employee engagement.
  • Serving as an advisor to supervisors and senior AOC management, working to achieve buy-in regarding employee and labor relations programs, activities, and policies; and seeking engagement, as appropriate, to foster dynamic working relationships.
  • Developing and implementing new programs, solutions and systems to support employee and labor relations strategies, including the frameworks necessary to ensure compliance with employment laws, regulations and agency policies.
  • Helping to drive change within the organization by assessing and proposing opportunities for process improvements; adoption of new technologies, workflows and business models.
  • Supporting the Labor Relations Officer and Employee Relations Specialists by serving, when needed, as management’s representative in grievance hearings; arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations, investigations and other related forums.
  • Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the achievement of shared goals.
  • Developing and/or revising employee relations policies and procedures to respond to a dynamic work environment with changing priorities.
  • Providing guidance and interpretation of HR policies; practices and procedures to senior leaders and managers.
  • Developing and analyzing metrics to assess the effectiveness of employee and labor relations programmatic initiatives.
  • Establishing priorities and assigning, directing and evaluating the work of subordinate employees.
  • Developing and conducting training programs for supervisors on various employee relations topics, including coaching and performance management.

Qualifications and Core Competencies:

Proven HR business partner skills including a consultative approach to work, strong analytical skills to leverage knowledge in employment law and fact-based data to provide sound counsel, and coaching skills with a demonstrated track record of exceptional client service delivery.

Demonstrated ability to lead people and achieve buy-in to advance organizational goals and drive effective results is also required. Must also have skill and experience in conflict management and resolution.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, sound judgment with strong planning and problem solving skills are essential. Must also have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives in a fast-paced environment with competing and changing priorities. Proven experience in fostering continuous program/process improvement and innovation.

As a federal employee you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package to include medical and dental insurance, sick leave and vacation time including 10 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.


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