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Deputy Director for Capital Construction — Department of General Services



Open date:   January 2, 2018

Close Date:  Open until filled

Salary Range:  Excepted Service, Grade 10 ($115,928 to $173,891)


The mission of the Department of General Services (DGS) is to elevate the quality of life for the District with superior construction, first-rate maintenance and expert real estate management. By building and maintaining safe and green state-of-the-art facilities which foster economic growth and elevate educational environments, our trusted and skillful employees create modern and vibrant communities across all of the District of Columbia.  

The Capital Construction Division's goal is to  deliver quality, efficient and functional capital projects on-time and on-budget.The Deputy Director Capital Construction is responsible for the capital improvement and construction program, including, but not limited to: TI and Relocation, Government Facilities, Education Facilities, Construction Public Safety Facilities, Recreation Facilities, and Horizontal Development.  For more about DGS please visit here:



The Deputy Director of Construction serves under the general direction of the Chief of Staff, who provides administrative direction. Assignments are initiated through discussions, conferences, or directives with the Chief of Staff and the Director that broadly define missions and functions.  The incumbent independently directs implementation of the agency's objectives and keeps the Director informed of decisions, commitments, and actions that have policy implications and far-reaching implications. The work is reviewed only for accomplishment of goals within broad guidelines and compliance with internal operating and administrative policies and procedures. Results of the work are considered as technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. Recommendations for new projects and alterations of objectives are usually evaluated only for such consideration as availability of funds and other resources, and to discuss broad program goals and priorities.  Expert judgment is used in interpreting the intent of existing guides, in identifying areas of interest that



  • Manages the constructional operations of DGS. Directs and oversees, through subordinate supervisors the operations and functions of this major division within DGS. 
  • Works closely with the Office of Contracting and Procurement and the Office of Finance and Resource Management to achieve the DGS’s capital construction goals and objectives.
  • Formulates and approves plans, policies, goals, and objectives for the Office and administers the implementation of activities designed to support these plans and polices.
  • Recommends and implements actions to integrate and coordinate the key services of the Office in order to improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and maximize the value of the District's real property assets.
  • Resolves technical and administrative conflicts among subordinate areas.
  • Works with District agencies in coordinating their construction needs and placement in the order for constructional funds.  May assist an agency with application/paperwork to secure additional  non-District funds.
  • Supervises subordinates in the oversight of construction projects – from planning through final punch lists.   Assists with any unusual or regulatory issues that require senior level input.
  • Assists the Director in developing responses to inquiries from the Mayor, City Council, Congress, and the public as requested.
  • Performs other related duties 'as assigned.



  • BS degree in Architecture, Construction Management, Engineering, or a related field and ten (10) years of increasing more responsible construction management experience.
  • At least three years at a senior management level or an equivalent combination of 14 years education, training, and/or experience indicating the ability to perform the position is required. 
  • Certification is desired.
  • Mastery of design and construction as well as real estate principles, policies and methodologies of large scale property management.
  • Expert knowledge. and skills to analyze and resolve conflicts in policy and program objectives and/or problems in very complex or controversial transactions involving complex negotiations.
  • Ability to perform and direct effective negotiations and competitive bidding procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of construction management, real estate principles and practices, and in-depth understanding of the real estate market in District as well as extensive analysis of highly complex financial data, and the use of innovative construction, renovation, occupation approaches.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in providing leadership in a managerial capacity, and in a team-based environment; securing the support and cooperation of officials; communicating ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing to translate realty language, and prepare recommendations and findings; and developing and sustaining positive business relationships.


There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

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