Health and Fitness Specialist job with USAJobs

Diana J. Smith


The position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, House Office Buildings, House Wellness Center women’s program. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for administering programs in exercise, general nutrition, stress management, and other preventive health measures to Members of Congress. Provides activities to enhance the health, physical fitness and restorative needs of the Members.

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Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 8:00 pm

  • Develops personalized strategies for promoting and coaching health, fitness, and restorative self-care
  • Designs and administers exercise programs on request for individuals’ specific needs
  • Plans individual and group exercises programs that build cardiovascular endurance, neuromuscular strength and balance and flexibility, and other aspects of functional capacity.
  • Conducts health and physical fitness assessments prior to developing an individual exercise plan
  • Conducts assessments that may include but are not limited to cardiovascular exercise capacity, blood pressure monitoring, heart rate monitoring, body composition analysis, strength, balance, mobility, flexibility, posture and functional capacity.
  • Leads exercises individually and in group settings.
  • Teaches exercising individuals techniques in self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-management of bodily functions.
  • Instructs techniques for specialized group fitness activities.
  • Develops educational and service programs promoting preventive health practices, health risks awareness, and recreation for members within the Wellness Center.
  • Instructs members in the proper use of various equipment and facilities, such as treadmills, electronic and computer programmed stationary cycles, air resistant stationary cycles, arm cycles, stair stepping machines, elliptical step machines, rowing machines, skiing machines, various modes of strength training machines, therapeutic whirl pools, and other fitness devices as appropriate
  • Maintains a secure, confidential computer and/or hard copy record keeping system to account for preventive health care records for each participating member.
  • Administers basic life support (i.e., CPR/CCR, AED) and first aid as is necessary. Complies with all safety procedures for equipment utilized.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.

Must be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR/CCR) and skilled in the use of the Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED).

Proof of certification must be provided if selected.


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-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having:

(1) A significant accumulation of time in teaching YOGA;

(2) Experience in leading group exercise activities, including Studio Cycling or Mat Pilates;

(3) Experience coaching/personally training individuals in exercise activities (i.e. cardiovascular conditioning, strength conditioning, mobility, and balance);

(4) Experience teaching/training exercise to diverse populations, including women and seniors; and

(5) Experience designing and leading exercise programs for people of special clinical populations (i.e., those with conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, or metabolic syndrome).



Additional information

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

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.

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. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

KSA 1: Technical Knowledge

KSA 2: Ability to Communicate in Writing

KSA 3: Ability to Communicate Orally

KSA 4: Technology Applications

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. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

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.

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