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Assistant Director

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US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations Washington , DC 20319

Posted 4 months ago

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The employee leads the department, plans, develops, and implements scholarship in support of exhibitions, publications, public programs, symposia, curricula development, and other content projects; and takes an active role in setting and pursuing the strategic direction through participation in management meetings and development of associated processes. This position is located in the Department of History and Culture, Museum Research and Scholarship, NMAI.

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  • Heads the NMAI' s Department of History and Culture, a department consisting of approximately ten scholarly positions (historians and research specialists) ranging in grades from. GS-7 to GS-14, and is responsible for direct supervision of these positions. In conjunction with the Associate Director, the incumbent provides general guidelines and direction to scholarly staff and coordinates all associated activities and work assignments.

  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Associate Director, along with the Supervisory Museum Curator, on matters relating to scholarship and its dissemination through the broad programmatic activities of NMAI. Assures appropriate collaboration with exhibitions, advancement, education, collections departments, and public programming. Leads scholarly direction in coordination with NMAI' s strategic priorities.

  • Shares in the primary responsibility for researching, writing, and integrating historical content as a means of providing intellectual program support for the NMAI. The research products are considered definitive and are the basis for major programmatic endeavors, including exhibitions, publications, conferences, lectures, educational materials, web content and other programs that benefit from inclusion of factual historical accounts and Native American perspectives.

  • Utilizes a broad knowledge of exhibition development, interpretive education in museum contexts and museum practices and issues; maintains contact with other museums, high level cultural organizations, and academic programs; and explores feasibility of interactions and alliances, acting in concert with the Director and Associate Director for Museum Research and Scholarship, to carry out joint and reciprocal scholarly endeavors within the means of the museum.

  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with external parties and supports NMAI Advancement staff in their efforts to secure financial support for the museum and its programs. The incumbent will also work to identify opportunities for external grant funding and provide technical information to Advancement staff for the purpose of completing and submitting grant applications.

Travel Required

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation

  • May need to complete a Probationary Period

  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.


Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as leading or supervising a research team in the planning, developing and implementing scholarship in support of exhibitions, publications, public programs symposia, curricula development, and other content projects for a museum or related organization.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):If you are applying for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran and must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

  • Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments

  • Hiring Authorities for Veterans

  • People with Disabilities

Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.



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Assistant Director

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US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations