Assistant Director

US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations Washington , DC 20319

Posted 7 days 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  • Shares in the primary responsibility for researching, writing, and integrating historical content as a means of providing intellectual program support for the NMAI.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

Not 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 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


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.

There is no education substitution.

All applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will receive a final rating within one of three category groups based on one or more stages of evaluation which measure job-related criteria:

Best Category

  • Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.

Better Category

  • Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.

Good Category

  • Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.

This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each quality category. The Hiring Manager may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no veteran in that category is passed over to select a non-veteran in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Veterans who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

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

US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations