Supervisory Museum Specialist (Head of Public Programs)

Washington, D.C
May 24, 2022
May 25, 2022
Program Manager
Full Time

The incumbent:
  • Supervise and align accessible programs, community programs, family programs, workshops and lectures for adults, film, and music within the Department of Public Programs.
  • Guide program areas in planning their annual suite of programs and offerings, ensuring alignment with institutional priorities and goals.
  • Serve as a programmatic partner, working closely with stakeholders including other PED Heads, Visitor Experience and Evaluation, Curatorial, Digital Experience, and others, and builds authentic relationships with external collaborators.
  • Maintain a broad working knowledge of the field and diverse program formats so that choices can be made to serve audiences most effectively in innovative ways.
  • Set priorities, budget, and direction for dynamic and adaptive public programs based on the collection and exhibitions at the NGA, the incumbent employs knowledge of art history, education, or a related field combined with extensive experience of working with multigenerational audiences in an art museum.
  • Lead and supervise staff to ensure that plans are carried out, established programs are maintained in effective operation, and new, strategic initiatives are incorporated to fulfill audience learning and engagement goals.
  • Models and contributes to a welcoming and friendly atmosphere through a positive and collaborative attitude; reflects the National Gallery's core values.
  • Research and evaluates new and emerging scholarship, trends in museum programming, contemporary artistic practices, and higher education and museum profession curricula for program development and management.
  • Oversee the annual departmental budget, allocating funds and resources.
  • Direct budgets for both programs and research projects.
  • Apply principles of sound financial management to all projects to ensure that the department's programs remain within the bounds of the approved budget.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.


Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1016-14.

Specialized Experience Statement:

For this position, specialized experience is at least one year of experience , equivalent in responsibility to the GS-13 level, responsible for the overall development, management, supervision, direction, and evaluation of public programs, both in-person and virtual for an education division in a major organization or institution.

Other Relevant Eligibility Criteria :


Your application and resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must show in your résumé how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. If asked to do so, cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates.
  • Mastery knowledge of the principles, processes, traditions and research methods in the history of art and the history of education, learning theory, and the methodology of museum education; knowledge of educational technology
  • Mastery knowledge of the field of museum education and educational research and theory, especially technical and applied research; familiarity with schools, curriculum development, learning theory, educational measurement, trends in museum programming, contemporary artistic practices, and higher education and museum profession curricula for program development and management; and educational technology.
  • Working knowledge of the Gallery's federal and trust fund budgeting programs; skill in using Oracle, the Gallery's on-line accounting system, particularly for approval of staff purchases; ability to track multiple project and operations budgets, including Federal, Trust, Grants, and Exhibition's funding, and create accurate reports; and familiarity with federal and trust procurement and basic contracting procedures.
  • Knowledge of management techniques and experience setting goals and drafting procedures; for managing all aspects of the department; ability to lead and supervise work of subordinates and coordinate programmatic activities of colleagues within a set time frame and despite rigid deadlines.

  • "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    EDUCATION: Are you using education to qualify?

    Although this position does not have a positive education requirement, you may submit copies of your transcripts or a course listing. You must provide documentation supporting your education claims.

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website .

    Additional information

    The National Gallery of Art fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.


    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

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