Digital Programs Officer

Washington D.C.
Jul 20, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA) at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The Digital Programs Officer leads and directs the Digital Programs division in performing outstanding digital services and provides the vision to seek new, innovative policies, programs and practices to provide exceptional services to the museum and the Smithsonian.

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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for supervisors.
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.

    For this position specialized experience is defined as overseeing a digital program focused on collections management, digital asset management, web development, information architecture, information management and the creation of digital tools and applications, online analysis techniques and tools within a museum or cultural heritage institution.

    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.

    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

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    1. Performs full-range supervisory responsibilities for personnel within the Digital Programs Office.
    2. Administers and leads the information technology program of the OCA, coordinating with other program offices within the museum and throughout SI.
    3. Establishes policies, procedures, and priorities for information technology that will lead to achievement of OCA goals.
    4. Leads, coordinates and develops OCA’s technological capacity, such as digitization, digital editions, online exhibitions, etc., as well as new modes of electronic outreach (blogs, wikis, etc.).
    5. Maintains strong cooperative relationships with the Chief Information Officer and other senior administrators in the Institution concerned with information technology policy, planning and implementation.
    6. Serves as OCA’s representative to Institution-wide planning groups and committees on matters concerned with uses of technology within the Institution.
    7. Acts as expert consultant to other research libraries, museums and associations on matters relating to information technology and policy development.
    8. Interprets trends and assesses impacts of trends in digital and web services, making recommendations on development of new programs.

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