Assistant Project Manager

Washington D.C.
Aug 07, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Project Management and Editorial Services (PMES) division of the Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). PMES organizes, leads and coordinates exhibition and special projects ranging in size and complexity from a single case or display to multi-million dollar installations encompassing thousands of square feet of exhibition space within one or more galleries, displays and public spaces. The incumbent supports all other Project Managers on multiple and simultaneous projects and in a variety of ways by maintaining schedules, preparing procurement requests, drafting scopes of work for contracts and developing portions of budgets.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • 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.
  • Experience:You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.

    For this position specialized experience is defined as the management of museum exhibition projects with design, fabrication, object installation, multimedia, and public programming components; analyzing and reporting on progress of museum projects with multiple components; developing and managing budgets with multiple funding sources as they relate to projects; developing and managing electronic project schedules through FastTrack Schedule and other project management software.

    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.

    Or Education:

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree


    3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree


    LL.M., if related

    Or a Combination:

    Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

    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

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    • Manages the full-scope of a variety of museum projects, to include assessing risks, planning work and schedules, allocating resources, tracking and reporting progress, analyzing project results and closing out and maintaining project records.
    • Negotiates for additional resources in terms of project support, such as budget, finance, personnel, and contracting.
    • Leads and facilitates teams consisting of curators, administrators, collections managers, conservators, designers, fabricators, educators, IT/multimedia specialists, lighting designers, A&E contractors, special events specialists, public affairs specialists and other museum staff.
    • Oversees finances for both individual projects and overall programs, including advance accounts, approving and tracking all expenditures.
    • Acts as the contract administrator/manager for consultant contracts and purchase orders and administers contract actions, including serving as the contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR), certifying deliverables and approving payment.

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