Deputy Director, National Museum of Natural History

Washington D.C.
May 09, 2018
May 09, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
  • Pass Pre-Employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
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    Applicants must clearly demonstrate the necessary level of managerial and leadership skills and competence to perform successfully in this position. This includes a degree in an applicable subject matter field, or a combination of education and appropriate experience that provides knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a four year course of study in an applicable subject matter field. An MBA/advanced degree in a related field from a leading university is highly desired.

    In addition, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-­15 level or equivalent private sector level. This experience is defined as the demonstrated knowledge and leadership skills related to management/operations expertise in a museum, nonprofit organization, foundation, private corporation, or government agency that has been acquired through years of progressive experience.

    The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

    1. Demonstrated leadership and familiarity with museum management, including management of functions such as exhibitions, curation and collections management, conservation, education, public communication of science, marketing and public programs.

    2. Demonstrated experience in leading and managing a large and multi-faceted anthropological, biological or geological science research organization or program, including a track record of creating a strong pipeline for philanthropic gifts and grant based funding.

    3. Demonstrated experience in leading, planning and managing long-range museum operations, including facilities and safety operations, capital improvement, security and information technology operations. This should include experience with executive level budgeting, metrics and resource management.

    4. Skill in leading and managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse workforce. This should include fostering teamwork and high morale; attracting, retaining and motivating employees; and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action policies and programs.

    The incumbent receives administrative supervision from the Director, National Museum of Natural History, who provides broad outlines of basic policy, program objectives, and delegated authority and responsibility. The incumbent plans and carries out assigned responsibilities independently. The incumbent consults with the Director on major policy questions or controversial issues, and keeps him informed of all significant programs and potential problems. Work performance is appraised in terms of overall effectiveness in the attainment of program goals and objectives.

    This position has been reviewed to determine the level of POSITION SENSITIVITY. Based on the nature of the work, the position has been determined to be Public Trust/HIGH RISK. This designation will require 1) a pre-employment Security Agency Check (SAC) for the prospective incumbent; and 2) a subsequent comprehensive background investigation and favorable adjudication in order to continue in the position.

    The Smithsonian Institution does not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

    The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The qualifications listed in this document will be used along with your resume and your responses to the questions posed in the electronic application process to determine the candidates who will move forward in the evaluation process. When crafting your responses to the questions, please provide concise, detailed information on your background and experience.

    Important Note:
    Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to the major duties and qualifications criteria listed for this position.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the average number of hours per week spent in such employment.
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