Director, Office of Government Relations
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
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 advanced degree is highly desirable.
In addition, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 level. Specialized experience is defined as the demonstrated knowledge and leadership skills as it relates to providing advice, insight, analysis, coordination and liaison with respect to legislative and political activities related to programs and activities of a large, multi-disciplinary complex organization.
The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
1. Demonstrated ability to manage an office that carries out a large number of diverse and often complex projects, and consistently meets the standards and expectations of the Secretary, and other key stakeholders.
2. Demonstrated ability to understand and conceptualize the diverse missions, goals, needs, and operating environment of the central Smithsonian administration and units, including your ability to work collaboratively and to establish and maintain strong relationships.
3. Experience working effectively with representatives of Government agencies, private organizations and partners, and members of the public.
4. Skill in leading, supervising and managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse workforce. This should include attracting, retaining and motivating employees and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action programs.
The Assistant Secretary for Communications & External Affairs provides administrative supervision to include overall guidance on broad policy, program objectives, and budget limitations. Within this framework, the incumbent is responsible for planning and carrying out the assignment, resolving most, if not all, of the issues that arise, coordinating the work with others, and interpreting policy. Major legislative actions are discussed with the Assistant Secretary to keep him/her informed and to seek policy guidance on controversial or sensitive issues. The Assistant Secretary for Communications & External Affairs periodically reviews completed work products for overall effectiveness in meeting 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.
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 preparing 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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