Director for History, Research, and Scholarly Programs

Washington D.C.
May 02, 2019
May 02, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time
Relocation expenses reimbursed No

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  • 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
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    Applicants must clearly demonstrate the necessary level of managerial and leadership skills and competence to perform successfully in this Director for History, Research, and Scholarly Programs position.  In order to qualify for this position, applicants must meet the Basic Qualifications AND the specialized experience requirement noted below. 

    A. Degree: history; or related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history.


    B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    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 they relate to managing educational program initiatives including exhibition development, research, and publications of a large museum, cultural, research or academic organization with an emphasis on American History.

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

    1. Expert knowledge of contemporary methodologies of historiographical analysis to evaluate and synthesize historical evidence drawn from a multiple, disparate sources.

    2. Expert knowledge of conceptualizing and delivering thought-provoking exhibitions grounded in original research and fresh ideas in American history that utilize portraiture and other media to elucidate and chronicle the impact of individuals on American life and culture.

    3. Expert knowledge of historical scholarship writing principles to edit articles and monographs to produce works in peer reviewed publications and books on American cultural and social history and biography.

    4. Skill in leading, supervising or managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse team, including historians, publication professionals, and researchers. This should include attracting, retaining and motivating employees or other personnel, and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action programs.

    The incumbent reports to the Director, NPG and serves on the Executive Team. The supervisor provides broad guidance in terms of overall policy, program objectives and delegated authority. The incumbent plans and executes his or her responsibilities independently.  S/he consults with the Director on major policy or controversial issues, and keeps the Director informed of the status of major programs. Performance is evaluated 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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