Mexico Studies Program Administrator (Director, Mexico Institute)

Washington, D.C
Oct 26, 2020
Oct 28, 2020
Full Time


The vacancy application is extended. Applicants that previously applied do not need to re-apply.

The Mexico Institute addresses a broad range of issues in Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, including political, security, social, cultural, and economic developments. The Institute seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States on Mexico and Mexican perspectives, and to inform U.S. policy towards Mexico and North America.

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The Mexico Studies Program Administrator, serves as Director, Mexico Institute, performs the following essential duties and responsibilities of the position:
  • Serves as the Wilson Center's chief expert and strategist on matters pertaining to Mexico and US-Mexico Relations and serves as senior advisor to executive leadership of the Wilson Center on these issues.
  • Plans and implements programmatic activities related to Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, which include research and publications; conferences, seminars, and targeted briefings, involving individuals from the scholarly, business, media, governmental, and NGO worlds; and media and web-based outreach.
  • Develops original research in English and Spanish that informs policy discussions on key issues related to Mexico.
  • Maintains an individual base of research and publications related to Mexico studies and represents the Wilson Center to outside contacts with funding sources, policy and business leaders, professional associations, and all other key constituencies.
  • Develops and executes fundraising strategies, primarily based on private donations from individuals, companies, and organizations, to maintain and expand the Institute and oversees all expenditures. Accountable for proper use of resources and donations and must report on fund usage and expenditures for all funds including any secured endowment monies.
  • Works closely with the Mexico Institute Advisory Board to strengthen the Institute's programmatic initiatives and resources.
  • Oversees the operations of the Institute, including supervising and managing the performance of staff within the Institute.
  • Works in cooperation with the Scholars and Academic Relations Office to recommend scholars for appointments for periods of residency and cooperates in the administration of an annual international fellowship competition.
  • Collaborates on Center-wide projects, themes, special activities, and new initiatives that advance the Center's mission and interests, including issues of democratic governance, emerging economies, and energy that cut across Center programs.

Language Proficiency Requirement: Spanish (Reading, Speaking, and Writing at Professional Level)

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for this position, which may include international travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You may be required to complete a probationary period.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
  • You must have a valid Social Security Number to apply.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the (3) criteria below:

1. Selective Factors (SF):
  • Advanced degree (e.g., MA, PhD) in Political Science, International Relations, History, Economics or Public Policy related to Mexico, US-Mexico and/or Mexico-North America studies.
  • Professional language proficiency in Spanish (reading, writing and speaking).

Applicants who do not meet the SF will not be eligible for further consideration for this position. This must be supported in your resume / CV and attaching a copy of your academic records showing conferral of the degree.

2. Basic Requirement in A, B, or C below:

The occupational series (0101, Social Science series) requires applicants to meet the basic requirement in accordance to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards :

A. Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; for example, international relations or political science. (Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study with at least 24 semester hours of behavioral or social science courses); or
B. Combination of education and experience that provides knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; or
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

3. Specialized Experience: You must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Providing strategic leadership and developing public programming related to Mexico studies / US-Mexico relations / Mexico-North America relations; conducting research for publication related on Mexico issues, US-Mexico relations and Mexico-North American relations; speaking about major issues in North America-Mexico relations and interacting proactively and effectively with high level officials, academia, media and public audiences; leading employees; and developing and implementing fundraising and outreach strategies, to include grant writing and administration, to sustain the operation of the Institute.

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.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). To further assess if you meet the one full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience, you are required to include the month and year AND the hours per week spent for each of your professional experience.


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see .

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at .

You are required to include a copy of your unofficial academic transcript/s showing the conferment of your degree at the time of application. Your application will be marked "ineligible" if you fail to provide a copy of your academic transcript/s. If selected for the position, you will be required to provide a copy of your official academic transcript/s. You are responsible to any cost associated in obtaining your academic transcripts / records.

Additional information

CTAP/ICTAP: To receive special priority consideration for eligible applicants, you must rate a score of 85 or better on the established ranking criteria. Additional information can be found at CTAP/ICTAP .

EEO Policy: The Wilson Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Schedule A: Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For additional information, see .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement.

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade or higher. The 0101 series (Social Science) is considered a professional job series.

For additional information, see Veteran Information .

Qualifying applications will be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Gold (Best Qualified)
2. Silver
3. Bronze

Applicants who meet the basic qualifications described above will be evaluated further against the following competencies:
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Oral Communication
  • External Awareness
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Resource Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Capital Management
  • Partnering/External Relations
  • Political Savvy

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the job requirements, including any Selective Factor(s), Basic Education, Specialized Experience, and other eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the résumé and other documents submitted.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required for ALL APPLICANTS:
  • A Résumé or CV showing relevant experience includinghours worked per week and month/year dates of employment.
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire completed online.
  • Unofficial academic transcripts demonstrating completion of education requirement (conferment of degree must be indicated on the transcript).

Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference eligibility must submit:
  • A copy of your DD214, Member Copy 4; or
  • A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days for current Active Duty members.

Veterans claiming 10-Point Preference must also submit an SF-15 Form and ALL documents indicated on the form as proof for the type of preference.

Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility must submit:
  • Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from; or
  • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation; or Separation SF-50; or
  • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held; or
  • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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