Program Specialist

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District of Columbia, D.C
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 20, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time


The National Museum of African American History and Culture's primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct research in the field of African American history, to publish findings for all audiences; and interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has different centers within the Museum that provide an innovative approach to community outreach and engagement, providing opportunities to expand on topics beyond the Museum's permanent exhibitions. The Centers also enable the Museum to reach global audiences through increased digital access to our collection, research, and scholarly work. The Center for the Study of Global Slavery (CSGS) reveals the scope and international impact of the historical slave trade and recognizes the resilience of people of African descent throughout the African diaspora in resistance to slavery. Through international, innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration the CSGS promotes, expands and changes both the research and practices of museums and other public humanities institutions around the history and afterlives of racial slavery and the global slave trade.

This position is located in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Office of Curatorial Affairs, centered in the Center for the Study of Global Slavery (CSGS). The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring timely operation and organization of CSGS projects (Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) and the Global Curatorial Project (GCP)) and initiatives of the Center, including:
  • organizing, implement and/or coordinating public and educational programs; training programs, workshops; convenings; exhibitions; and public history-related projects around topics related to African, African American and Diaspora history;
  • coordinating the SWP and GCP initiative including extensive global fieldwork in Europe, Latin and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa as well as domestic fieldwork and planning travel in the United States;
  • assisting the CSGS director and staff to create and implement formal operation protocols;
  • assisting in the development of contracts, letters of intent, memorandums of understanding, etc., to solidify partnerships for an ongoing exhibition partnership; and
  • coordinating with the Media and Public Affairs office for media requests.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and international travel will be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
11 - This position is at the full performance level--GS-11.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.

Please note: This announcement has been amended to update the salary to reflect the 2021 pay schedule.

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


Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-X level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as facilitating collaborations and partnerships with cultural heritage organizations, (culturally-related museums, libraries, archives, or preservation organizations); coordinating and convening diverse stakeholder meetings; crafting and implementing programs; and preparing Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), proposals, contracts and fulfilling a range of procurement duties.

Or Education : Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to this position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

Or a
Combination : Education and experience, in part, totaling 100% may be combined to meet the basic qualifications.

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.


Additional information

Flexible Spending Accounts -
Health Insurance -
Leave -
Life Insurance -
Long Term Care Insurance -
Retirement Program -

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
  • Knowledge of project planning and processes.
  • Ability to work within and across departments and institutions on multicultural and international project teams.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, communicate and implement professional development and capacity building programs domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to prepare proposals, MOUs and contracts for partnerships and programs.
  • Knowledge of history and experience conducting program work within the field of African American, African, and/or Afro Diasporan History and Culture.

  • Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

    Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.

    Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.

    Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.

    This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

    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 is 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 this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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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

    Required Documents

    Your application package should include the following documents:
    • Resume - Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

      USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
    • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
    • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
    • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

    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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