Director - Division of Preservation and Access

Washington, D.C
Feb 17, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

The Division of Preservation and Access provides leadership and support for a sustained national effort to preserve and increase the availability of resources important for research, education, and public programming in the humanities.
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  • Ensures that all grant and cooperative agreement applications are thoroughly and fairly evaluated in accordance with agency procedures.
  • Ensures that the Division's staff follows agency procedures for selecting review panels, conducting panel discussions, and preparing summary review materials with funding recommendations.
  • Identifies budget priorities and manages complex budgets for the Division.
  • Works closely with the Office of the Chairman of NEH to implement agency policy and ensure that Divison staff follow such policies.
  • Stays abreast of developments in the humanities that may affect the operations of the Division.
  • Conveys information about the Division's programs to the public.
  • Supervises the preparation of notice of funding opportunities and other publications.
  • Supervises the work performed by a small professional staff by assigning duties and responsibilities; recommending recruitment, promotion, and reassignment; providing instructions, supervision, and coordination of assignments as necessary, and appraising performance.
  • Collaborates closely with the NEH Office of Grant Management in post-award oversight of the Division's grants and cooperative agreements

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Relevant experience and/or education
  • Favorable background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service


As part of the online application process you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies:

Technical Competence (Humanities/Grants Experience)
Knowledge of how to perform one's job. Refers to specialized knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience.
Budget Administration
Knowledge of budget administration and analysis; including preparing, justifying, reporting on, and executing the budget; and the relationships among program, budget, and reporting systems.
Manages Human Resources
Plans, distributes, and monitors work assignments; evaluates work performance and provides feedback to others on their performance.
Oral Communication
Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, complex); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others and responds appropriately.
Recognizes and uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience

At the GS-15 level Qualified candidates must possess:
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level or equivalent experience.

Specialized experience includes subject matter expertise in historic preservation or another discipline of the humanities, review of applications and programmatic oversight of active grants and cooperative agreements, management and analysis of complex budgets, program evaluation, humanities outreach, creation and administration of collaborative partnerships, planning and directing humanities programs, conducting high-level meetings and making presentations on the humanities, working with humanities organizations, allocating work and setting priorities for a professional staff, determining short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them - or other professional humanities work of equal importance, difficulty, and responsibility. All related experience must be performed in a leadership/supervisory capacity.


An advanced degree or equivalent in cultural heritage, preservation, or another discipline of the humanities is required.

Additional information

1. Veterans' preference rules does not apply to this position however, veterans who are deemed best qualified will receive consideration amongt other candidates. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 (Member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility. If you are a 10-point (CP or CPS) veteran, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

3. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

4. This position may require completion of a 1-year trial period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You will be further evaluated against job-related criteria and placed in one of three pre-defined categories:
  • Best Category - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position.
  • Better Category - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
  • Qualified Category - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement.
Any exaggeration of an applicant's experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating an applicant ineligible, not hiring the applicant, or for termination after he/she begins work. If a determination is made that in responding to the competency-based question an applicant has rated themselves higher than is evident in their resume, experience, and/or education, the applicant's score may be manually adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
  • Resume
  • Transcript

A cover letter and writing sample on humanities subject matter is encouraged but not required.

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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