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    Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, you can make history at the National Archives. Our dedicated staff works across a variety of career fields to safeguard the records of the Federal Government - more than 10 billion of them.

    In this position, you will serve as the Education Specialist with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum located in Atlanta, GA. You will be responsible for developing, implementing, and administering plans, policies, and procedures for all education related programs of the Library using archival materials and artifacts.

    Visit our Employee Gallery at www.archives.gov/careers to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking. If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the National Archives!

    For more information, visit: http://archives.gov/ andhttps://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/

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    This position is being filled at the developmental level, at the full performance level you will perform all of the following duties:

    • Designs, creates, implements, evaluates and modifies outreach programs that educate the public, enrich the teaching of history, social science and civics in schools and life-long learners through the use archival materials and artifacts.
    • Develops and implements plans for museum and archival programs such as gallery talks, camps, symposiums, teacher workshops, etc. for a variety of audiences including the general public, K-12 school groups, university students, teachers and adult life-long learners visiting the Library.
    • Serves as a resource to teachers concerning questions of instructional methods on historical material and programs, (e.g., the teaching of American History, Government, the Presidency, and on the use of archival materials in the classroom and the use of the museum as another means of teaching).
    • Conceptualizes and develops the content of these programs. Researches, develops, and publishes curriculum and teacher study guides for grades K-12 relative to but not limited to President and Mrs. Carter,the Carter Administration, the office of the President, general civic engagement, domestic and foreign policy, presidential campaigning and archives and museum.
    • Gives presentations to classes and other groups visiting the Library. Delivers historical presentations to classes in schools, colleges, and other institutions.
    • Develops creative methods and tools to engage students in museum learning and provides training in these to museum volunteer docents.
    • Develops teacher, student and visitor guides for new and existing Museum exhibits and Library holdings in print and via the Internet, the Library's web page and social media.
    • Works closely with the museum and archival staff and Carter Center staff.
    • Works closely with the Library's communications officials to ensure that programs are well publicized, reaching as wide an audience as possible. Oversees program evaluation and modification.
    • Works closely with the academic and school communities, other presidential libraries and cultural institutions in planning programs and proposing joint sponsorship where appropriate.
    • Prepares proposals to obtain external support, cooperation and sponsorship from various private and government organizations.
    • Works with state and national social science educators on grant funded education programs.
    • Assists in the planning and design of other programs administered by the Carter Library and Carter Center.
    • Represents the Library at local and national conferences and educator's meetings. Coordinates Library's participation in educational projects such as National History Day with other educational and cultural institutions.
    • Expands the Library's resources to meet the needs of people with physical and developmental disabilities.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Approximately 5 %

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Background and/or Security Investigation required
    • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 90 days

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


    Basic Requirements: A degree that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position (e.g. history, museum education, political science, social studies, archival studies, etc.); OR
    A combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above.

    GS-11 - In addition to the Basic Requirements above, candidates must have had one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level.

    Specialized Experience: working in a museum or similar setting developing and implementing education related programs and curriculum guides using archival materials, artifacts and primary sources; designing, implementing, evaluating outreach programs that education the general public from K-12 school groups, teachers, college students and life-long learners.

    Substituting education for experience: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position (i.e. history, museum education, political science, social studies).

    Note: Due to the positive education requirements of this position, you must submit a copy of all of your college transcripts. Graduates of foreign schools must have their academic credentials evaluated through a recognized credential evaluating institution.

    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.

    For more information, please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's "Operating Manual: Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions".http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1700/general-education-and-training-series-1701/


    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.

    Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof of eligibility (The member 4 copy of your DD-214, or other copies that indicate character of discharge is preferable). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see Veteran's Information Page, USAJOBS - Veterans

    Schedule A Hiring/Appointing Authority: This is a special hiring authority under 5 CFR § 213.3102 (u) that covers applicants with cognitive developmental disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities. In order to be considered under this special hiring authority applicants need to provide proof of disability and job readiness certification. The proof of disability and job readiness certification can be provided by the following: 1) a statement or letter from a licensed physician or medical professional issued on their office letterhead; 2) statement, record or letter from a Federal government agency that issues or provides disability benefits; 3) statement, record or letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor; or 4) certification from a licensed private Vocational Rehabilitation or other Counselor that issues or provides disability benefits. For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
    Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be eligible under the ICTAP or CTAP guidelines to apply for special selection consideration. You must meet minimum qualifications, including selective factors, experience, and education requirements (if applicable), and be rated well-qualified for the position (i.e., receive a score of 85 or above based on your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire). You must provide a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form with your application or an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Your resume must specifically and clearly show your possession of the required specialized experience and your possession of the required competencies.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

      • Applies Knowledge of American History and Government
      • Communication
      • Conducts Outreach Activities
      • Conducts Public Affairs
      • Designs and/or Delivers Educational/Public Programs
      • Develops and/or Monitors Budgets
      • Leads Teams
      • Manages Learning Center and/or Public Programming Spaces
      • Manages Projects
      • Manages Volunteer Programs
      • Utilizes Computer Technology
    For Competitive/All U.S. Citizens - Based on the information you provided in your application package, you will be assigned to one of three quality categories - Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Qualified veterans are placed ahead of non-veterans within each category. Qualified veterans with a service connected disability of 10% or more are placed ahead of non-veterans in the best qualified category.

    For Non Competitive Applicants (see the Other Information section for more details on Schedule A Hiring/Appointment Authority) - If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application, you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

    NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or your responses are not supported by your resume, your score will be adjusted. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume showing Job title, duties, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), and salary.
    2. Other supporting documents:

    • College transcript(s), if selected official transcripts will be required.
    • Responses to Assessment Questionnaire.
    • Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - Member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge is preferable or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate).
    • Persons with disabilities and others who are eligible for appointment under special appointing authorities (e.g., service with the Government Accountability Office {GAO}, Peace Corps, etc.) should indicate the type of appointment on your application and provide supporting documentation as provided by that authority.
    • Copies of a certification from the armed forces, stating/certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.

    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the 09/06/2017 of the announcement to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://login.usajobs.gov/Account/Login); all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contactCollette McKinley at Collette.McKinley@nara.gov or (314) 801-0773 to obtain an alternative application.

    Agency contact information

    Collette McKinley


    441 Freedom Parkway
    Atlanta, GA 30307
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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. We will review your resume and transcript(s) (if appropriate) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478262600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.