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    This position is located in Office of Partnership.

    First time hires to the Federal government salaries are normally set at the beginning of the salary range listed above.
    Applicants are encouraged to use the USA Jobs resume template. However, if you do not use the template you must ensure your resume contains ALL required information which includes hours worked, starting and ending months and years, and if Federal employment (series, pay plan, and grade).

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    As the Director of States, Regional, and Local Partnerships, at the GS-0301-15 some of your typical work assignments may include:

    • Serving as the agency's nationally recognized expert and authority for the State/Regional/Locals (SAA/RAO/LAA) fields in discussions throughout the agency including collaborations with other divisions and discipline directors.
    • Reviewing applications and plans submitted by SAAs/RAOs/LAAs, managing panel review process for applications, propose funding amounts based on established policies, presenting grant recommendations for consideration by the Deputy Chairman, Senior Deputy Chairman, Chairman, and to the National Council on the Arts.
    • Selecting experts in the SAA/RAO/LAA fields to serve as advisory panelists and chair panel meetings
    • Organizing the application review process to provide fair and substantive review of the plans submitted by state arts agencies and regional arts organizations.
    • Participating in meetings and conferences addressing SAA/RAO/LAA issues, communicating NEA policy developments that may have an impact upon the SAA/RAO/LAA fields.
    • As requested, representing the agency in discussions with state and local government officials.
    • Traveling to attend meetings of significance to the SAA/RAO/LAA fields, maintaining good relations with leaders in the field and related fields, and keep abreast of their perspectives on current and future trends.
    • Serving as director of the Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) funding opportunity
    • Serving as director of the Challenge America grant program.
    • Monitoring grantee performance through review and approval of progress, interim and final reports, amendment requests, conversations with the grantee, etc., to assure that the grantee is complying with the terms and conditions of the grant.
    • Preparing materials for such purposes as National Council on the Arts meetings, panel review meetings, agency publications, budget submissions, and Congressional hearings; or in response to questions from Chairman, Senior Management Team, Office of Public Affairs, Office of Guidelines and Panel Operations, Office of Council Operations, and the field.
    • Ensuring accomplishment of unit's objectives through combined technical and administrative direction of subordinates through planning/assigning work, setting priorities, evaluating performance, and recommending or taking corrective action.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - you may be expected to travel 1-5 days per month for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
    • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.
    • Temporary, excepted appointment made under Schedule A 213.3182. Selectee will be placed in the Excepted Service position not-to-exceed 24 months and may be extended. This position could be Terminated at any time based on Management's Discretion.
    • One year supervisory probation period required.


    To Qualify for this position:

    You must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-14 level or higher (obtained in either the public or private sectors) This experience must have provided you with knowledge of the State Arts Agencies (SAA), Regional Arts Organizations (RAO), and/or Local Arts Agencies (LAA) fields, including knowledge of government operations and principles of strategic planning for public arts agencies; Applying analysis to assess and improve program effectiveness, including development of plans for new programs or initiatives; Providing analysis and advice to identify programmatic, policy, and operational issues; Communicating program information and engaging with leadership, the public, and various stakeholders; Leading and directing staff involved in and responsible for directed work.

    In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

    You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


    Additional information

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by 10/29/2018 that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority of this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming 5-point veteran preference you MUST submit copy number 4 of the DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veteran preference you MUST submit an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference AND all other required documents in order to be granted the preference. All documents must be received by 10/29/2018. Additional information on veteran's preference is available at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

    If you are selected for this Federal position, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).

    The application contains information subject the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). The information issued will be used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 3302 and 3361.

    Recruitment methods and selection procedures will based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual-orientation or age.

    EEO Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps
    Veterans Information: http://www.usajobs.gov/vi
    Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lr

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    For Category Rating:
    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume 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 resume 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. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of 3 quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, and Qualified.

    The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Administration and Management
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership

    The 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 eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the 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 in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher)

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
    1. A complete Resume (which includes hours worked, starting/ending dates (month and year), and if Federal employment - series, pay plan and grade).
    2. A complete Online Questionnaire
    3. An SF-50. Showing title, series, grade, FPL, duty station and Competitive status (if a current or former Federal employee)
    4. Most recent Performance Appraisal (if a current Federal employee or recently separated within previous year)
    5. Other Supporting Documents:

    • College transcript(s), not required
    • Document(s) for special appointment (if applicable)
    • Veteran Documents, ( if applicable, a DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, etc.)
    • ICTAP/CTAP documents (if applicable)
    • Miscellaneous (as required by position)

    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

    Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Complete resume with relevant experience where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week and salary. If you are a current or previous federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09).
    2. Complete assessment questionnaire. Link to preview the assessment is below:
    3. Supporting documentation

    Failure to submit a complete application package will result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.

    Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 10/29/2018. Applications received after may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.

    NOTE: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process so please plan appropriately.

    Agency contact information

    Philadelphia Services Branch


    Office of Partnership
    400 7th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20506
    Learn more about this agency

    The National Endowment for the Arts, an independent Federal agency and the official arts organization for the United States government, supports the advancement of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation. We are motivated by the vision of a Nation in which the arts enrich the lives of all Americans and enhance the livability of communities. If you share our vision, please consider joining us.

    Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens including those eligible for consideration under special appointing authorities (i.e., Schedule A, Peace Corps, etc.).
    This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a generous benefits package; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at National Endowment for the Arts, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.


    Next steps

    When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability related to the job requirements.

    Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The hiring manager may choose to conduct interviews. Once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

    Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at https://www.usajobs.gov/Applicant/Application/ListApplications.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513450800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.