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    Duties

    Summary

    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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    Responsibilities

    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

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11 - Position is at the full performance level--GS-11.

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    Requirements

    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, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, 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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    Qualifications

    Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 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.

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    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.

    For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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    Additional information

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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:

    1. Knowledge of project planning and processes.
    2. Ability to work within and across departments and institutions on multicultural and international project teams.
    3. Ability to plan, coordinate, communicate and implement professional development and capacity building programs domestically and internationally.
    4. Ability to prepare proposals, MOUs and contracts for partnerships and programs.
    5. Knowledge of history and experience conducting program work within the field of African American, African, and/or Afro Diasporan History and Culture.

    BASIS OF RATING:  Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):  If you are applying for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran and must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:  The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

    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

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing

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    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.

    • A copy of your most recent SF-50 which shows your position title, series, grade, step, salary, position occupied, and tenure to verify Time-in-Grade/competitive status. If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade and/or have promotion potential to the grade being advertised. Do NOT submit award SF-50s.
    • 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.
    • A recent performance evaluation
    • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA
    • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration.
    • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order.
    • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here.

    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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    Benefits

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. 

    Please see Benefits at https://www.si.edu/OHR/benefits for a complete description.

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    How to Apply

    Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page.
    Please Note:

    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
    • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;
      OR
      You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

    Agency contact information

    Yvonne Humphries

    Phone

    202-633-7448

    TDD

    202-633-6409

    Fax

    202-633-6401

    Email

    humphriesy@si.edu

    Address

    SMITHSONIAN
    Office of Human Resources
    POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
    Suite 5060
    Washington, District of Columbia 20013-7012
    United States
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    Next steps

    At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt.

    The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

    Additional Information:

    • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.
    • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
    • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

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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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/588255500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.