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Job Title:  Education Specialist
Agency:  National Archives and Records Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JD905681GL

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 17, 2013 to Monday, June 24, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


This position is located in the Education and Public Programs department of the Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services for the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

Manages the operation of the Learning Lab in the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives Building; facilitates the lab sessions with student and youth groups, teachers and families; assists with teacher workshops; oversee the daily operation of the Learning Lab; assists with training interns and volunteers to conduct Lab programs; scheduling of groups for the Lab; compile program assessment data and prepare reports based on evaluations of audiences’ experiences.


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.

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Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens 

Note:  This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion procedures.  Applicants under special hiring authorities (e.g., Disabilities Program, Peace Corps, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, Former overseas employee, Former National Guard Technician, etc.) who wish to be considered must apply under Merit Promotion procedures, Job Announcement number JD907067GL.







  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Investigation or Security Clearance
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing Required
  • Relocation Expenses Will Not Be Paid
  • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 90 days


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  • Manages the operation of the Learning Lab in the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives Building; facilitates the lab sessions with student and youth groups, teachers and families; assists with teacher workshops; oversee the daily operation of the Learning Lab; assists with training interns and volunteers to conduct Lab programs; scheduling of groups for the Lab; compile program assessment data and prepare reports based on evaluations of audiences’ experiences.
  • Develop, plan, implement and evaluate document-based or museum learning experiences for a wide range of schools, youth groups, teachers and families. These program are presented in the Boeing Learning Center that emphasize the best practices in museum education. The programs highlight the variety of materials in the National Archives holdings that meet academic standards and encourages life-long learning. Coordinates collaborative efforts with the Presidential Libraries and regional facilities on similar programs.
  • Research, complies, and drafts educational materials (in print and the Web) that will engage out museum audiences; especially youth groups and K-12 students in dynamic, relevant, and age-appropriate education activities, programs and products.
  • Coordinate the student intern program. Assist with the selection and training of interns and help to determine appropriate projects. Serves as a mentor and guide for interns to observe-in-action and learn best practices in museum learning for all audiences.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative professional relationships with teachers, school administrators, youth organizations, and other relevant stakeholders and audiences for NARA services to insure quality and fit of all education activities, programs, and experiences to audience needs.


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Basic requirement: 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s higher degree that included or was supplemented by a major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position (i.e., history, museum education, political science, social studies).



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.


In addition to the above basic requirements, you must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-07 level that included activities such as: managing the daily operation of a Learning Lab in a museum setting; facilitating lab sessions with student and youth groups, teachers, and families; assisting with the implementation of teacher workshops; assisting with training volunteers and interns to conduct lab sessions; serving as a mentor and guide for student interns assigned to the Learning Lab; developing, implementing and evaluating document-based or museum learning experiences in the lab; researching and drafting educational resources for a wide range of museum audiences (print and web); and assisting in building collaborative community partners for educational programming.


Substitution of Education for Experience: GS-09: You may substitute education for experience at the GS-9 level if you have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited educational institution leading to a degree that has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.


Combination of Experience and Education: a combination of specialized experience and graduate education to meet the total requirements for this position. (NOTE: You must have a large enough percentage of the required experience and a large enough percentage of the required education, so that when added together, the percentage would equal 100%.)


NOTE: You must submit copies (Unofficial copies are sufficient) of all your college transcripts at time of application to verify the education requirements are met. Graduates of foreign schools must have their academic credentials evaluated through a recognized credential evaluating institution.

Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management’s, Operating Manual: Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions for further information and



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. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position.


The required competencies for this position are as follows:


· Problem Solving

· Interpersonal Skills

· Execution and Results

· Customer Service

· Communication

· Organizational Awareness

· Manages Projects

· Embraces Continual Learning

· Utilizes Computer Technology

· Conducts Outreach Activities

· Designs and/or Delivers Educational/Public Programs

· Applies Knowledge of American History and Government

· Maintains Knowledge of Archival Principles

· Manages Learning Center and/or Public Programming Spaces

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.


NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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NARA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information visit the following websites: or



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,

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VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011: If you are an active duty service member of the armed forces, Public Law 112-56, ensures that certain individuals do not lose the opportunity to be considered for Federal service (and awarded their veterans’ preference entitlements if applicable) despite not having a DD form 214 to submit along with the application package (resume). Service members must submit with their application a certification from the armed forces that certifies that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. For more information on VOW, see Veteran’s Information page -
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program: If you are an eligible ICTAP applicant you may 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 eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel actions form with your application. More information:



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


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 24, 2013 to receive consideration.

§ To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


§ Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


§ It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


§ To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

§ To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 905681

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 24, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:


1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

· Resume - Relevant work experience must include: Job title, duties, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), and salary.

· Responses to Occupational Questionnaire.

· Copies of college transcripts - "Unofficial" transcripts are acceptable. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required).

· Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate).


Gerry Letourneau
Phone: (314)801-0879
Agency Information:
Office of Human Capital
Staffing and Classification Branch
1 Archives Dr - Room 370
Saint Louis, MO


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. We will review your résumé 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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