Job Overview


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.

This position is located with the National Endowment for the Arts in the Office of the Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget, Office of Human Resources, Washington, DC.

Applications will be accepted from current and former Federal employees with competitive status or who are eligible for consideration under a special appointing authority (e.g., VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, etc.).

Applications will also be accepted from a veteran who is a preference eligible or who has separated from the Armed Forces under Honorable conditions after approximately 3 years or more of continuous active service.  Additional information on veteran’s preference is available at:

If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee in the competitive service or former Federal employee who has competitive service reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action” and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service, or you will not be considered under the Merit Promotion process.  Also, you should submit your most recent Performance Appraisal.

This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a generous benefits package; paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, health and life insurance, and excellent retirement package.

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As the Human Resources Assistant you will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Carry out administrative functions in the Office of Human Resources including but not limited to:  preparing a variety of documents, receiving and screening telephone calls, maintaining the Director's calendar, scheduling meetings and conferences; making travel arrangement, and maintaining time and attendance records.
  • Ensure accurate and timely processing of a full range of personnel and payroll actions.
  • Induction processing of new employees including providing accurate initial explanation of pay, leave, benefits and building facilities. 
  • Coordinate attendance data, ensuring transmittal of time and attendance data to the National Finance Center and retrieval of related reports; assists time keepers with data problems and/or leave regulation questions and provides periodic updates/refresher and annual training to time keepers.