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Job Title:  Deputy Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14A-LG-298869A-MPA-NZP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to Friday, December 13, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
1 vacancy - Front Royal, VA   View Map
This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility.  Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.


This position is located in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) at the National Zoological Park (NZP). The employee is responsible for the general administration and oversight of SCBI research, financial, safety, and facility programs, as well as the operations of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) at the SCBI facility in Front Royal, Virginia.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


  • 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.


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  • Works with individuals to develop strategic approaches for increasing fundraising through grants, contracts and donations to support key research and program priorities.
  • Works closely with Directors and  Administrative Officers to identify funding requirements, fund essential scientific programs and staff, and streamline administrative procedures.
  • Works with staff to review, develop and update the master plan, and associated capital development and maintenance projects.
  • Works with staff to establish and monitor safety programs per SI Safety manual and OSHA requirements to ensure full compliance with safety guidelines and policies.
  • Assist Director in managing operational and academic responsibilities to include supervision of Professional Training Team Leader, and overall guidance and responsibility for the performance of all staff.


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All applicants must meet these Basic Requirements: (You must submit unofficial school transcripts)
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  If your education was 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.
Specialized Experience
In addition to meeting Basic Requirements  above, you qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position Specialized experience is defined as skills and activities associated with scientific research within the discipline of conservation biology, and with the administration and supervision of an established research and/or academic program involving multiple scientists, educators, and associated administrative and support staff.
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.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above.  The applicants that meet the basic qualifications will have their resume evaluated further against the following criteria:

  1. Skill in scientific research and in the overall administration of a large, complex research organization and associated facilities and collections.
  2. Skill in developing courses and curricula for undergraduate and graduate students and specialized training courses for post-graduates and professionals.
  3. Skill in written communications to produce clear, lucid and diverse written products, such as memoranda, proposals, protocols, project plans, scientific and technical papers, publications and reports, professional journal articles, etc.
  4. Skill in oral communication to communicate in both formal and operational settings, such as communicating effectively with the supervisor, co-workers, consulting with colleagues both within and outside the work setting, and formally presenting finding at professional conferences and meetings.
Important Note:

The review of your resume will determine your final rating and 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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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.



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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.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • 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.


Linda Givens
Phone: 202-633-6307
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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 and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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