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Job Title:  Supervisory Education Specialist
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14R-JW-299000-MPA-NASM

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

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 15, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Current Smithsonian Institution employees in the (National Air & Space Museum) including qualified employees with a disability.  


This position is located in the Education Department of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM).  The incumbent reports directly to the Associate Director for Management and Public Programs.

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


  • Requires career/career-conditional status or eligibility.
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for supervisors.


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  • Supervises a permanent staff and a varied number of interns, volunteers and temporary staff.
  • Sets the goals and priorities for the Education Department in concert with the museum's Strategic and Tactical Plans and for the individual programs, services and products produced and offered by the Department.
  • Prepares and coordinates overall plans for the effective use of staff for program accomplishment.
  • Serves as the museum's liaison for formal education and serves on Smithsonian committees for pan institutional initiatives and or committees related to docents, teacher training, student services and development of professional curriculum materials.


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You must meet the Basic Education Requirement:

A. Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.
B. 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 in A above.
In addition to Basic Requirement above, you must have following:
Experience: You Qualify for this position if you possess one year of full-time experience at the 13 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system that is close or similar to the work of the position. For this position specialized experience is defined as having the responsibility for the overall management, planning, and direction of an education department by producing educational programs for K-12 students within a diverse museum. 

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.

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.

  • Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations must be submitted within your application package as indicated under “Required Documents”. Applicants may use the following websites,, or  to obtain these evaluations.


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 the procedures for planning and producing educational programs for K-12 or college level and informal education programs in a museum or similar cultural institution.
  2. Knowledge of managerial systems and processes in leading an education program in a museum or non-traditional educational environment, such as resource allocation, strategic planning, benchmarking and implementing best practices.
  3. Knowledge of the history and technology of aviation and space flight and/or knowledge of the planetary sciences.
  4. Ability to supervise, direct and motivate a diverse staff in the development and implementation of a wide variety of education activities to include formal & informal learning and electronic outreach and distance learning, designed for varied audiences, such as youth and family activities, teacher workshops and docent tours.
  5. Skill in written communication for the purpose of obtaining external financing for educational programming and outreach, and communicating the goals and priorities of the Division.
  6. Ability to communicate orally for the purpose of representing the NASM and the Education Unit to government agencies, educational institutions and groups, and SI pan institutional committees.
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 detailed 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.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


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.


Jan Williams
Phone: 202-633-6383
Fax: 5712584052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 5712584052


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:
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  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
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