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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Cultural Arts Program Specialist

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:14R-DP-299009-MPA-NMAI

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$53,500.00 to $69,545.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 14, 2013 to Friday, November 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1001-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Permanent - Federal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - New York, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian-NY (NMAI-NY), Smithsonian Institution.  The employee is responsible for the coordination of a variety of the museum's public programs and productions, including programs featuring Native music, dance, theater, storytelling, author events, and related demonstrations, as well as special program events and projects that relate to the Native Cultural Arts. 

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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  • Identifies, plans, and produces Native-themed public programs for the NMAI's Museum Programs group in New York City, and potentially at other venues in the New York City area and beyond while exercising sensitivity with respect to the collections and Native American points of view.
  • Ensures that all internal and administrative requirements related to assigned/developed programs are carried out.
  • Writes materials for programs, press releases, and other materials to inform the public, media, staff and targeted communities of upcoming public programs. 
  • Establishes and/or maintains relationships with internal and external contacts for the purpose of supporting programmatic goals of the unit; serving as a representative of the Community Programs department on internal project teams and in museum-wide meetings; and serving as a representative of NMAI in regular and recurring interactions with Native artists/performers and the visiting public in the support of public programming events.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position specialized experience is defined as experience developing Native-themed public programs in a museum setting, which include Native music, dance, theater, storytelling, author events, or related demonstrations.
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. Or Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements. Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. 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.

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:

  • Knowledge of, and experience in, tribal customs and culture, Native histories and contemporary issues, research methods, performers, and community networks as they pertain to the study of Native American performance practices.
  • Knowledge of program production and practice, including technical and logistical support, best practices for museum-based public programs and events, and program and audience development.
  • Knowledge of basic administrative methods and techniques.
  • Skill in written communication for the purpose of producing program memoranda, notes, letters, reports, and promotional materials related to the presentation of programs.
  • Skill in dealing with a variety of people and circumstances in an array of public forums.

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.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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 www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.

OTHER INFORMATION:


HOW TO APPLY:

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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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dana Pinkney
Phone: 202-633-6309
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: pinkneyd@si.edu
Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
20013-7012
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

14R-DP-299009-MPA-NMAI

Control Number:

355449000