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 in the Visual Arts Division, Office of the Deputy Chairman for Programs and Partnerships, at the National Endowment for the Arts.

This position is advertised concurrently with NEA-TR-14-1051263 (DEU), using Competitive Examining procedures.

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 Grants Management Specialist (Design) you will be responsible for the following tasks:

·         Review and process all applications, grants, cooperative agreements and leadership initiatives from the Design field (areas such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, industrial and graphic design) and follows all applications through the Arts Endowment's complete process from application to Final Descriptive Report.

·         Counsels applicants and prospective applicants about proposed projects in context of published guidelines and with knowledge of field activities and trends as well as agency funding history of specific projects.

·         In consultation with Grants and Contracts Office, monitors grantee performance through review of progress, interim and final reports, amendment requests, conversations with grantee, etc, to assure that the grantee is functioning in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant.

·         Manages items related to special design leadership initiatives that arise. Duties might include managing series of meetings and convening, webinar development and management, and other work items as they occur as well as processing cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, contracts and other government documents.

·         Consults with appropriate agency staff to review and evaluate adequacy of agency policies and procedures with regard to design applications. Makes recommendations for guideline revisions and modifications of policy and procedures based on knowledge and communication with the Design Field.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel is required to represent the NEA for local and out of town conferences and events

Relocation Authorized

  • No