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Job Title:  Music & Opera Director, GS-0301-14/15
Department:  National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
Agency:  National Endowment for the Arts
Job Announcement Number:  NEA-CC-14-1093222 (EX)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 to Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE 2 YEARS
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


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 (NEA) in the Office of the Deputy Chairman for Programs and Partnerships, Performing Arts Division, Washington, DC .

DUE TO SYSTEM MAINTENANCE OVER THE WEEKEND; this announcement has been re-opened.  Applicants who previously applied need NOT reapply.

This is a Temporary appointment not-to-exceed 2 years which may be extended or terminated at management discretion.

This position is in the EXCEPTED Service and is subject to the completion of a 1 year trial period.

The selectee will be required to complete a 1 year supervisory probationary period.

Salary Information:  GS-14: $106,263- $138,136 per annum.  GS-15: $124,995 - $157,100 per annum.

First time hires to the Federal government salaries are normally set at the beginning of the salary range listed.

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.

Note:  Applicants referred for interview will be asked to provide a written work sample.

Visit our website at  for more information about the NEA.





  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized
  • Suitable for Federal employment; determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 MUST be registered for Selective Service


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As the Music & Opera Director you will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Serve as the agency's nationally recognized leader and authority for the field of music & opera.  Provide national leadership and direction concerning agency programming and funding assessment for the music & opera field.
  • Represent the Agency by attending and speaking at national and/or regional meetings and events of significance to the music & opera field. 
  • Oversee the grant making process from application, to grant, to final report.    Review proposals from the music & opera field, manage the panel review process for applications (propose funding amounts, present grant recommendations for consideration by senior management).
  •  Identify groups of advisory panel reviewers for approval by Deputy Chairman for Programs and Partnerships.  Recruit experts in the music & opera field to serve as advisory panelists.
  • Manage a team of staff members who assist with reviewing applications, assembling panels, monitoring grantee performance, processing grants, cooperative agreements and leadership initiatives.




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To qualify at the  GS-14,  candidates must have at least one year of expertise equivalent  to the GS-13.  This expertise is defined  as working in a supervisory capacity within the music & opera field, either in the nonprofit arts sector, government agency and/or private sector foundation to include: Managing cultural programs such as performing arts; convening national or regional cultural policy meetings ;facilitating or serving on public panels, conducting grant workshops, and/or publishing original work in professional, field-related publications; and writing and/or reviewing grant applications for the music & opera field.


To qualify at the GS-15, candidates must have at least one year of expertise equivalent to the GS-14.  This expertise is defined as  serving as an executive or senior manager with supervisory and budgetary authority in a nonprofit music & opera organization with national or regional impact; serving as public speaker or panelist  in the music & opera  field addressing national or regional audiences to share information and ideas and awarding or receiving grants from public and/or private sector funders in the nonprofit arts sector.   

Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirement for the position by Wednesday, May 14, 2014.



There are no educational requirements for this position.

The questionnaire has been developed in line with the following competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

  • Leadership and Strategic Planning
  • Communication
  •  Non-Profit Arts and Grant Making



Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your online questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of two categories:  Best Qualified and Highly Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  The online questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.


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The NEA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

A background investigation will be required for this position.  Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

VETERANS PREFERENCEInformation on veterans’ preference is available at:

If you are selected for this Federal position, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).

The application contains information subject the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a).  The information issued will be used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 3302 and 3361.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex,  national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual-orientation or age.

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time, on the closing date of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the online questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link and click UPDATE APPLICATION in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s): 1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1093222 2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online, you must FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM               Form 1203-FX (, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.    A complete Resume (which includes hours worked, starting/ending dates (month and year), and if Federal employment - series, pay plan and grade).

2.    A complete Online Questionnaire

3.    Other Supporting Documents:

·         Document(s) for special appointment (if applicable)

·         Veteran Documents, ( if applicable, a DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, etc.)

·         Miscellaneous (as required by position)


Courtney Coffer
Phone: (202)682-5475
Fax: (202)682-5666
Agency Information:
National Endowment for the Arts
The Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 223
Washington, DC
20506 Fax: (202)682-5666


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  We will evaluate your resume and your responses to the online questionnaire to determine if you are among the Best Qualified for the position.  Candidates with the highest ratings may be referred for further consideration.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.  If you are referred for further consideration you will be notified each time your name is sent to a hiring official.  You will receive notice via email, once the evaluation process is completed (generally 30-45 days).

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