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Job Title:  Humanities Administrator
Department:  National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
Agency:  National Endowment for the Humanities
Job Announcement Number:  14-1119878-BL

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 to Monday, June 02, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  In 2013, the NEH was ranked as the second best small federal agency to work for by the Partnership for Public Service. 

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent Federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of Humanities programs in the United States. This position is located in NEH’s Office of Federal/State Partnership.  Federal/State Partnership is a model of American federalism in action. This collaborative effort, dedicated to the study and enjoyment of the humanities in the public sphere, links a national agency with fifty-six nonprofit state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Through its programs, the Federal/State Partnership and the individual councils advance knowledge and understanding of the humanities, and increase public awareness of the humanities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 



  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel required for up to six site visits a year, the annual conference of state humanities councils, and other occasional meetings and oversight visits.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Relevant experience and/or education
  • Favorable background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service


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  • Manages self-assessment review process for selected humanities councils including review by the National Council on the Humanities and the NEH Chairman.
  • Creates content for website and electronic newsletter using photo-image editing software.
  • Represents the office at professional meetings.
  • Conducts up to six site visits a year; performs other functions for oversight and accountability, including analysis of annual compliance plans, data collection and evaluation.
  • Participates in agency-wide initiatives and works in agency-wide groups to improve the processes of the agency and enhance and promote its programs and products.
  • Manages budgetary and financial information and reports.
  • Works with the Chairman's Office and other agency administrative offices to develop informational materials and presentations.


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At the GS-11 level Qualified candidates must possess:
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a M.A. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level or equivalent experience.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position: for example, professional experience in the humanities gained in organizations and institutions such as cultural organizations, colleges or universities, scholarly or grant-making organizations, or non-profit institutions. Typically, experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level would include work in the humanities performed with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment of moderate difficulty or responsibility requiring professional training equivalent to that represented by graduation from a college or university of recognized standing, and considerable additional professional training or experience which has demonstrated capacity for sound independent work.


Selective Placement Factor (SPF):  A SPF is a specific qualification requirement that is in addition to the minimum qualification requirements stated above and are essential to successfully perform the duties of this job.  SPF experience must be documented in your resume.  Applications without SPF experience will not receive further consideration under this announcement.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is as follows:

A.  Must have at least two years of professional experience working with humanities programs and governance and management issues affecting not-for-profit organizations working with public audiences.

In order to be found minimally qualified for this position, applicants must possess at least a M.A. in a humanities field, in addition to the qualifications listed above.  A PhD degree is preferred.

As part of the online application process you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies:

1)     Ability to effectively communicate in writing.

2)     Ability to organize, coordinate and lead grant-making activities.

3)     Ability to effectively communicate orally.

4)     Skill in the use of personal computers to access, manage, manipulate and retrieve information from automated systems (Internet literature, social media platforms and other information research.)


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  We will review your résumé and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You will be further evaluated against job-related criteria and placed in one of three pre-defined categories:  

·          Best Category - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position.

·          Better Category - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.

·          Qualified Category - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement.

Application of Veterans' Preference

* The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference
points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of
veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within
each category.

* Preference eligibles who meet MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS and the
service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in
the highest quality category, except when the position being
filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or

Any exaggeration of an applicant’s experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating an applicant ineligible, not hiring the applicant, or for termination after he/she begins work.  If a determination is made that in responding to the competency-based question an applicant has rated themselves higher than is evident in their resume, experience, and/or education, the applicant’s score may be manually adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 


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Working for the National Endowment for the Humanities offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, and transit subsidy. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

3. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

5. Combining education and experience.  When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a apercentage of t he education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages.  The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.

6.  Some travel will be required.

7.  This term position can be extended or made permanent without further competition.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 02, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account 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.


  • All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
       ·Cover Letter
       ·Other (Writing Sample)

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • The writing sample should be 5 pages or less related to humanities themes and topics.


  • Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

  • You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    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 1119878.
    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 02, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
    3. 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.


NEH Human Resources
Phone: (202)606-8415
TDD: (866) 372-2930
Agency Information:
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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