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Job Title:  Education Specialist (Digital Content)
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14R-JW-299673-TRF-NASM

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
Monday, July 28, 2014 to Monday, August 11, 2014
Full-Time, Permanent - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.
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About the Agency

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


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  • Maintains working knowledge of learning principles and practices for online and blended instruction.
  • Develops and implements innovative and accessible education programs.
  • Works with curatorial staff to ensure content accuracy.
  • Develops educational activities based on the knowledge of the content and best museum teaching practices.
  • Conducts formative evaluation to ensure that new activities engage the visitor and accomplish the learning objectives.


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You must meet these Basic Education

[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 Requirements above, you must have following:

Experience: One year of full-time experience at the 09 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 developing and executing research; organizing and writing broadcast content; constructing learning content for specific webcasts; and delivering educational content in an online environment.

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: Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral 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 example, a half year of experience and a half year of graduate education beyond the first year in the field may be qualifying. 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 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 should 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. Ability to conceptualize educational content.
  2. Ability to design, develop, & implement online education programs for K-12 audience, and the general public in a museum setting.for a web environment.
  3. Knowledge of education theory and teaching practices related to distance learning.
  4. Ability to research and develop educational activities for use with webcasting content in a museum setting.
  5. Ability to collaborate and be a part of an diverse educational content development team with scholars and scientists.
  6. Ability to communicate orally for the purpose of presenting and delivering on-air content.
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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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;
    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.
  • 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: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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