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

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.

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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.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No