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    This position serves as the Deputy Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of Natural History is a science-based museum within the Smithsonian Institution's complex of museums and research organizations. The NMNH is dedicated to understanding and explaining the natural world and is the most visited natural history museum in the world. With over 145 million specimens and objects, the Museum’s collections represent over 90% of the Smithsonian's holdings. These collections, and the work of the scientific staff, form the foundation for the Museum’s extensive public programs, and include exhibitions, education, and outreach programs.

    The incumbent serves as Deputy Director, NMNH, with overall responsibility, in collaboration with the Director, to formulate and implement strategic directions for the Science programs of the Museum. Inherent in this responsibility is to lead the management of the research departments, collections programs, museum outreach activities on exhibits, education and communications, specialized laboratories, field stations, and other similar programs and partnerships. The incumbent will assure the quality and breadth of all Museum activities and provide institutional leadership in broader national and international programs.

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    Participates with the Director to provide executive leadership and direction for overall planning, development and management of museum programs and activities. Participates or leads the formulation of long- and short-range goals and objectives and issues policy guidelines. Ensures that policies are carried out effectively. Monitors strategic goals, Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and metrics to ensure that the Museum is operating at optimum performance levels. Integrates scientific and outreach leadership to enable the Museum strategic plan, science strategy and public master plan along with individual departmental objectives.

    Develops and maintains standards and criteria for program development and execution. Reviews and evaluates proposals for new programs or major shifts or expansions in existing programs through museum leadership and established committee recommendations. Makes decisions on approval or disapproval of such proposals.

    Directs and coordinates the activities of subordinate offices and assists the Director in developing and implementing operating policy, standards, and procedures. Develops and monitors policies to achieve management objectives in areas such as strategic workforce management, diversity, and equal employment opportunity.

    Supports fundraising and related activities, to include programs for constituency-building, marketing, and Board development in order to increase support and visibility for the Museum. The Chief Development Officer, while reporting to the Director, will work closely with the Deputy, who will act as the Director on fundraising and stewardship of donors when the Director is unavailable.

    Directly supervises all museum leadership with the exception of Development and the Director’s office. Executes performance management of subordinates for both individual and organizational performance. Sets and communicates goals and expectations. Reviews and approves recommendations for personnel actions affecting subordinates. Assures that subordinate supervisors effectively carry out their performance management responsibilities.

    Represents the Director, as required, at a wide variety of Smithsonian policy meetings and conferences, including Congressional hearings. Exercises delegated authority to commit Museum resources or make decisions affecting museum programs.

    In concert with the Director, the Deputy Director helps to coordinate the activities of the NMNH Advisory Board, working closely with the Board, Executive Committee and various other committees to develop museum priorities. Represents the Director as needed and interacts with Board members on a wide variety of issues.

    Collaborates, consults, and advises other Federal agencies, State, regional, and local government agencies, private associations and institutions, and representatives of foreign museums on the establishment and management of museums and related cultural and educational institutions.

    Explores and develops joint programs in cooperation with universities, federal agencies and other Smithsonian museums and research facilities. Reviews and recommends appropriate action on applications or proposals for Federal or non-federal grants or contracts to finance research, acquisition or exhibition projects.

    Serves as Acting Director of NMNH in the Director's absence, with full authority and responsibility for overall management of the Museum.

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