The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by an Act of Congress in 1968 & headquartered in Washington, D.C. This position is located in the Environmental Change & Security Program within the Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP).
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The SOCIAL SCIENCE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR serves as Project Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, and will perform the following major duties and responsibilities:
- Conducts programmatic research for publications in international development, environment, health, security, and population issues.
- Designs long-range programming, planning and execution of seminars, workshops and conferences for the project.
- Delivers presentations and other public speaking engagements on project initiatives in the US and international conferences.
- Moderates public discussions of subject-matter experts, practitioners, and government officials.
- Cultivates partnerships and relationships with stakeholders to expand project resources.
- Oversees the administration and financial expenditures of the project.
- Collaborates on Center-wide projects, themes, special activities, and cross-cutting initiatives that advance the Center's mission.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for this position, which may include international travel.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- You must complete a background investigation.
- Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
- You may be required to complete a probationary period.
- You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
- You must have a valid Social Security Number to apply.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé 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.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the (3) criteria below:
1. Selective Factor (SF):
Applicants who do not meet the Selective Factor (SF) will not be eligible for further consideration for this position. This must be supported in your resume / CV, responses to the occupational questionnaire, and copies of your academic records showing conferral of the degree.
- An advanced degree (i.e., Masters, PhD) with a major studies in Peace and Conflict Studies, Environmental Security, or Environmental Sustainability.
2. Basic Requirement in A, B, or C below:
The occupational series (0101, Social Science series) requires applicants to meet the basic requirement in accordance to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards:
A. Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; for example, international relations or political science. (Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study with at least 24 semester hours of behavioral or social science courses); or
B. Combination of education and experience that provides knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; or
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
3. Specialized Experience:
You must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service (or comparable market standards)
Specialized experience includes:
- Authoring, editing, and managing the publication of policy briefs, practitioner toolkits, and reports to inform conflict-sensitive approaches to natural resource management, environment, health, population, and security;
- Designing long-range programming, planning, and execution of programmatic initiatives that are focused on environmental security issues;
- Presenting at domestic and international conferences on issues relating to the intersection of environment, health, population, and security;
- Managing both federal and private grants, contracts and funding relating directly to environment, health, security and populations issues;
- Managing a multimedia platform that distills research, policy, and practitioner perspectives on environment, health, security, and population issues;
- Responding to US government agency requests for discussion and policy papers on emerging trends like climate change, migration, population, and conflict; AND
- Partnering with US government agencies, academia, foundations, and private sector partners to advance cross-sector solutions and security risks posed by environmental change.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). To further assess if you meet the one full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience, you are required to include the month and year AND the hours per week spent for each of your professional experience.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
You are required to include a copy of your unofficial academic transcript/s showing the conferment of your degree at the time of application. Your application will be marked "ineligible" if you fail to provide a copy of your academic transcript/s. If selected for the position, you will be required to provide a copy of your official academic transcript/s. You are responsible to any cost associated in obtaining your academic transcripts / records.
CTAP/ICTAP: To receive special priority consideration for eligible applicants, you must rate a score of 85 or better on the established ranking criteria. Additional information can be found at CTAP/ICTAP.
EEO Policy: The Wilson Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.
Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Schedule A: Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For additional information, see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/.
Resume: A complete resume is required. Your resume must show relevant experience, job title, duties and accomplishments. Your resume must show complete information for each job entry to support minimum qualifications. The following information should be provided in your resume, but it is acceptable to provide elsewhere in your application package: employer's name, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, and pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-1102-13 for relevant federal experience. TIP: A good way to ensure you include all essential information is to use the Resume Builder in USAJOBS to create your resume.
Are you a current Federal employee applying for a promotion? If you are a current GS employee applying for a higher grade than the grade that you currently hold you must provide an SF-50 that shows that you have held the next lower grade for at least one year. Some SF-50s effective within the last 52 weeks will not demonstrate you have held the next lower grade for at least one year (e.g. General Adjustment SF-50 from this year). In many cases, we need to see two (2) SF-50s to determine time-in-grade and eligibility for promotion.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade or higher. For additional information, see Veteran Information.
Qualifying applications will be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Gold (Best Qualified)
Applicants who meet the basic qualifications described above will be evaluated further against the following competencies:
- Programmatic environmental security research and publications
- Technical competence in international development, environment, health, security, and population issues
- Program/Project administration
- Strategic thinking
- Communication skills
- Creativity and innovation
- Resource and Financial Management
- Partnering/external relations
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the job requirements, including any Selective Factors, Basic Education, Specialized Experience, and other eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the résumé and other documents submitted.
There may be additional assessments as part of the hiring process to assess your competencies (i.e., language assessment, writing assessment, writing samples, scenario-based assessments, etc.).
To preview questions please click here.
The following documents are required for ALL APPLICANTS:
- A Résumé or CV showing relevant experience includinghours worked per week and month/year dates of employment.
- Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire completed online.
- Unofficial academic transcripts demonstrating completion of education requirements.
Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference eligibility must submit:
- A copy of your DD214, Member Copy 4; or
- A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days for current Active Duty members.
Veterans claiming 10-Point Preference must also submit an SF-15 Form and ALL documents indicated on the form as proof for the type of preference.
Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility must submit:
- Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from; or
- Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation; or Separation SF-50; or
- Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held; or
- Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. A complete application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
- 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 assessment questionnaire.
- 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 initial online 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.
- If you log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
- When you receive a notification from your USAJOBS account it may indicate that your application is complete after you submit the initial online questionnaire and documentation, however, your application will NOT be complete until you have successfully completed all steps described above.
NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us at (202) 691-4126 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
Agency contact information
Wilson Center HR
AddressWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/568429500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.