This position is located in the Office of the Director, National Museum of American History (NMAH) in Washington, D.C. As Senior Advisor, you will report to the Director who provides leadership on all museum-related policies, programs and activities.

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Incumbent serves as a key advisor to the Director, assisting and providing recommendations to the Director concerning oversight of the day-to-day operations of the museum and in the formulation of decisions that relate to museum matters. Will also perform the following duties:

  • Incumbent is a principal advisor and acts as a representative of the Director, as needed, at internal and external meetings and functions.
  • Provides planning, coordination and support for the Director and museum operations.
  • Supports and assists in the full implementation of the Director's strategic plan, policies and goals.
  • Maintains close contact with senior management, program, and museum staff, and draws upon a comprehensive understanding of the Director's priorities, views, and objectives.
  • Responsible for management and oversight of the Director's discretionary budget, ensuring transparency and accountability for the use of those funds.
  • Recommends policy, goals and objectives for managing museum operations.
  • Serves as a confidential advisor to the Director on museum matters having potentially sensitive public relations implications.
  • Participates in the research, development, and organization of projects as assigned by the Director; takes the initiative in seeking out information from a variety of internal and external sources.
  • Attends and participates in meetings, either with the Director or as his representative, in and outside of the museum.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – 25% or less.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period.
  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http: www.opm.gov/qualifications.


You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as activities, such as serving as a Key Advisor that provides technical, advisory and other services related to supporting a director or high-level official in a museum or cultural institution; providing leadership on all policies, programs and activities in the organization; and providing planning, coordination and support for the director or a high-level official on the organization's operations and other special initiatives such as the strategic plan.

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.

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


There is no education substitution.

Additional information

Flexible Spending Accounts – https: www.fsafeds.com/

Health Insurance – http: www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
Leave – http: www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance – http: www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
Long Term Care Insurance – http: www.ltcfeds.com
Retirement Program – https: www.opm.gov/retirement-services/

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will receive a final rating within one of three category groups based on one or more stages of evaluation which measure job-related criteria:

Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

  • Knowledge to interpret regulations, directives, programs, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to apply a high level of sound, independent judgment in the solution of administrative problems.
  • Skill in written communication that involves researching and analyzing key issues that may impact on NMAH's mission, goals, and objectives and in preparing reports and other written materials.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative working relationships with high-level SI administrators as well as senior leaders in and outside universities, government, and cultural institutions is required.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your application package should include the following documents:

  • Resume – Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

    USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Writing Sample.

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.

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