The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct research in the field of African American history, to publish findings for all audiences; and interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.Responsibilities
This position is located in the Office of Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The purpose of the position is to assist the Museum Curator of Sports with research and planning in connection with programs, publications and media associated with the sports gallery and other sports-related initiatives and works in close collaboration with other Office of Curatorial staff working on sports related initiatives and other programs and projects. Duties include:

performing a variety of duties related to the delivery of sports-related programming for NMAAHC;
serving as a central point of contact to provide guidance and explanation of requirements, regulations, and procedures related to administrative operations;
updating supporting requirements (e.g., personnel, equipment and facilities) for the operation of the program;
providing telephone coverage by answering phone or arranging coverage by other staff or answering machine; and
producing written drafts of various correspondence for senior staff review and dissemination; responding to mail and email; drafting and editing material based on past practice, verbal instructions and knowledge of office programs.
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1001 General Arts And Information


Conditions of Employment
Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
Complete a Probationary Period
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivelent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as providing day-to-day administrative operations for an office, responding to inquiries in writing and orally, preparing travel itineraries and booking travel, maintaining appointment/events calendars electronically, and creating documents using Windows software, such as Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.

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: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent 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 education 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.

Additional information
Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.

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

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:

Ability to perform administrative functions such as preparing reports and memoranda, tracking supplies and inventories, and monitoring day-to-day operations of a program.
Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of a program and recommend changes and procedures.
Ability to interact with customers and address/resolve complaints with tact and diplomacy.
Skill in written communication to prepare and edit a variety of documents.
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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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
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.
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 .

The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, commuter benefits, health/life insurance, and accidental insurance.

Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.

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.