Assistant Director

U.S. Federal Government - New York, NY4.3

This position is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution (SI) in New York, NY. The employee serves as the Director's senior representative at NMAI-NY. He/she reports to NMAI's Director and has the authority and responsibility to monitor and report to the Director on NMAI-NY's programs and facility.

Serves as the Senior Manager for the NMAI-NY. At the Director’s direction, provides broad onsite oversight and management of all programs and activities based at the NMAI-NY. Shares advice and plans with, and receives technical advice and assistance from, other NMAI managers and assists the Director in ensuring that NMAI-NY operates consistently with NMAI standards and plans. The Assistant Director for the NMAI-NY works closely with the NMAI’s Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Directors, and is the principal advisor to this senior management group in areas related to NMAI-NY activities and operations.

Interacts with high-level internal and external groups or stakeholders, advocating for the NMAI and its programs.

Serves on various internal assessment groups or evaluative committees, including the NMAI Exhibitions Assessment Group (EAG). As a member of the EAG, the incumbent takes special interest in NMAI-NY exhibits and related programming; evaluates current and proposed exhibitions and makes recommendations to the EAG and the Director; and reviews scripts for all exhibitions at the NMAI-NY for accuracy and style.

Serves as a primary liaison with the General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Protective Service (FPS), and other building tenants, working on matters or issues related to the NMAI-NY’s presence in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House.

Presents information about the NMAI and its programs to public and private audiences, both large and small, at meetings, conferences, and other gatherings.

Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1001 General Arts And Information


Conditions of Employment
Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
May need to complete a Probationary Period
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
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
Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as overseeing the operation and management of a museum, gallery, library, archive or similar cultural institution; working with external groups and government agencies in the development of joint public programming, advocating for the organization’s public programming efforts, and having experience interacting with Native American constituents in a representational capacity.

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 for this position.


Additional information
Flexible Spending Accounts -
Health Insurance -
Leave -
Life Insurance -
Long Term Care Insurance -
Retirement Program -

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 serve as a manager of a museum or related public educational organization. The incumbent must have demonstrated supervisory, managerial and administrative skills as evidenced by successful management of a gallery, museum, library, university academic department, or non-profit, or similar organization.

Ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals whether they be high-level Smithsonian employees, representatives of other museums and galleries (local, national, and international), private foundations or cultural institutions, past and prospective individual donors, scholars of all disciplines, leaders from New York's governmental, cultural, educational, and financial institutions, as well as the variety of individuals of his/her staff.

Ability to use discrimination, judgment, and integrity in establishing and implementing criteria for the selection of a wide range of Native American lecturers, performers, presenters, and programs.

Ability to work closely with governmental officials in states and major cities, including cultural, educational, and government agencies.

Ability to contribute to the intellectual and scholarly life of the NMAI and to present scholarly research and information in both formal and informal settings.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.

Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.

Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.

This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient 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
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Your application package should include the following documents:

Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
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, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.

Please see Benefits at 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.