Humanities Administrator
(More than one position may be filled.)
GS-1701-12/13 ($65,048 - $100,554)
Location: Division of Preservation and Access Washington, D.C.
Opening Date: February 27, 2006
Closing Date: March 27 2006 Vacancy Announcement: 06-010
Area of Consideration: All Sources
Schedule B--Excepted Service Position
Responsibilities of the Position: The Division of Preservation and Access provides leadership and support for a sustained national effort to preserve and increase the availability of resources essential for research, education, and public programming in the humanities. Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the incumbent works with potential applicants in the development of proposals and participates fully in administrative, financial, program policy, and other matters for the division. The incumbent reviews grant proposals and assesses their eligibility and consistency with Endowment goals; arranges for their review and evaluation by expert panelists; and administers the continued evaluation and payment for current grants. The incumbent represents the division at professional meetings and conducts site visits to promote the division’s programs and to evaluate the accomplishments of the current projects it supports.

Qualification Requirements: At the GS-12 level: A B.A. in a discipline of the humanities is required (an M.A. or Ph.D. is preferred). In addition to the basic education requirement, applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience in the humanities at least equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the general schedule. Specialized experience is professional experience in the humanities gained in organizations and institutions such as cultural organizations, colleges or universities, scholarly or grant-making organizations, or non-profit institutions. Experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level would include work in the humanities performed with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment, requiring somewhat extended professional training and experience and which has demonstrated important attainments and marked capacity for independent work. At the GS-13 level: A B.A. in a discipline of the humanities is required (an M.A. or Ph.D. is preferred). In addition to the basic education requirement, applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience in the humanities at least equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the general schedule. Typically, experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level would include work in the humanities performed with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment, would be professional work of marked difficulty and responsibility, and would require extended professional training and experience which has demonstrated leadership and attainments of a high order.

Qualified applicants will be further evaluated to determine how closely they correspond to the standard set for the ideal candidate. The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria: (1) An M.A. or a Ph.D. in the humanities (for at least one of these positions, an advanced degree in U.S. History or American Studies is preferred); (2) Broad knowledge of issues and trends in the library, archives, or museum field at the regional or national level; (3) Familiarity and experience with issues of digital resources in the humanities; (4) Demonstrated speaking and writing ability, as evidenced by recent (3-5 years) presentations at professional meetings or other public gatherings or by written reports, articles, or other documents prepared for public occasions; (5) Administrative experience in higher education, libraries, archives, museums, or in other non-profit or grant-making organizations.

Application Procedures: You may submit your application in any format you wish, for example, an updated SF-171, “Application for Federal Employment”; OF-612, “Optional Application for Federal Employment,” or resume (hardcopy or by e-mail to this office at [log in to unmask]) Regardless of the format chosen, you must cite Vacancy Announcement 06-010; include all of the required information that is listed and indicate clearly on your application how your experience relates to the humanities. Applicants should also address the criteria for the ideal candidate that is stated above. Some applicants who were separated from active duty in the armed forces with an honorable discharge are entitled to veterans’ preference and must submit a copy of Form DD 214 and any other additional documentation that is required to provide proof of eligibility for veterans’ preference. Persons who claim 10 points veterans’ preference must provide proof from the Veterans Administration (dated 1991 or later) a completed Standard Form 15, Form DD 214, and, if necessary, any other proof of creditable service and honorable discharge. Forms are available on OPM’s web site at, and information on veterans’ preference is available at

NOTE: You are urged to submit your application and/or supplemental paperwork by: (1) e-mail to this office at [log in to unmask]; (2) Fax to (202) 606-8656; (3) a commercial delivery service (e.g., Fed Ex or UPS); or (4) hand delivery to the NEH drop-box located by the elevators on the 11th or 12th Street side of the Old Post Office Pavilion at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Any extra documents requested in the application instructions must still be part of your submission. Your application will only be considered if received by the closing date. Submit required forms to: Renee Lyles National Endowment for the Humanities 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 418 Washington, DC 20506 Applications must be received by the closing date, March 27, 2006, in order to receive consideration. Call (202) 606-8415 for additional information. TDD Number (for the hearing impaired only) (202) 606-8282 or 1-866-372-2930. Failure to submit the required information may result in removal from further consideration. Applicants will be required to complete an OF-306, “Declaration for Federal Employment,” before being hired in order to certify the accuracy of the written application and provide information necessary to determine suitability for Federal Employment. A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Because applications will not be returned, applicants should not submit any original documents.

 This position is a permanent full-time position and includes eligibility for Federal benefits such as health and life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), retirement benefits, transit subsidy up to $105 per month, annual and sick leave, flexible work schedule, etc. Employees may also apply for long-term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law, if selected. This position may require completion of a 1-year trial period. For more information on the National Endowment for the Humanities, visit our website at This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Relocation expenses will not be paid. Applicants are assured of equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or membership in an employee organization.