Education Specialist job with USAJobs



This position is located in the Education Unit (EU), National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The employee researches, develops, writes, and produces online and print educational materials for K-12 teachers and students in Native Knowledge 360°, the museum’s national effort to challenge common assumptions and practices and to provide educators and students with new ways of teaching and learning about Native American history and cultures.

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  • Responsible for development and delivery of teacher professional development programs in a variety of settings and formats; develops and implements of strategies and materials for growth, sustainment, and national outreach of the Native Knowledge 360° initiative, to include multimedia online lessons with interactive components, storyboards for videos and narrated slide shows, student activities using primary resources, interpretive text, student worksheets, teaching posters, teacher guides, and lesson plans for teachers.
  • Coordinates and collaborates closely with the Education Unit and several other NMAI departments to research, write, and produce materials and to set and meet production schedules; manages a product development team (including regional contributors, educators, and SME’s); and ensures project timelines and concise feedback and instructions for educational product team members, including museum staff and external contractors and partners.
  • Writes and edits Education Unit materials, including project reports and grant applications. Interprets program requirements and criteria to obtain grants; works closely with them in the planning and development of their proposals. Monitors each product through all phases of development and production to completion. Provides professional and policy advice and assistance to grant applicants and to ongoing grant projects.
  • Develops new procedures for treating a demonstration of unusual or unique products or practices in actual school situations. Ensures that education products have appropriate content reviews and Museum approvals. Collaborates with project evaluators and assists with product testing and evaluation planning and implementation for completed products as well as those under development providing technical assistance as needed.

Travel Required

50% or less – Incumbent will required to travel (30%); local and national travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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


You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:

  • Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.


  • Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above.
  • In addition to the Basic Requirements above you must have the following:

    Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as researching, writing, and producing educational material for students and teachers, K-12 in a museum, educational, or equivalent institution; planning, executing and evaluating educational programs for teachers and students; and working within and setting budgets for programs and materials development.

    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 at the GS-12 level.


    You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:

  • Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.


  • Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above.
  • 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:

    • Knowledge of K-12 education theory and practice sufficient to research, develop, evaluate, and produce national Native American education (online and print) materials for K-12 teachers and students.
    • Knowledge in social studies, language arts, science, and/or cultural studies sufficient to research and evaluate American Indian scholarly resources and community-based interviewing and documentation techniques.
    • Knowledge of agency requirements for funding of grants and contracts in reviewing proposed projects or in monitoring approved projects.
    • Skill in oral communication sufficient to convey sensitive cultural information in writing and orally to a variety of audiences including K-12 students, teachers, and the general public.

    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:

    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 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
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    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 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.
    • 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.
    • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

    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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