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Announcement Number:
18R-JC-304088-DEU-NMAI
Hiring Agency:
SMITHSONIAN
Position Title:
Assistant Managing Editor
Open Period:
08/15/2018 - 08/29/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1001 12
Salary:
USD $81,548 - USD $106,012
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time, Permanent
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
FEW
in
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
John Chiu, Jr.
202-633-6344
chiuj@si.edu

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals (including Veterans recruitment). Excepted Service employees may also apply to this announcement.  

Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #18R-JC-304088-MPA-NMAI.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Federal
Marketing Statement:
The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

 
Summary:

This position is located in the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution.  The employee serves as Assistant Managing Editor of the American Indian Magazine and is responsible for the areas of research, writing, editing, production, and marketing in support of it (in both its print and digital platforms).

Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties



  • Sets short- and long-term plans and schedules for the museum's magazine production efforts and develops, directs, and evaluates all facets associated with the research, writing, publication, and marketing of American Indian Magazine under the direction of the Editor in Chief and with the support of the Managing Editor.  Provides proposed story ideas and production schedules for discussion and approval to maintain the consistent pace of the quarterly print and digital magazine product platforms.




  • Performs editorial review of all manuscripts and other copy material for cultural sensitivity, content, accuracy, appropriateness, journalistic standards, and writing style.  Recommends ways for authors to improve manuscripts before the editing process; ensures copy and content are properly edited, and that design elements serve the needs and requirements of each article.  Assists in image research or rights and permissions work as applicable in collaboration with the magazine's contract researcher and authors.




  • Writes copy, which requires attentiveness to style, conciseness, and factual accuracy.  All writing is expected to be of the highest quality, communicating the museum's mission and activities in a lively, accessible fashion.



  • Conducts qualitative and quantitative research in support of content development and fact checking for a variety of museum projects, and works with curators, authors, and others to ensure error-free copy.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
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.
Key Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Education Requirements:

    N/A

    Evaluations:

    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 the principles and methods for developing print production schedules, to manage project resources and coordinate work among all parties (writers, editors, photographers, curators, consultants, designers, publishers, and distributors).

    • Knowledge of the editorial process to include knowledge of the publishing industry and a working familiarity with the Associated Press Style and Chicago Manual of Style or other recognized style books.

    • Knowledge of the principles of editing and writing in order to assist authors with works in progress and ensure that NMAI's publications are in accord with the museum's standards of scholarly and literary merit, and appropriate in presentation, organization, and tone for their intended purpose.

    • Ability to utilize correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well as standard writing styles, to communicate information in a succinct and organized manner; and to produce written information that is appropriate for the intended audience.

    • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods required in the development of the textual or illustrative components of projects, fulfilling the museum's educational imperative to communicate accurately about the diversity and complexity of Native cultures.


    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.

    Qualifications:

    Experience:


    You qualify for this position if you possess 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, editing, and proofreading a variety of print and electronic projects (newspapers, magazines, press releases, blogs, books, speeches, etc.) for the public; employing print production experience for publications projects, and ensuring that all projects conform to content development and educational standards.



    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.


    Or Education:


    There is no education substitution.


    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Agency 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 https://www.si.edu/OHR/benefits for a complete
    description.

    Other 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 to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
    • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;  OR You may manually fax required documents.  Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine.  Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date.  Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
    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.

    Next Steps:

    At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information: