Supervisory Historian

National Park Service

Job type: government non profit

Application deadline: October 6, 2016


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.

This position is located in the National Park Service (NPS) Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate, in Washington, DC.  The incumbent serves as the Program Manager and is responsible for the Park History program, which includes formulating and providing staff advice, standards, and professional support for internal historic research and education programs; inventories of study and research needs; establishing procedures and standards for the professional conduct of historical research programs; developing and participating in training programs relating to the application of history and historic preservation principles to relevant NPS activities; and participating in the formulation of such programs to meet the Service’s needs.

This position has promotion potential to the target grade of GS-14. You may be promoted to the next higher grade without further competition when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion to the next higher grade is not guaranteed and is contingent upon the above criteria. Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.

Physical Demands: The work is sedentary, but at times requires travel.  The work requires intensive mental effort and concentration to meet objectives or to provide professionally valid solutions to assignments.  Some stress may result and some physical exertion may be required.

Work Environment: The primary environment is an office setting. Travel to parks, centers, and regional offices is required.  During travel a wide range of outdoor environments at varying altitudes, temperatures, and weather extremes may be encountered.

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION. Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the entire announcement, select “Print” above “Job Summary.”

Duties

  • Serves as Chief Historian of the National Park Service, demonstrating and applying mastery of a variety of fields and time periods to serve as the primary spokesperson, advocate, and planner for the overall NPS history program.
  • Develops and guides the long-term direction of the NPS nationwide history program.
  •  Identifies and develops appropriate responses to external issues, threats, legislation, etc. that may impact NPS history programs, sites, and resources.
  • Serves as Chief of the Park History Program.
  • Provides long-range overall program planning, strategies, and direction, ensuring broad representation of American historical diversity, fields, and time periods; analyzes and evaluates the efficiency, effectiveness, quality and professional adequacy of the Service’s historical research publications; critiques and provides scholarly support for historical educational programs; justifies and defends financial proposals and budget requests; and resolves complex issues which impact overall Division/Service-wide history functions, programs, and projects.
  • Provides professional historical information and expert advice and guidance to the Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director, Deputy Associate Director, employees throughout the Service, employees of other agencies, peers in the private and academic sectors, etc.
  •  Analyzes and formulates professional recommendations on significant policy and program issues contained in a variety of internal and external plans, studies, and proposals.
  • Establishes, monitors, and evaluates Servicewide programs, professional standards, guidelines, and procedures related to the management and interpretation of historic sites and structures.
  •  Works with NPS managers who have responsibility for programs in historic architecture, anthropology, archeology, museum collections, and cultural landscapes to meet documentation and preservation responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended.

Travel Required

 

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required

Job Requirements 

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
  • Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations).
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation
  • Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver’s license

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Thursday, October 06, 2016

Basic Qualifications:

To qualify for the History Series, 0170, Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: history; or related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history. OR B. Combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related field that includes at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, the applicant must meet the below minimum qualifications:

For the GS-13 level: Must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at GS-12 level in Federal Service. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include: applying the principles of cultural resource management, and using technical expertise in their application; assisting with the management of long-term resource preservation through Section 106 and 110 compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and providing and/or assisting with identification and research of these resources; documenting cultural resources with special emphasis on social, cultural, military, economic, architectural, archeological, and other historical significance; assisting with project development including planning and management of a unit and/or program; working with other staff members that deliver cultural resource services and support.

For the GS-14 level: Must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at GS-13 level in Federal Service. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include: applying the principles of cultural resource management, and using technical expertise in their application; assisting with the management of long-term resource preservation through Section 106 and 110 compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and providing and/or assisting with identification and research of these resources; documenting cultural resources with special emphasis on social, cultural, military, economic, architectural, archeological, and other historical significance; project development including planning and management of a unit and/or program; working with other staff members that deliver cultural resource services and support; drafting or reviewing legislation or policy relating to historic resources.

If selected at the GS-13 level, the incumbent will work under close supervision performing the overall duties and responsibilities as described in the full performance level of the position description, until the employee has acquired sufficient familiarity with the office policies, procedures, and objectives to assume the full range of assignments.

This position has promotion potential to the target grade of GS-14. You may be promoted to the next higher grade without further competition when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion to the next higher grade is not guaranteed and is contingent upon the above criteria. Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious, spiritus); community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translate directly to paid employment. You may receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If you are qualifying based on education, please submit a legible copy of your college transcripts so that we can verify your course work. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty.

Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.htmlEducation completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory. A credit check may be required for this position if any financial issues arise during the background investigation process.
  • New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license or District of Columbia driver’s license.
  • This is not a drug tested position; however all Federal government employees are subject to reasonable suspicious testing as appropriate.
  • One year supervisory probationary period may be required.

 

 

Posted: September 14, 2016