International Digital Communications Specialist

Smithsonian Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 04

Position description

This position is located in the Smithsonian Office of International Relations (OIR). The Smithsonian's Office of International Relations (OIR) serves as the central point for Institution-wide advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of all international activities of the Institution. OIR is the central external representation of international programs of the Institution, and leads international relationships with U.S. government and international organizations, including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, foreign embassies, and other governmental and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad. OIR also works in concert with leadership of other museums and programs in setting international strategy for the Institution, developing new programs, and communicating our impact.


  • Communicates in writing and orally with foreign audiences (external to the United States) about Smithsonian's internationally-focused cultural and scientific programs.
  • Communicates factual information about the Smithsonian's international programs through digital platforms, including blogs, video and social media channels.
  • Develops content of an international nature for web publication to Smithsonian Global website, through interviews with Smithsonian experts, writing and editing written copy, sourcing images and video to accompany written copy, creation of scripts and video interviews of internal and external partners.
  • Develops internationally-focused written, graphic and video content using Microsoft Office applications, the Adobe Creation Suite, and on-line applications.
  • Manages internationally-focused social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, developing posts, planning social media calendars, and generating quarterly analytics reports.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

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.


Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position Specialized experience is defined as experience developing written content of an international nature for placement on a museum or museum-related organization's wedsite that explains the organization's international programs to an audience that may be indifferent or unfamiliar with the organization. It includes experience writing and editing documents with attention to style manual requirements and grammar.

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: 

1 year of graduate-level education


Superior academic achievement

Completion of graduate level education in the amounts shown is qualifying for positions if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

Superior Academic Achievement Provisions:

A Bachelor’s degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, plus at least one of the following superior academic achievement provisions:

1. A grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses, or courses completed in the last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or

2. A grade-point average (GPA) of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for the required courses in your major field of study, or required courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or

3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or

4. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society, other than freshman honor societies. Honor societies that have been approved are listed in the American College of Honor Societies. Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird’s Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).

To verify your claim for this provision, please submit a college transcript(s) showing that you maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all 4 years of undergraduate courses, or on all undergraduate courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum, including all transferred courses.

Note: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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