Director - Gerald R. Ford Library 
Open & closing dates:
03/26/2021 to 05/06/2021
Salary: $132,552 to $183,300 per year

Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-time


This position is part of the National Archives and Records Administration. As a/an Director- Gerald R Ford Library, you will be serving as Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Incumbent is responsible for planning, directing, and administering all program and activities of the library and the museum.


As a Director- Gerald R Ford Library, you will:

  • Plan and direct the programs and activities of the library and museum which contain the papers of Gerald Ford, including his Presidential materials for the period of his tenure; the papers of persons such as cabinet officers, heads of Federal agencies, members of Congress, political leaders, as well as national political organizations; selected records of federal agencies; a library of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and other printed materials; audiovisual materials including motion and still pictures, slides, sound recordings, and other such materials; and collections of artifacts and memorabilia related to the President and his times.
  • Be responsible for providing leadership, policy development, program accountability, budget formulation, and strategic planning for the library in context with NARA's overall strategic plan and annual operating plans and budget. Directs the managerial and administrative activities of the library including personnel, budget, space management, disbursement, procurement of property and the writing of reports.
  • Direct the full range of archival, museum, and information-related services to provide for the accessibility and preservation of the historical materials at the library.
  • Maintain liaison and develops cooperative working relationships with the academic community including lecturing and the development of curricula related to the holdings of the library.
  • Maintain close working relations with the former President's family and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation particularly in developing and sustaining partnerships particularly in developing and sustaining partnership ventures and providing other funding opportunities that enhance the growth and reputation of the library as a dynamic museum and center of public scholarship and service.

Travel Required: 25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Conditions Of Employment

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

  • Must complete a 1-year SL probationary period, unless previously completed.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form i-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Must complete a SL Personnel Financial Disclosure Report annually.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing may be required.
Key Requirements:
  1. Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  3. Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. National

All Technical Professional Qualifications (TPQs) noted in the "Qualifications" section.

In addressing these mandatory qualifications, elaborate on your accomplishments, experience, training, education, and awards, highlighting the problems solved and work objectives met, i.e., the results of your effort and evidence of your success. Do not repeat entries from your narrative work history.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible experience directly related to the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Technical Qualifications. All experience will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent, with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. If you do not meet the requirements, specialized experience, and all mandatory technical qualifications then that may result in disqualification.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have at least one year of specialized experience related to this position. Specialized experience includes:

  • Directing a historical, archival, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or governmental institution; AND
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and maintaining public-private or other coalitions and partnerships to advance the programs and missions of a public or private institution; AND
  • Demonstrated experience in setting priorities, developing and implementing policy, and strategic planning in a museum or library.

Mandatory Qualifications Requirements: To meet minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical competencies. These competencies would typically be gained through experience, education, and training that reflects progressive development and achievement in managing a Federal legal program for a nationwide organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.


Posted on 4/1/2021

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