Jobs for Humanists 6/4

Welcome to the first installment of Wine and Government Cheese. Below are this week’s openings for people with advanced degrees in the humanities and social sciences.

I hope you’ll look through them and tell me about what you did next! I want this newsletter to be a useful resource, and telling me how you made it work will help me refine it.

Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility • Office of Personnel Management • deadline June 11, 2021

The Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (ODEIA) is a senior executive who serves as the organizational change agent for promoting a culture of DEIA as a strategic opportunity across a portfolio of government-wide strategies and initiatives.

If you’re a good candidate for this job, you definitely aren’t reading this newsletter. All the same, it’s helpful to know what’s out there. Related job: Deputy Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency • deadline June 16, 2021

Case Advocate • Internal Revenue Service • deadline June 9, 2021

Case Advocates help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and recommend changes to prevent future problems.
As a Case Advocate you will:

  • Assist taxpayers on a wide-range of IRS issues by advocating for them within the IRS.

  • Manage an inventory of cases by taking timely actions.

  • Research complex tax law and properly adjust taxpayers' accounts, as well as interact through a variety of methods including face-to-face, telephonic and in writing.

  • Educate taxpayers by presenting information to a variety of groups and individuals.

  • Identify trends or burdens impacting taxpayers and make recommendations for improvement.

Applicants to this position, which is frequently posted for various IRS offices, will be evaluated according on the following areas of competence: “Case Advocacy Techniques, Conflict Management, Customer Service, Decision Making, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Problem Solving, Self-Management, Stress Tolerance and Flexibility” and will respond to a questionnaire.

See also: another posting, in a different location, with a June 10, 2021 deadline. Again, this position is frequently posted, so it may be worth saving a search so you get notified when there are vacancies in your area.

Communications Analyst (Visual) • Government Accountability Office • deadline June 11, 2021

The GAO is seeking experienced professionals to serve as Communications Analysts (Visual); responsible for supporting the development, refinement, publication, and delivery of visual information products (e.g., illustrations, infographics, photographs, and maps) for GAO products. 

Specialized experience for this position is defined as demonstrated experience analyzing written and data-based information and developing visual representations (e.g., flow charts, timelines, infographics, maps, photos, illustrations) to help communicate clear messages.

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

  • Extensive knowledge of graphic design principles, methodologies, and practices that is sufficient to create or help develop complex images and visual representations of data to support a specific engagement team or project.

  • Demonstrated skills in utilizing software (e.g., Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) and hardware to create visual designs for various publications, reports, presentations and other products in support of engagement team assignments and special events and programs for the agency.

  • Skill in analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and translating those data into clear visual representations in a written product.

  • Skill in transforming written descriptions of items, processes, issues, or events into visual representation and developing a variety of visual information products that are used to support and enhance the reader’s comprehension of key subjects, topics, or ideas.

You must respond to a questionnaire as part of this application.

Also see the posting for Communications Analyst (Written) with a June 15, which has a more specialized brief:

GAO’s Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics (STAA) team is looking for a communicator to lead the team’s external speaking events, including written presentations and executive coaching of all forms, and to enhance the absorption of the team’s work throughout the S&T policy community. This position will also support a wide range of written S&T audit reports and other digital publications.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as;

  • reviewing and analyzing written information to develop public presentations around scientific or technological topics;

  • coaching senior executives in public speaking about scientific or technological topical areas, including familiarity with pitching, verbal and non-verbal engagement coaching, prepping panelists, and managing events;

  • formal communications consulting and planning at a strategic and tactical level; and

  • writing federal audits in accordance with the Yellow Book.

I imagine there are some academics who might have auditing experience as described, so thought I’d include it, though I know it’s a stretch for most of us!

Research Librarian • Library of Congress • deadline June 21, 2021

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division (FDT), Research & Library Services Section seeks a Research Librarian. he section broadly supports the work of Congress in issue areas including defense management and budget; defense policy and arms control, foreign policy and global issues, international trade and finance; the Middle East and Africa; Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

This Research Librarian position will provide research and library services to CRS policy analysts and congressional clients, focusing on foreign affairs.

Candidates with a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree and background working in a library, information center, or research organization are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with public speaking in an instructional capacity is desired.

Remember to check the questionnaire.

There are a number of other librarian positions, some with more specific specialties, with June deadlines: Reference and Digital Services Librarian (June 22); Braille Music (June 7); Legal Reference Librarian (June 28).

Program Analyst • US Census Bureau • deadline June 17, 2021


  • Manage assignments that involve multiple functions, programs, and/ or agencies.

  • Respond to internal and external customers, stakeholder and the public.

  • Plan, design, govern, and implement the formal program for evaluations and experiments in the 2030 Census, ACS and/ or GSS

  • Manage projects by developing and monitoring requirements and specifications, schedules, deliverables, and communication to meet the goals of the organization.

  • Gather and synthesize information requested by various management official across the assigned program areas.


  • Specialized Experience: For the GS-09, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service Experience coordinating and  preparing the steps to complete reports; assisting in the development, design, documentation, and implementation of reports; working with software packages to develop presentation materials that includes handouts, overheads, and/or participant materials; conducting studies of work procedures, functions, and management initiatives; and preparing data summaries for inclusion in routine and special reports.


    Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of a Program Analyst.

It seems to me that the questionnaire for this position is a good place to start if you’re interested in it.

Okay, that’s it for this week! See you next Friday!