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Human Capital Management and Training Coordinator – IS-12

Application deadline(s): 
Friday, March 31

Are you a Human Resources (HR) professional interested in conservation and animals? The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) is seeking to hire Human Capital Management and Training Coordinator to develop, implement, and manage NZCBI HR programs focusing on staff and training development and equal opportunity. 

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a leader in the conservation, care, exhibition, and research of wildlife and habitats.  NZCBI’s employees in the nation’s capital, Virginia, and worldwide and as part of the Smithsonian make it prominent in national and international affairs involving conservation, zoos, wildlife, public outreach, and biological research.

The ideal candidate for this position will have proven multi-year experience in human capital management and training coordination to include analyzing organizational planning and development needs, providing human resource (HR) management, advising senior leadership on HR policy, and administering HR information technology (IT) systems.  Additionally, they will build NZCBI wide programs to improve communication, cooperation, and coordination across all departments and at all levels of NZCBI.  Through ongoing gap and trend analysis, they will identify opportunities for smarter NZCBI training and cultural improvement investments.

The ideal candidate for this position will join a dedicated team of professionals wearing many hats. While human capital management and training coordination will be the primary focus, this candidate will be looked to as an expert on a wide variety of other employee focused areas allowing for successful completion of the NZCBI and Smithsonian missions.

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, time management, and prioritization skills as well as the ability to multi-task in completing serval projects in parallel. They will have the ability and confidence to coach, counsel, mentor, and influence staff, coworkers, and others. Patience and the ability to think outside the box are highly valued qualities in a successful candidate.

This is a 3-year Term Smithsonian Trust position with benefits, including healthcare, dental, paid vacation and paid sick leave.

All applications must be received by March 31, 2023, please see below for how to apply.


  • Analyzes organizational planning and development needs, staffing needs, position structure, and position management issues, taking into consideration the quasi-governmental nature of the Smithsonian. 
  • Develops major organizational proposals that involve extensive analysis prior to recommending significant changes in workforce development activities and training. 
  • Analyzes various sources of information e.g. budget (trust and federal), training needs, workforce morale, hiring restrictions, workload, etc., and provides advice on appropriate training options, staffing options, guidelines/procedures, etc. for conducting administrative support functions and program operations.
  • Provides human capital management, human resource management and administrative support to both Federal and Trust NZCBI employees. 
  • Performs program analyzes for developing NZCBI personnel and training regulations. Researches, coordinates, and publishes policies and procedures for all areas of human resource, training, and position management for NZCBI.
  • Works with managers in developing Individual Development Plans (IDPs), performance plans and appraisals. Makes recommendations on performance and conduct based actions. Ensures full utilization of the staff, advises on human resource development (HRD) and develops HRD plans.
  • Administers NZCBI's human resource information management system (HRMS). Uses computer technology and a variety of administrative, personnel and budgeting applications, such as MS Office Suite, Office 365, WebTA, EPMS and ERP to accomplish the work of the organization through automation. Applies information technology skills to HR areas, and particularly human resources development and training.


  • Comprehensive and thorough knowledge of laws, regulations, Executive Orders, court decisions, and issues related to the Federal personnel and skill to apply this knowledge to a variety of difficult and complex work assignments. This includes SI HR procedures and policies and their differences from Federal HR rules and regulations, to include policies and procedures applicable to trust funded employees and individuals serving as interns, researchers, volunteers, and contractors. 
  • Demonstrated capability and experience with at least two of the major HR functional areas and knowledge of other HR functional areas to advise managers on all aspects of HR and to develop HR personnel policies and procedures for NZCBI.
  • Comprehensive skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to human resource issues- or studies and the relationship of human resources to program operations; goals and objectives; work distribution and staffing level issues; administrative support systems; management practices, policies, and procedures; and organizational analysis and planning. 
  • High level of communication skills, both written and oral; ability to interact favorably in sensitive or controversial situations; persuasive, discrete and tactful; keen sense of awareness and analytical acumen; combined practical and theoretical grasp of operational and organizational awareness.
  • A sound working knowledge of computers, printers and scanners for data base management, analytical research and studies, budget and personnel functions and use in day-to-day operations in word processing, development of briefing slides, and HRD.


Note: Your application will not be considered unless you follow all instructions below.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should address your experiences for the bullet points outlined in the "Knowledge Required" section above.

Email resume and cover letter to The subject of your email should read: "Human Capital Management and Training Coordinator Position: Your name." All applications must be received by March 31, 2023.

This position is located at NZCBI Headquarters 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC 2008. It is accessible via mass transit, and onsite employee parking is currently available at no cost. Hybrid Telework Schedule Eligible, however, a minimum of 3-days onsite per week is required due to the nature of the position. Additionally, there is a requirement for this position to regularly visit NZCBI’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute campus located in Front Royal, VA.  

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological and Conservation Biology Institute, and nine research centers. The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute plays a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.