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Director of Collections Care and Management

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 5, 2022

As the Director of the Collection Care and Management, the incumbent would provides care of the HMSG's permanent collection, that include over 12,000 works range in date from the mid-19th century to the present and include painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, prints, films, video, and installation works, as well as large-scale sculpture, some of which is installed on the Plaza and in the Sculpture Garden.

Typical duties:
  • Supervise and direct day-to-day functions of Collections Care and Management staff, establishes standards and department-wide priorities, and serves as a member of the museum's senior management team.
  • Develop short and long-range plans for the collection management program at HMSG, serving as the principal technical advisor to the Director, Deputy Director, and Chief Curator on museum collection management; supervises administrative, curatorial, collection management, and support staff in the planning, development, implementation, and review of collection management objects, policies, standards, and priorities.
  • Coordinate facilities management, public services, administrative staff and archival staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of processes, procedures, and systems for environmental control.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and management of annual departmental budgets, and provides administration and oversight of all aspects of contract work.


Conditions of Employment

  • Requires career/career-conditional status or eligibility.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for supervisors.

Conditions of Employment


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Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as having proficiency in automated collections information systems; managing collections-related operations such as acquisitions, preservation, storage, inventory control, security, and environmental concerns; managing collections facilities, spaces and/or off-site storage; writes formal plans, policies, procedures, and guidelines for all facets of collections management.

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.

Important Note:

Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

Current or Former Political Appointees: Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Office of Human Resources. Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
  • Position title;
  • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);
  • Agency; and,
  • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.

Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment incentive(s) may be authorized for this position. However, approval for incentives are contingent upon various availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require the incumbent to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a certain time period.

Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid.

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