Supervisory Museum Curator

Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2022
Dec 08, 2022
Full Time

The Supervisory Museum Curator oversees NMAAHC's religious life collection and heads the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life (CSAARL).

In this position, you will:
  • Develop a research agenda, considering mission and objectives related to African American religion. Coordinate the development and review of collection plans for each scholarly area.
  • Prepare for publication scholarly reports of a descriptive and theoretical nature based on own field of work, on study of SI and other collections and on the existing scholarly publications.
  • Acquire and process collection items vital to exhibition, research and public services activities. Define and implement plans for development of a preeminent collection related to faith-based objects.
  • Host public forums that explore African American faith, history, and contemporary culture, as well as roles and needs of faith leaders, religious organizations and African American communities.
  • Supervise Center staff.


Conditions of Employment

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for supervisors.

Conditions of Employment


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Basic Education Requirement:
  • Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.
  • Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown above.

  • In addition to the basic education requirement above:

    You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position, Specialized Experience is defined as demonstrated experience working with historical and contemporary objects, archives, and other ephemera for exhibitions, community-based research, public programs, oral histories, preservation, digital or research relating to the study of religion, religious traditions, faith, or spirituality; writing articles or publications on issues of faith, theology, religion, or spirituality; supervising, managing and/or leading.

    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.

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


    This position has a positive education requirement. Unofficial transcripts are required.

    Additional information

    This position is not included in the bargaining unit.