Museum Curator (Art)
This position is located within the Curatorial Office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). The purpose of the position is to carry out assigned and approved projects in the four areas of curation: research, exhibits, development & management of collections and public service and to initiate and propose related projects for review by the Chief Curator and Director. The incumbent works specifically with Time-Based Media, which includes video, slide, film, audio and computer-based art. Typical Duties in collections management and exhibitions require incumbent to consider migrating content to other media or formats as well as the feasibility of locating replacement parts for electronics or emulating earlier equipment.
- Occasional Travel
- Occasional travel may be required for this position.
All applicants must meet these Basic Requirements: (You must submit unofficial school transcripts): 1. Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field; or 2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education; or 3. 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 Requirements listed above, you may qualify for this position if you possess the Specialized Experience below:
For Grade 11:
You must have one year of specialized experience (Federal or other) at the GS-9 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes curatorial activities focused on time-based media such as: researching and coordinating exhibitions or display of time-based media within an art museum or similar environment.
For Grade 12:
You must have one year of specialized experience (Federal or other) at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes curatorial activities focused on time-based media such as: researching, interpreting and exhibiting time-based media within an art museum or similar environment.
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.
For Grade 11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-12 level.
Or a Combination:
Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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