Museum Specialist

Washington D.C.
Jul 10, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Museum Specialist serves as a Digital Asset Manager in the Archives Department of the Collections and Curatorial Affairs Directorate of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, DC.

The incumbent supports the Photography Services Section which is responsible for photographing and preserving the visual history of the National Air and Space Museum’s artifacts, exhibitions, staff, and events.

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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as digitizing and maintaining photographic collections, cataloging and formatting photographic collections in computerized databases or digital asset management systems and conducting archival photographic research to validate, update and correct existing collections data.

    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.

    Or Education: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

    Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of graduate education beyond the first year in the field may be qualifying.

    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

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    • Coordinates requests for new and existing digital photography for Museum projects with the staff, evaluates customers’ needs and technical requirements, and schedules and plans assignments.
    • Initiates work orders, and tracks assignments to ensure timely production and delivery of requested images according to the customer’s specification and project objectives.
    • Catalogues processed digital images and uploads digital files with proper metadata into the Smithsonian Digital Asset Management System (DAMS).
    • Advises other Museum staff on how to access and query the DAMS in order to review and request previously archived image files.
    • Makes recommendations to the Chief Photographer regarding the imaging system requirements, digital imaging equipment and supplies, hardware and software.

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