Exhibits Specialist (Cost Estimating)

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Administrative Unit of the Smithsonian Exhibits (SIE), Smithsonian Institution. The employee provides comprehensive cost estimating in all phases of exhibition development, design and production, from preliminary cost estimates, final quotes, change orders for scope increases and decreases, progressively detailed cost estimates aligned with design milestones, and consultation on cost-effective value analysis.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Experience:

    You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 9 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as preparing progressively detailed cost estimates for the design and production of museum exhibitions.

    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:

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree


    3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree


    LL.M., if related

    Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

    Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

    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 education 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.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    This Exhibits Specialist (Cost Estimating) Trust position has the following Major Duties:

    • Prepares detailed cost estimates for all phases of exhibit design and production of museum exhibitions.
    • Works with project teams throughout the design and production phases to update and maintain progressively detailed cost estimates.
    • Assists in the specification, sourcing and/or purchasing of products, materials, services and/or vendors.

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