Supervisory Registrar

Washington D.C.
Jul 14, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Museum Collections and Operations Division, Cultural Resources Center, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution. The employee is responsible for the accountability of the museum’s permanent collections which include objects, paper archives, photographic archives, and media archives through the establishment of incoming and outgoing loans, new accessions, annual inventory and the maintenance of their associated records. He/she also leads and manages an office of about six staff.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic and international travel may be required.

  • No

  • 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-12 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. For this position specialized experience is defined as bearing responsibility for the accountability of the collection, managing collections acquisitions and cataloguing, arranging for incoming and outgoing collections loans, and managing staff in a medium-to-large museum (i.e., setting priorities, assigning work, holding team meetings, and delegating authority to subordinate staff and monitoring performance).

    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.

    For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

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    • Holds accountability for the museum’s permanent collections through the establishment of inventory processes and the implementation of annual inventories.
    • Oversees and manages collection acquisitions, de-accessions, and disposals, and their cataloguing through an automated Collections Information System.
    • Catalogues collections and reporting upon the condition of objects.
    • Reviews necessary information to manage the loan process ensuring the safety of the items: facility reports, environmental conditions, security requirements, international conventions, transportation and insurance transactions, object movement tracking, courier requirements, and conservation assessments.
    • Manages staff in the Office of the Registrar.

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