Museum Specialist (Collection Management)

Washington D.C.
Jul 18, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history, to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 200 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 200 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 200.

We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.

  • Not 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-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as: processing, cataloging, accessioning, exhibition, creating and enhancing digital records for collection objects and coordinating work flow related to collections processing, cataloging, record creation, and training of museum technicians, contractors, interns, and/or volunteers; providing transport and scheduling, installation and de-installation for exhibitions, viewings, and collections access visit support.

    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.

    Education may be substituted for the required specialized experience as follows: 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position may be substituted for the specialized experience. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    Or a Combination: A combination of qualifying education and experience may be used to meet the qualification requirements. 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.

    Applicants must have a valid State or District of Columbia driver's license.

    In accordance with the Smithsonian Institution's Drug and Alcohol Testing and Medical Examinations for Commercial Drivers Program, tentative selectees must pass a drug test AND physical examination in order to be offered an appointment.

    Applicants must be able to obtain at least a Class "B" Commerical Driver's License (CDL).

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    This position serves as Museum Specialist in Office of Collections Management and is responsible for:

    • collections management functions that include preparing collections for long term housing, short- and long-distance transport;
    • assisting staff with incoming and outgoing exhibit objects;
    • assisting in developing and implementing of collections spatial plans;
    • providing collections storage housekeeping;
    • maintaining records that track environmental controls in collection storage;
    • carrying out the integrated pest management program; and
    • providing transportation and installation support for exhibition efforts as well as gallery and public space activities for oversized and general sized objects utilizing object supports, rigging, forklifts, hoists, and gantries, etc.

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