Museum Curator (Art)
The incumbent of this position serves as Curator and Head of the Department of Old Master Prints, reporting to the Senior Curator of the Prints and Drawings division. The incumbent is an established scholar and recognized connoisseur and is responsible for the permanent collection of European prints and illustrated books before 1900; collection care and loan administration; supervising the East Building prints and drawings study room; pursuing and securing acquisitions by gift and purchase; carrying out scholarly research; interpretation; organizing exhibitions; publishing; departmental administration and supervision; and public service.
This position is also being advertised under job announcement NGA-17-102B to persons with Federal competitive status or reinstatement eligibility, or who are eligible under the Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) or other special hiring authorities, including Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority and Schedule A authority to hire individuals with severe disabilities. Persons wishing to be considered under both announcements must apply separately to each.
Occasional travel - Must be available for U.S. and European travel, up to 7 days per trip (10% of time).
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Must have advanced reading ability in at least two of the following languages: German, French, and Italian.
Physical Requirements: Conducting research within the Gallery is somewhat sedentary, but installation and exhibition activity as well as field research, visits to other museums, collections, galleries, other museums, collections, archives, libraries and other scholarly institutions may be strenuous and physically demanding. The incumbent works desk and around a study table and walks in the Gallery visiting gallery space. The incumbent is not expected to lift items weighing more than approximately twenty-five pounds.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors' or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements. Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to course that may be accepted as part of the program major.
- Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. the "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determine the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4 year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These course should have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector
Examples of specialized experience are:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector performing collections management; organizing exhibitions; collections development; research, interpretation and scholarly programs work.
Those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates:
Knowledge of the field and art market, including sources, values and acute discrimination about individual works of art (connoisseurship)
Knowledge of prints and drawings collection care and management
Skill in organizing exhibitions, from small focus projects to major international loan shows
Ability to write and develop interpretative art programs for all audience levels
Skill in departmental and curatorial administration
Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
A. Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired thought the successful completion of the 4 year course of study as shown in A above.
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.
- The National Gallery of Art fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
• More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
• Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
• AN EXTERNAL SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST BE FINGERPRINTED AND RECEIVE A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, RESULTING IN A SATISFACTORY SUITABILITY DETERMINATION BEFORE BEING HIRED FOR THIS POSITION.
• All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information
Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified".
Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:
Best Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.
Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position.
Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.
If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.
Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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