Supervisory Museum Specialist (Natural Science)

Washington D.C.
Oct 17, 2017
Oct 17, 2017
Full Time

This position is located in the Branch of Learning Venues and Visitor Experience, within the Office of Education & Outreach (E&O) at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution. This branch is responsible for policy development, management and oversight of a variety of services and programs that enhance the visitor experience at the Museum, including the coordination and the development of the Museum’s earned revenue-producing activities.

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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for supervisors.
  • Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

    Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of full-time experience at the grade 7 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. For this position specialized experience is defined as use of invertebrate animal husbandry techniques, living-collections management, exhibit maintenance and management, visitor centered program production and management, and museum business management practices.

    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: Two full years of progressively higher level
    graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

    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.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

    1. Knowledge of live arthropod specimen collection management and husbandry techniques, shipping, and state, national, and international procedures.
    2. Knowledge of inquiry-based and participatory informal science education approaches and practices, especially the use of live animals in exhibits and educational programs.
    3. Knowledge of business management practices to include budgeting; capital expensing; other earned income revenue opportunities; qualitative and quantitative analysis of operations.
    4. Skill in supervising paid and volunteer staff to ensure efficient operation a museum or learning venue and to maintain high morale within staff and volunteer corps.
    5. Skill in written and digital communications sufficient to address varied audiences and serve as an interface between multiple museum constituents and stakeholders (e.g., volunteers and scientists; volunteers and the public; NMNH staff and SI staff).
    6. Skill in oral communication sufficient to address varied audiences and to serve as an interface between multiple museum constituents and stakeholders (e.g., volunteers and scientists; volunteers and the public; NMNH staff and SI staff).
    Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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