Museum Curator (Curatorial Acquisitions and Reference)

Washington D.C.
Apr 18, 2019
Apr 18, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • On-line resumes must be received by 11:59 pm EST of the closing date.
  • A college transcript must be submitted if you are qualifying all, or in
  • part, based on your education.
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    Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector as a professional Museum Curator applying knowledge of museum collections management practices or master's or equivalent degree in museum work or in an applicable subject-matter field or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

    Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    In addition to the above requirements, applicants must also meet the education requirements contained below and the following selective placement factors:

    1.  Knowledge of Holocaust history to assist in identification of objects under consideration and to help place them contextually within the Museum’s overall collections.

    2.  Fluency in German in order to translate information from and to English, to decipher inscriptions when assessing authenticity of objects under consideration, and in some instances, to converse effectively with foreign donors, lenders, and other potential sources of materials or information.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of this announcement.

    A.  Must have completed a four-year course leading to a bachelor's degree that included or was supplemented by major study in museum work or in a subject-matter such as history;
    B.  Must have a combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major in museum work, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above;
    C.  Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown in (A) above.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., military orders, campaign documents such as expeditionary award citation) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the documentation required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To receive selection priority for this position, Displaced Federal service employees must be rated 'well-qualified' or at a score of 90 and above for ICTAP consideration. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to:

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

    Selective If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify you have registered with the Selective Services System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Services Law. See Services:

    Direct Deposit: All new hires must agree to direct deposit of their paychecks to a Banking Institution. Employees will have up to two (2) pay periods from the date they enter on duty to arrange for their direct deposit transaction.

    If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be fined or jailed.

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

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will occur to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your application and occupational questionnaire will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, and other characteristics, for placement in one of the following categories:

    1. Best Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position;

    2. Well Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position;

    3. Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

    Please note that your answers to the questions in the occupational questionnaire must be supported in your resume.  Therefore, it is important to support your answers by providing examples of experience in your resume.  Failure to do so will result in your scores being adjusted and you may be eliminated from the best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

    The Category Rating Process 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 category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified), provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics:

    • Professional knowledge of museum practices, methods, and techniques with specialized knowledge of curatorial procedures. Prior museological experience required.
    • Familiarity with collections management techniques as well as knowledge of the principles and practices of accessioning artifacts within museums.
    • Knowledge of relevant historical field such as modem European history, Jewish studies, or German history.
    • Knowledge of Holocaust history.
    • Knowledge of, and basic fluency in German.
    • Communication skills, both written and oral, necessary for the transmission of complex information in concise form and for the preparation of briefing papers, reports and correspondence; attention to detail in transcription and documentation of object and personal histories; and professional demeanor in all written correspondence and in interaction with other staff.

    Additional details on the application process can be found in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. We recommend that you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

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