Museum Curator

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 23, 2019
Closes
May 23, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

25% or less - Frequent travel may be expected. This position has a significant role in connecting Native community members to the collections, and will include frequent visits and presentations to tribal communities, the potential for collaborative projects with tribal communities, and travel to conferences and other professional meetings.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

    You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:

    1. Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field. OR

    2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR

    3. 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.

    In addition to Basic Requirements above you must have following:

    Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position Specialized experience is defined as performing the following duties: scholarly, technical, and/or applied research related to North American archaeology, including collaborations or partnerships with academic and cultural institutions and community-based scholars; collections-based research, identifications, and enhancement of collections information; development of exhibitions, public programs, or other content venues; and public service, public education, or serving other needs of the public.

    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.

    There is no education substitution at this grade level.

    You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:

    1. Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field. OR

    2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR

    3. 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.

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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 and training in researching the archaeology, anthropology, or art history of pre-Columbian peoples of North America, with emphasis on complex and small-scale societies of the United States, Canada, Greenland, and northern Mexico and contextualizing Native material culture and arts.

    2. Knowledge of pre-Columbian, historical and contemporary Native peoples of the United States, Canada, Greenland, and northern Mexico and the cultural and political concerns and sensitivities of those peoples, including those related to current issues in the museum and archaeological professions.

    3. Ability to conduct archaeological, anthropological, historical and art historical research on NMAI or other museum collections, and in libraries and archives for exhibition and other content development, artifact documentation, and extended study.

    4. Knowledge of cataloging and documentation procedures necessary for improving artifact documentation of permanent collections in order to conduct comprehensive systematic projects to check, correct, and enhance collections information using collections information systems such as NMAI’s Collections Information System.

    5. Ability to organize and synthesize information from research and other sources into simple, easily understood concepts and to present them clearly, in writing and orally, to a wide variety of individuals whether they be high level employees, representatives of other museums and galleries, private foundations or cultural institutions, scholars of all disciplines, donors and potential donors, peers, and members of the general public.

    Important Note:

    The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.


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    Drug test required No


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