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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Museum Specialist

Agency:Smithsonian

Job Announcement Number:12R-MP-297609-DEU-NMAI

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 19, 2012 to Monday, April 2, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1016-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Permanent - Federal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Suitland, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should apply to Job Announcement #12R-MP-297609-MPA-NNAI

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), at the Cultural Resources Center (CRC), Suitland, MD.  The employee assists the Collections Manager and Assistant Collections Manager in all aspects of the management, accountability, care, preservation, and use of the NMAI collection of Native ethnographic and archaeological artifacts and works of contemporary art.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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  • Stores, makes storage supports for, moves, tracks, packs/unpacks, and cares for Native American museum objects.    
  • Plans for, facilitates, accompanies, oversees, and documents visitor use of Native American object collections by varied audiences. 
  • Serves as departmental project team member for museum-wide project teams and plans/implements within-department projects.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-07 level related to the operation and management of a Native American museum collection performing the following duties:  personally assisting staff and outside visitors to use Native American museum collections  and answering reference questions; caring for, storing, building storage supports for,  tracking, moving, and packing/unpacking Native American objects; pest management and environmental monitoring of a Native American museum collection; serving as a project team member in large-scale museum projects; planning and implementing small-scale departmental projects; and using museum-related computer applications, including collections information relational databases. 

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 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/or 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

  • Knowledge of museum best practices and a wide range of concepts principles, standards, methodology, and practices related to the care, handling, storage, storage support making, tracking, packing, unpacking, internal movement, and shelving of a museum collection of Native American ethnographic, archaeological and contemporary art material.
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring procedures and equipment used in a museum setting and of pest management supplies and procedures appropriate for use on Native American contemporary art, ethnographic, and archaeological collections and within museum storage spaces.
  • Knowledge of and facility with computer applications used in collections management work.
  • Knowledge of Native American culture/art/history, collections-based anthropological research methods, standard Native American reference sources, and systems of cultural classification  in order to provide culturally sensitive oversight to the handling and storage of collections objects, to provide relevant information to researchers, to assist visitors to the collections, and to effectively use collections information system.
  • Ability to provide one-on-one personal customer service and effectively communicate orally with varied audiences in a museum setting.
  • Ability to serve on large-scale project teams and plan and implement small-scale projects. 

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This 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. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. 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. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

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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BENEFITS:

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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.

OTHER INFORMATION:


HOW TO APPLY:

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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran.  Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify.  If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marie Parks
Phone: 202-633-6332
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: Parksma@si.edu
Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
20013-7012
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

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Job Announcement Number:

12R-MP-297609-DEU-NMAI

Control Number:

312199000