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Job Title:Visual Information Specialist (Detailing)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:13R-CR-298332-TRF-OEC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Wednesday, January 2, 2013 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013




Temporary - NTE 2 years Full-Time Announcement amended to extend the closing date. - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.




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This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.


Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


This position is located in the Design/Editing Unit, Office of Exhibits Central,(OEC) Smithsonian Institution. The employee provides comprehensive construction documents and graphic files as a bridge between Design and Production.

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


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer


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  • Details all plans pertaining to project design and specifications using such programs as Inventor, Autocad and Vectorworks to ensure design is in line with bid and buildability constraints.
  • Serves as a liaison between production and design to insure that specific fabrication and graphic details effectively reflect the design intent.
  • Provides graphic support using such programs as the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator).
  • Collaborates with Project Manager to establish early estimates, detailed schedules, and budgets to produce and install the exhibit.


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Experience: One year of full-time experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes determining how to build exhibits and related components based on industry standards and codes and articulating in computer-generated drawings; and preparing computer-generated production and graphic files or use in the production of museum exhibits using such equipment as CNC routers, mills, and graphic plotters.

 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/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.


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. Ability to create production-ready files and documents for exhibit fabrication and installation.
  2. Ability to contribute and communicate with all stake holders details and methods for building exhibit components.
  3. Skill with computer aided graphics software, such as Adobe Creative Suite software, i.e., Photoshop, Illustrator, in Design, Bridge and Acrobat, as well as visual design.
  4. Ability to manage time and resources to complete projects on schedule and within budget.
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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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, commuter benefits, health/life insurance, and accidental insurance.


Please see Benefits at for a complete description.


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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.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • 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.


Connie Royal
Phone: 202-633-6342
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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 and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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