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Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:WA-828975-NW

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

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$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) was established with funds from the Alice Pike Barney Memorial Fund and a grant from the Department of State. Fifty years and more than 1,500 exhibitions later, SITES' program now embraces a wide range of subjects, cultures, and artifacts. SITES specializes in creating three dimensional, full-scale exhibition "packages" containing objects, photographic images, and interpretive text. Exhibitions also include cases, freestanding display units, and computer and audiovisual equipment.

The position is located in SITES' Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. Museum on Main Street is SITES' key initiative that directly engages small town audiences and brings revitalized attention to undeserved rural communities through their own Main Street museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues. MoMS' exhibitions are a powerful catalyst-opening doors to a community's own history, its culture, its people, and to an enhanced pride of place.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Resume and/or Supporting Documents (see How to Apply)
  • You may be required to complete one (1) year probationary period


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  • Assist the Director in the coordination and planning of the MoMS national program, including exhibition tour management, preparation of materials and presentations, and budgets.
  • Gather materials for evaluation on the effectiveness, impact, and recommendation for improvements on the traveling exhibits.
  • Prepare and develop informational data and materials that are used to organize and track a variety of activities such as exhibition tours, meeting schedules, exhibition production schedules, reports.
  • Research historical background and authenticity of primary and secondary information and provide higher level staff with findings and secure permission for use of images in exhibitions and all related print materials.
  • Serves as a Smithsonian point of contact for local organizations hosting MoMS exhibitions.


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To qualify for the GS-07, you must have one of the following:

A. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree plus meeting one of the following under the superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) provision: 1) Class Standing: In the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as College of Liberal Arts or School of Business Administration, based on the completed courses. Or, 2) Grade-Point Average: A grade-point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on the transcript, or as computed based on four years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B " or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field, or the required courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum. Note: grade-point averages will be rounded to the one decimal place. For example, 2.95 = 3.0, 2.94 = 2.9, and 3.45 = 3.5.3). Or, 3) Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society: Membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. Freshman scholastic honor societies cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)


To verify your claim for this provision, please submit a college transcript(s) showing that you maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all 4 years of undergraduate courses, or, on all undergraduate courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum, including all transferred courses.


B. Successful completion of one full year of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D, in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. Such fields include museum studies, American studies, Art History, personnel management, industrial relations, public administration, political science, business administration, psychology, labor relations or education. (One year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.) (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)



C. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service, assisting in planning, developing, and recommending improved processes in the daily operations of museum exhibitions, preparing informational data/materials that is used to track a variety of activities such as exhibition tours, meeting schedules, exhibition production schedules, reports; and assisting in processing exhibition contracts, coordinating tour itineraries, and helping to evaluate and analyze program effectiveness.


D. I have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of experience described in "C," but I have a combination of the type of graduate education described in "B" and the type of experience described in "C." To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


If appropriate:   Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of the announcement


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.   Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category.   The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


·         Ability to provide administrative support.

·         Knowledge of museum exhibition develop processes.

·         Ability to interact with a variety of individuals.


Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:  Best, Better, and Good.

Best category: Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.


Better category: Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.


Good category: Meets the minimum qualification requirement, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.


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 the 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 in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). 



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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference see

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ). 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):   For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see   To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.  


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.     Your  Résumé and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.

2.     A complete Assessment Questionnaire 


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 05, 2013. 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note:  To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log onto your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 828975. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other Supporting Documents

4. College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
5. Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable.

If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive ICTAP consideration for this vacancy:
1.     Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702. (e.g., one of the following:  RIF Separation Notice;  Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after  termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.)

2.     SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. (NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.) 

3.     Most Recent Performance Appraisal (This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity).
For further information about the I/CTAP programs, please see


Washington Services Branch
Phone: (202)606-2575
Agency Information:
Washington Services Branch
1900 E Street NW Suite 2469
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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