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Job Title:  Museum Curator
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  13A-MR-298780-MPA-NMAAHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 21, 2013 to Monday, July 22, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, US  View Map

This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility. Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply such as applicants with a disability; former Peace Corps volunteers; certain military spouses; or individuals eligible under various programs for Veterans.


This position is located in the Office of Curatorial Affairs within the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). As a member of the curatorial staff the employee will serve as a Museum Curator contributing expertise and intellectual leadership for the museum's interpretation of African American history and culture in one or more of the following subject areas: religion, military, and/or the Diaspora.

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


  • 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.


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  • Initiates, develops, and conducts mission-related research projects related to collections or exhibitions of the African American experience as related to military, religion, and/or Diasporic history and culture. Presents research to scholars and to the general public through publications, exhibitions, presentation or other means. 
  • Participates in the long-term development and maintenance of African American military, religion, and/or diasporic history collections. Assesses the collections’ strengths and weaknesses, and plans for the growth of the collections.
  • Plans and implements exhibition to maintain and promote scholarly and public interest.
  • Consults and advises colleagues, educational institutions, research foundations, government agencies, and the general public on queries relating areas of subject matters knowledge.


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Basic Requirement:

  • Degree in museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field. OR
  • Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR
  • Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study.

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above:  You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position Specialized experience is defined as acquisitioning and managing a museum’s collections, exhibitions, publications, curatorial aspects of collections stewardship and preservations, and doing research relating to African American history and culture focusing on one or more of the following: military, religion, and/or the Diaspora. 

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.  

For a full explanation of this option please see the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific PositionsSpecial 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 proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):  If you applying as for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

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

Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, 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. Skill in conducting original research and reporting on research topics in the field of African American military, religion, and/or Diasporic history and culture for a scholarly audience and in a format that encourages public understanding.
  2. Ability to communicate in writing and conduct scholarly research that results in published materials.
  3. Skill in developing and building a collection documenting the African American experience, history, and culture.
  4. Skill in planning and implementing museum exhibition programs related to African American history and culture.
  5. Ability to communicate orally as a consultant and advisor to colleagues, educational institutions, research foundations, government agencies, and the general public.
BASIS OF RATING:  Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.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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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.
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • 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.
  • A recent performance evaluation
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA
  • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration.
  • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order.
  • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here


Madalyn Robinson
Phone: 202-633-6339
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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