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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Museum Curator (Art)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:13A-CR-298695-TRF-FSG

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 28, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

IS-1015-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Permanent - Indefinite Trust Appointment.  This is not a
Federal position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSG). The employee serves as Curator of Chinese art, focusing on later Chinese objects such as ceramics, sculpture, lacquer, and furniture. The incumbent works under the general direction of the Chief Curator of the FSG.

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

DUTIES:

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  • Performs duties related to the research, identification, acquisition, cataloguing, and preservation of the museum's collection of later Chinese objects and sculpture (post Tang).
  • Conceives original, imaginative, aesthetically stimulating, and educational exhibitions fro
  • Conceives original scholarly research projects, both independently and as part of a research team resulting in publications and/or exhibitions.
  • Initiates, develops and oversees programs for the appropriate expansion and development of the collections.
  • Participates in conferences and scholarly gatherings to disseminate original research and offers lectures, talks, tours on the collections and other topics related to later Chinese art.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirement for IS-1015-12 and IS-1015-13:

  • Degree in an applicable subject-matter field such as Chinese art  or
  • A 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 as shown above.

IS-12 - In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must 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 experience in later Chinese objects such as ceramics, and  lacquer performing duties related to the identification, acquisition, preservation, cataloguing, exhibition, and interpretation of art objects that represent the later Chinese collection areas of both museum.

 

IS-13 - In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the Grade12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position, Specialized experience is defined as experience in later Chinese objects such as ceramics, lacquer, sculpture and furniture performing duties related to the identification, acquisition, preservation, cataloguing, exhibition, and interpretation of art objects that represent the later Chinese collection areas of both museums.


 



Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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:

 

  • Knowledge of and practical experience in post-Tang decorative arts in the following ceramics, lacquer, sculpture or furniture.
  • Ability to read classical and/or modern Chinese language for research purposes.
  • Ability to conduct research, develop new ideas and concepts, and to publish on later Chinese art in peer reviewed publications.
  • Skill in writing labels and didactics for later Chinese art.
  • Skill in identifying new acquisitions in later Chinese art for the permanent collections.
  • Skill in oral communication to represent the museum and its collections, exhibitions, and programs  of later Chinese art to different audiences.

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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BENEFITS:

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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 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.
  • 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:

Connie Royal
Phone: 202-633-6342
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: royalco@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:

13A-CR-298695-TRF-FSG

Control Number:

346670000