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Job Title:  Assistant Director for Exhibitions
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14A-JW-299026-MPA-NMNH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 17, 2014 to Friday, February 14, 2014
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC 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, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.
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About the Agency

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


  • Not Required


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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for managers.


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  • Serves as the principal advisor to senior management on all aspects of permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions to include short-term and long-range planning design and content development, architectural and engineering plans, historic preservation, conservation, contracting, cost estimating, demolition, fabrication, installation and de-installation, maintenance, graphics, way-finding, and audio-visual.
  • Oversees the design and production of several science and anthropological exhibitions simultaneously, some of which are large and complex, displaying thousands of valuable specimens and artifacts.
  • Develops, justifies, executes, and controls the Office of Exhibits Federal and Trust budgets and ensures compliance with all Federal, Institution and Museum financial management policies and procedures.
  • Directs the Office of Exhibitions, leading staff and contractors to ensure quality performance consistent with Museum program emphasis and overall priorities. 

·        Participates in broader Smithsonian initiatives locally, nationally, or internationally, relating to exhibition planning, development and/or implementation.


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Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position specialized experience is defined asoverseeing all aspects of exhibition design and production of specimen or artifact-based exhibitions for a major museum or gallery complex, including short and long-term planning, content development, architectural and engineering plans, conservation, contracting, cost estimating, budgeting, fabrication, installation, graphics, and audio-visual production. 

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.


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.
*Must include the size in (sq. ft.) of exhibitions you have worked within your resume.*


All applicants must meet the required Screen-Out-Factor to be minimally qualified.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: Ability to manage the full cycle of major multi-year, multi-million dollar artifact or specimen-based exhibition projects from start to finish.

For applicants that meet the Selective Factor above, your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

  1.  Ability to manage the full cycle of major multi-year, multi-  million dollar artifact or specimen-based exhibition projects from start to finish.

2.    Skill in all areas of exhibit planning for large, complex, specimen or artifact-based exhibitions, including  content development, visitor testing, design, lighting, conservation, graphics, audio-visual, project management, cost estimating, production, and exhibition space planning  that includes security, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering requirements.

3.     Knowledge of budget development and financial accounting sufficient to develop budgets for multi-million dollar exhibit projects, and to monitor spending and controls.

  1. Ability to develop short and long-range strategies and to effectively communicate exhibition ideas to senior management and staff in terms of mission relatedness, design, fabrication and budget., and to effectively negotiate timeframes, responsibilities, and resources.
  2. Ability to supervise a diverse staff directly and through subordinate supervisors.
  3. Skill in development and oversight of large, complex contracts to assure appropriate fulfillment of contract terms, typically through subordinate COTRs.

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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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
  • 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.


Jan Williams
Phone: 202-633-6383
Fax: 5712584052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 5712584052


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:
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  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
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