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Job Title:Assistant Director for Exhibitions

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:14A-JW-299026-DEU-NMNH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 17, 2014 to Friday, February 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1001-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Permanent - Federal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should apply to Job Announcement #14A-JW-299026-MPA-NMNH.
 

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for managers.

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 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.*

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This 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. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet 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 when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. 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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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.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jan Williams
Phone: 202-633-6383
Fax: 5712584052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: Willija@si.edu
Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
20013-7012
US
Fax: 5712584052

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:

14A-JW-299026-DEU-NMNH

Control Number:

359476100