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Job Title:Museum Technician

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:14R-DP-299171-MPA-NMAI

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,631.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 to Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1016-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time; Term appointment for 2 years. - This appointment may be extended up to four years.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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  • Presents programs for the public in the museum's galleries and the imagiNATIONS Activity Center.
  • Answers questions about Native cultures and customs across the Western Hemisphere and uses personal knowledge and experience to enhance and broaden visitors' understanding and context of the exhibitions. 
  • Interacts with museum visitors--primarily children under age 12--by answering questions and assisting with their explorations of the interactive space.  Help visitors to use interactive stations and explore handling collections and discovery boxes and provides additional resources to answer visitors' queries.
  • Contributes to the design, development and implementation of educational programs including guided tour scripts, workshops, presentations with a focus on Native communities, and gallery/museum activities for adults and children. 
  • Works closely with the floor lead and center coordinator to maintain the operations of the interactive components of the Activity Center, including working with exhibitions, IT, education, facilities, and other stakeholders.  Work included daily start-up and shut-down of media components, stocking and resupply, hygiene and cleaning, and operational integrity of the activities. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Experience: One year of specialized experience (Federal or other) related to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects that is equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal government performing the following duties:  presenting educational programs by and about Native Americans with an emphasis on presenting to children ages 12 and under in a museum, historic site, or cultural organization or institution.
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.
 
Or Education: One full academic year of related graduate level education or superior academic achievement. 
 
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special 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.
 
Superior Academic Achievement Provisions:
A Bachelor's degree in any field, plus at least one of the following superior academic achievement provisions:
1. A grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed
undergraduate courses, or courses completed in the last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or
2. A grade-point average (GPA) of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for the required courses in your major field of study, or required courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or
3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major completed in the last two years of  undergraduate study; or
4. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society, other than freshman honor societies.  Honor societies that have been approved are listed in the American College of Honor Societies.  Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).
 
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.
 
Note:  GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place.  For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.  If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.
 


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.

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:

  • Ability to communicate orally in order to present programs to the public and engage in museum visitors in discourse on cultural issues. 
  • Knowledge of Native American history in order to answer questions, work effectively with Indigenous people, and present Indigenous cultures and customs accurately to visitors. 
  • Knowledge of strategies used to engage young learners (up to age 12) and familiarity with educational methodologies for school-age children and children in early childhood.
  • Ability to design, develop, and implement program demonstrations and workshops for the public. 
  • Ability to coordinate and complete various technical and administrative assignments and projects simultaneously. 
  • Ability to conduct research.


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.
 
To preview questions please click here.


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 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dana Pinkney
Phone: 202-633-6309
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: pinkneyd@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:

14R-DP-299171-MPA-NMAI

Control Number:

360227300