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  1. Overview
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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Museum Specialist (General)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:14A-MR-299154-MPA-NMAAHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,091.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

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

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1016-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Permanent - Federal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

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; or individuals eligible under various programs for Veterans.

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."

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.

DUTIES:

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  •  Provides information management support in relation to collections management. Such support will include creating and maintaining the computerized database of objects selected for specific exhibitions.

  • Works with exhibition team during object list development, assisting with research, access and handling.

  • Serves as the COTR (Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative) for collections related contracts that involve the handling, movement, storage, documentation and use of artifacts selected for display in NMAAHC Inaugural and pre-building exhibitions.

  • Assists with reviewing design drawings to assess risk for objects on display, and evaluating effective exhibition design for maintaining the objects’ cleanliness and safety.


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-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position Specialized experience is defined as documenting collections, assessing the proper display of collections within exhibitions, and creating and enhancing digital records for collections objects.  in addition, you will have experience serving as a COTR assisting with the coordination of work flow related to the integration of collections into design, collections record creation and maintenance, training of Museum Technicians, contractors, interns, and/or volunteers; providing transport and scheduling, installation and de-installation for exhibition, viewings, and research visit support.
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.  
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:


    1. Skill in using computerized collection information systems, computer and database programs such as FileMaker Pro, The Museum System (TMS), Excel, Word, etc. in order to create and maintain databases to document the collections, and produce standards-based digital photographs, and scans of collection objects.

    2. Skill in working with exhibition teams to ensure that the collections to be included in the exhibitions are aligned with exhibition scripts and curatorial needs, thoroughly documented, and that the objects will be optimally displayed based upon conservation requirements.

    3. Ability to plan, coordinate, direct, monitor, and approve the work of contractors working under collections related contracts that involve tasks related to the handling, packing, mounting, transport/shipping, unpacking, rehousing/mounting, conservation, photography, tracking and shelving/storage of objects/museum collections.

    4. Skill in reading design drawings to assess how display options impact object protection and preservation in order to ensure that best museum practices are employed to display, install, and mount objects.


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:

Madalyn Robinson
Phone: 202-633-6339
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: robinsonm@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:

14A-MR-299154-MPA-NMAAHC

Control Number:

360422200