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Job Title:  Museum Curator
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14A-MR-299758-DEU-NMAH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,621.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 22, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
FEW vacancies - Washington DC, DC   View Map
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 may also apply to Job Announcement #14A-MR-299758-MPA-NMAH.

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About the Agency

This position is located in the Division of Home and Community Life within the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The employee serves as Museum Curator (Home and Community Life) and is responsible for carrying out the research, collections development and management, exhibitions development, public service and education and outreach ensuring to meet the mission of the museum.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be 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.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Submit a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) unofficial transcripts.
  • Submit a writing sample of no more than 12 pages.


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  • Researches American history through objects and collections as well as traditional primary and secondary written and printed sources of documentation in areas that stretch from the colonial era to present.
  • Operates independently to collect and manage large and diverse collections that provide the basis for interpreting American textile history in the context of the American experience.
  • Plans and develops exhibition concepts for showcase and similar exhibitions or as part of a larger exhibition team.
  • Develops and maintains scholarly contacts, lectures at professional meetings, and develops and participates in public and other educational programs.


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Basic Requirement:

1. Degree in museum work or American History; or in an applicable subject-matter field related to the position. OR

2. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR

3. 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 in #1above.

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, You Qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as researching, collecting, and exhibiting American material culture and related items in historical context. This experience is demonstrated through a range of research products such as scholarly articles, teaching, lectures, oral histories, archival holdings, museum collections, exhibitions, and/or public programming. Education cannot be substituted for the required specialized experience.

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.

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.

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

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS: Applicants who are referred to the selecting official may be required to make a presentation.


SELECTIVE FACTOR: (Applicants must meet all the mandatory requirements in order to be considered qualified to compete for a position).

Skill in researching about American textile history as interpreted through material culture.

Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

  1. Skill in researching about American textile history as interpreted through material culture.
  2. Skill, as demonstrated through experience, in interpreting, developing and managing museum collections.
  3. Skill, as demonstrated through experience, in developing museum exhibitions and exhibition-related public programs.
  4. Ability to communicate in writing to scholarly and lay audiences.
  5. Ability to communicate orally with scholarly and lay audiences.
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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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 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.
  • 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.
  • Submit a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and unofficial college.
  • Submit a writing sample of no more than 12 pages.


Madalyn Robinson
Phone: 202-633-6339
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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