Job Overview



In this position, you will serve under the general supervision of the museum curator as the Registrar of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library with the responsibility for the management, and maintenance of the library's museum collections.

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Who May Apply : Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities such as the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), Disabilities Program, etc.

NOTE:  This position is being advertised concurrently under Delegating Examining Unit procedures.  If you wish to be considered under competitive procedures, or if you do not meet the area of consideration for this announcement, you must apply to Job Announcement number JD1784988SWD.   Open: 08/25/2016  Close: 09/09/2016


As a Museum Specialist (History), typical work assignments include:  

Ensures that proper procedures are followed with regard to the care, registration, and documentation of the collections. Oversees accessioning and cataloging of the museum collections, maintaining collections inventories and file systems. Oversees maintenance and arrangement of all museum objects in storage areas. Maintains and utilizes collections database, using TMS. Creates and updates registration manual and collections management policies based on NARA policies and professionally accepted museum standards, and implements these guidelines into the daily operation of the museum. Manages proper conservation, preservation, and restoration of the collections. Ensures the placement of objects in exhibits and storage areas is consistent with conservation and security measures to prevent damage, theft, or loss. Performs required inventories of the museum collections. Oversees the work of other staff members, interns and volunteers assigned to perform routine cataloging and collections management projects. Assists museum curator in collecting artifacts that further support the documentation of the life of Bill Clinton, particularly his service as President of the United States.
Works closely with museum curator, other presidential libraries, and museums and private collectors from around the world to coordinate the museum's incoming and outgoing loan program primarily for exhibition purposes. Represents the museum curator and director in negotiating outgoing loans (often of some of the museum's most valuable objects) to outside organizations. Assists museum curator with incoming loans from other museums or private collectors.
Assists the curator and other staff with the selection of objects from within the collection and from outside collectors, advises on conservation and issues relating to the construction, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of museum exhibits.
Responds to public inquiries concerning the collections. Responds to inquiries from the Clinton Foundation regarding the collections, including new donations and loans. Escorts special groups through the collections and/or exhibitions, providing knowledgeable technical or general information about the collections. Assists museum curator in the performance of research related to the museum's collections using museum records and published and unpublished sources to complete cataloging or to establish provenance of objects. Implements procedures and participates in strategies that accomplishes the priority of providing excellent public service through access to the museum collections.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 5%

Relocation Authorized

  • No