About the Agency
This position is located in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history, to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.
This position serves as Museum Specialist in the Office of Curatorial Affairs within the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Duties include:
- supporting the collection acquisitions process by preparing templates for acquisitions reports, researching some potential acquisitions, communicating with vendors and donors, processing proposed acquisitions paperwork, and monitoring phases of payment processing;
- managing and tracking offers of collections items;
- conducting research on topics, themes, and objects within the Smithsonian, outside museums, universities, libraries, and other cultural and educational organizations;
- working with the registrar’s office to coordinate shipment of potential acquisitions for physical review;
- providing support to prepare procurement actions (purchase orders, requisitions, contracts, purchase cards, petty cash vouchers, and stipend awards) and managing travel for invitational travelers; and
- assisting with collection-related meetings, including the Collections Committee, to schedule meetings, set agendas and reserve meeting rooms.