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    The incumbent of this position serves as Curator and Head of the Department of Old Master Prints, reporting to the Senior Curator of the Prints and Drawings division. The incumbent is an established scholar and recognized connoisseur and is responsible for the permanent collection of European prints and illustrated books before 1900; collection care and loan administration; supervising the East Building prints and drawings study room; pursuing and securing acquisitions by gift and purchase; carrying out scholarly research; interpretation; organizing exhibitions; publishing; departmental administration and supervision; and public service.

    This position is also being advertised under job announcement NGA-17-102A to all U.S. citizens and nationals under competitive examining procedures. Persons wishing to be considered under both announcements must apply separately to each.

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    The incumbent:

    Expands and deepens the Gallery’s collections through the acquisition of works of art of the highest quality and relevance. Closely follows the art market, maintains cooperative contacts with dealers, and cultivates close relationships with collectors, and ensures that subordinate curators do the same. In consultation with the Senior curator, proposes discretionary purchases to the Director and Chief Curator, and major purchases in writing to the Board. Attracts single objects and collections as gifts, as well as funds for acquisitions, from private sources.

    Ensures the safety, physical organization, up-to-date documentation, and reliable access to the collection of European prints and illustrated books before 1900. Advises on conservation treatment. Collaborates with other division staff on housing. Performs and/or delegates scholarly work to ensure proper identification and cataloguing of works of art. Ensures timely and accurate maintenance of database entries. Sets priorities for documenting the collection. Evaluates loan requests from other institutions.

    Develops concepts and themes for special exhibitions and installations of permanent collections. Organizes or coordinates exhibitions on a regular basis; initiates, selects, negotiates loans, performs research, and writes catalogues and other publications for exhibitions. Researches and selects relevant didactic photographic materials. Researches, writes, or reviews accompanying scholarly texts. Writes or consults on the preparation of brochures, leaflets, wall texts, essays, catalogue entries, films, web features, and other interpretive programs for collections and exhibitions.

    Initiates and/or oversees development of research and publishing projects. Writes, lectures, and consults on scholarly matters. Writes or reviews texts for the website, brochures, leaflets, and other Gallery publications or scholarly studies. Researches, writes, or reviews scholarly texts related to collections, acquisitions, and loans. Writes or consults on the preparation of brochures, leaflets, wall texts, essays, catalogue entries, films, web features, and other interpretive programs, and other Gallery publications or scholarly studies.

    Is responsible for formulating and implementing the department’s strategic plan for acquisitions, research, exhibitions, and other programs, in consultation with the Senior Curator. Manages the financial and personnel resources of the department, including acquisition funds, travel budgets, exhibition grants, and exhibition budgets. Schedules and coordinates the in-house activities of the department. Supervises associate and assistant curators as well as fellows in the department. Assigns routine and special projects, provides direction, monitors progress, and evaluates results. Writes job descriptions, performance plans, and award recommendations; conducts informal and formal performance appraisals annually. Hires new subordinate staff as vacancies occur.

    Responds to, or directs staff to respond to, public, scholarly and other professional inquiries. Attends professional meetings and lectures, participates in symposia. Accepts or initiates opportunities to collaborate with Gallery colleagues and counterparts in other institutions. Speaks to visiting groups and the press.

    Must be available for periodic weekend duty.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Must be available for U.S. and European travel, up to 7 days per trip (10% of time).

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    • Current Federal employee with competitive status
    • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
    • CTAP/ICTAP eligibles
    • Veterans with VEOA or VRA eligibility
    • Persons eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or special appointing authority (e.g., Schedule A – Disabled)

    Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478926000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.