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    The Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the Smithsonian’s center for specialized technical collections research and conservation, where knowledge of materials and the history of technology are combined with state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and historical objects. 

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    With direction from the Under Secretary for Science and Research, the incumbent develops and implements MCI’s strategic plan for conservation and preservation research and education programs and resource acquisition. Provides leadership, vision, and direction in the development and conduct of conservation and preservation programs and projects.  Formulates overall MCI program goals and objectives, and develops short- and long-range plans to accomplish program objectives. Develops and implements an organizational vision consistent with the Secretary’s goals and strategies for the institution. Oversees and coordinates the research activities of the various units within MCI and for integrating them into the overall project objectives. Creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking, while maintaining focus, intensity and persistence.

    Reviews and approves proposals for new and expanded conservation and preservation programs and projects.  Provides leadership and guidance in modifying and/or improving the proposed projects. Monitors all aspects of research activities, and assesses research progress. Considers the advisability of modifications, expansion, reduction or adaptation to other internal programs and activities, and issues necessary directives to accomplish such actions.  Periodically reviews all research programs, with the advice of a Visiting Committee, to determine needs for continuation or complete elimination.

    Develops and approves operating policies and procedures.  Establishes performance standards for the staff and evaluates their accomplishments.  Makes major policy and program decisions including matters of funding, staffing (to ensure advanced knowledge and experience in several areas of physical and chemical science, conservation, education, etc), organization, and facilities/equipment requirements to maximize resources.  Develops and administers policies to achieve management objectives in such areas as equal employment opportunity and management-employee relations.  Develops budget requirements, estimates and justifications.  In consultation with the staff, originates and designs projects for expanding the scientific research activities of the center.  Implements an external development program and oversees an aggressive program of external grant and contract support.

    Promotes collaborative scientific and technical research aimed at improved care for Smithsonian and other collections.  Assists and supports the Smithsonian’s administration in the design and implementation of strategies that pursue excellence in collections management and dissemination of results.  Directs the treatment of artifacts from the collections of the Smithsonian, ranging from prehistoric to space-age in order to achieve results agreed with the curator responsible.

    Oversees the advisement of Smithsonian staff members, other museums and individual conservators, both in the U.S. and internationally, on research results and on appropriate methods of treatment for specific objects.  Builds national and international collaborations and partnerships.  Directs improved customer services, integrating the Center's work into the work of the Smithsonian museums.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/588908000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.