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    The incumbent provides executive leadership and direction to the Director & Executive Team in managing a wide portfolio of programs and activities spanning the Museum’s scientific, public and operational programs. Inherent in this responsibility is leading the management of the research departments, collections programs, exhibits, education, outreach and visitor experience, finances, operations, facilities, specialized laboratories, field stations, and other similar programs and partnerships.

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    Participates with the Director, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), to provide executive leadership and direction for overall planning, development and management of museum programs and activities.  Participates or leads the formulation of long and short-range goals and objectives and issues policy guidelines. Ensures that policies are carried out effectively. Monitors strategic goals to ensure that the museum is operating at optimum performance levels. Integrates scientific and outreach leadership to enable the Museum strategic plan along with individual departmental plans and objectives.

    Directly supervises Executive Team members with the exception of the Chief Development Officer, the Assistant Directors of Science and the Assistant Director for Communications. Executes performance management of subordinates for both individual and organizational performance.  Sets and communicates goals and expectations. Reviews and approves recommendations for personnel actions affecting subordinates. Assures that subordinate supervisors effectively carry out their performance management responsibilities.

    Directs and coordinates the activities of subordinate offices and assists the Director in developing and implementing financial planning and budgets, operating policy, standards and procedures. Develops and monitors budgets and policies to achieve management objectives in areas such as strategic workforce management, diversity and equal employment opportunity.

    Together with the Director, helps to coordinate the activities of the NMNH Advisory Board, working closely with the Board, Executive Committee and various other committees to develop museum priorities. Represents the Director as needed and interacts with Board members on a wide variety of issues. 

    Supports the fund raising and related activities of the museum, to include programs for constituency-building, marketing, campaign-planning and NMNH Advisory Board development in order to increase support and visibility for the Museum. The Chief Development Officer, while continuing to report to the Director, will work closely with the Deputy, who will act as Director on fundraising and stewardship of donors when the Director is unavailable.

    Represents the Director, as required, at a wide variety of Smithsonian policy meetings and conferences, including Congressional hearings.  Exercises delegated authority to commit Museum resources or make decisions affecting Museum Programs.

    Consults, collaborates with, and advises other Federal agencies, State, regional, and local government agencies, private associations and institutions, and representatives of foreign museums -- on the establishment and management of museums and related cultural and educational institutions.

    Explores and develops joint programs in cooperation with universities, federal agencies and other SI museums and research facilities.  Reviews and recommends appropriate action on applications or proposals for Federal or non-federal grants or contracts to finance research, acquisition or exhibition projects.

    Serves as Acting Director of NMNH in the Director's absence, with full authority and responsibility for overall management of the Museum.

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    1015 Museum Curator

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