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    This position is located in The Smithsonian American Art Museum, (SAAM). This position, located in the Curatorial Office, implements, coordinates, and oversees administrative operations related to acquisitions and the larger museum art collections.

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    • Oversees organization and maintenance of all curatorial files and records, both paper and digital, pertaining to the permanent collection, including object, pending acquisitions, promised gift and bequest documentation, deaccessioning, collectors and works-on-the-market files.
    • Manages and executes arrangements for proposed acquisitions including initiating and planning curatorial review meetings, monitoring the progress of the review process, preparing documentation required by acquisition procedures, and coordinating with other departments and Chief Curator and Deputy Chief Curator.
    • Provides Chief Curator and Deputy Chief Curator with background research on proposed acquisitions such as auction records and artists’ biographies.
    • Assembles research information about works in permanent collection. Conducts basic research to determine vital statistics on artists and objects like life dates and dates of execution for full and complete records of collection objects. 
    • Prioritizes, coordinates, and prepares requests for conservation, matting, framing, pedestals and photography pertaining to new acquisitions, ongoing maintenance of the collection, loan requests, replacement of works in permanent collection galleries, exhibitions and major and minor gallery installations. 
    • Serves as Department’s liaison in intra-museum discussions about database-related collections management and manages and coordinates curatorial aspects of open-source access, digital humanities initiatives, and other innovative technologies associated with expanding access to the museum’s collections.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/602842700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.