Thursday, November 12, 2015

Position Announcement: Supervisory Museum Specialist (Collections Management), Natioanl Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD

Job Title: Supervisory Museum Specialist (Collections Management)
Agency: Smithsonian Institution 

Salary Range: $90,823.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year
Open Period: Friday, November 6, 2015 to Friday, November 27, 2015
Position Information: Full-Time, Permanent, Federal
Location: Suitland, MD 
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #16R-JC-301003-MPA-NMAI.

Job Summary:
This position is located in the Collections, Museum Assets and Operations Division; Cultural Resources Center (CRC), National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution. The employee directs and oversees all aspects of storage, access, care, preservation, use, disaster management planning, and registration activities for NMAI’s collection in all three NMAI facilities including NMAI-DC, NMAI-NY, and NMAI CRC.
Key Requirements: 
-Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
-May need to complete a Probationary Period
-Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
-Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

-Responsible for the overall safe and proper storage, housing, handling, moving, packing, shipping and integrated pest management of NMAI’s collections at its three facilities, as well as overseeing collections management’s participation in the installation and deinstallation of museum exhibits.
-Applies knowledge of the principles, practices, and theories pertinent to museum work such as ethical, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities, federal repatriation legislation and related NMAI legislation to ensure that collections are properly managed.
-Oversees collections movement within and outside of NMAI facilities by ensuring staff adherence to policies, procedures and protocols for object packing and object movement through use of equipment such as SI vehicles, lifts or carts and the tracking of the movement using NMAI’s barcode scanning technology.
-Works with Native peoples from throughout the Western Hemisphere and prioritizes collections access for Native peoples whose collections NMAI stewards. This requires experience working with Native peoples whether through the incumbent’s former work experience or research/fieldwork with a focus on ethnographic, archeological and contemporary Native art and repatriation issues.
-Represents the Museum to representatives of the Native American community, tribal officials, other museums and galleries, national and international governments, private foundations or cultural institutions, scholars of all disciplines. Contacts with the White House and Congressional Staff are not unusual for the purpose of affording access to the collections and explaining the needs of stewardship for nation’s collections.
-Supervises two subordinate supervisors and several non-supervisory positions. Performs such tasks as developing and implementing yearly performance plans and completing performance evaluations for direct reports, serving as a reviewing official for plans and appraisals for staff reporting to subordinate supervisors, and working with NMAI HR staff to develop recruitment materials to fill departmental vacancies as they develop.

More information here.

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