This position is located in the Museum Collections and Operations, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The employee is a highly skilled expert in collections management procedures and protocols and is responsible for the physical care, accountability, processing, and packing of all collections (including loans) located at NMAI-DC.
-Responsible for the safety and maintenance of museum collections items and loans at NMAI-DC.
-Oversees the safe packing, transport, movement, and handling of objects in NMAI custody at NMAI-DC, displaying a knowledge of collections care practices that promote the merging of Native beliefs and protocols for collections care with museum standards of preservation and access.
-Directs staff, contractors, and other authorized individuals in safe handling of objects, the implementation of installation and deinstallation plans, and safe movement of objects. Oversees the work of staff, volunteers, and interns assigned to assist in NMAI-DC exhibits, and evaluates results of assigned tasks.
-Acts as the on-site Registrar serving as primary liaison for the Registration Office and outside lenders regarding materials on loan, the coordination of shipping arrangements, and maintenance of a complete and current inventory of collections in storage and on exhibit.
-Works in cooperation with a number of Smithsonian offices including the National Collections Office, the Office of Protection Services, the Risk Management Office, and several offices within the Smithsonian Facilities including the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability and the Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management. May serve on SI wide committees regarding collections management issues. -The incumbent 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 usually through specialized tours of NMAI-DC.
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.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.
Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as work in museum registration or museum collections management for the stewardship of museum collections by overseeing the safe packing, transport, movement and handling of museum objects; preparing condition reports for museum objects, and using automated museum information systems.
You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as serving as a specialist in museum registration or museum collections management for the stewardship of museum collections by overseeing the safe packing, transport, movement and handling of museum objects; preparing condition reports for museum objects, and using automated museum information systems.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.