Museum Curator (Art)

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.3


Duties
Summary
This announcement has an APPLICATION LIMIT of 150 applications. Therefore applicants should apply as soon as possible. If the 150 application limit is not met, the job announcement will close at 11:59 pm, on Friday, July 6, 2018. Applicants need to ensure they provide all supporting documentation at the time they apply to the vacancy announcement.

The National Gallery of Art serves the United States in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. The Division of Prints and Drawings (DCG) is responsible for the Gallery’s acquisition, care, study, and display of a world-class collection of works of art on paper, from medieval times to the present. The incumbent is an established scholar and recognized connoisseur and serves as Associate Curator in the department of Old Master Prints (DCPR). The incumbent has responsibilities for the permanent collection of European prints
and illustrated books before 1900: collection care and loan administration; participating in presentations in the East Building prints and drawings study room; pursuing and securing acquisitions by gift and purchase; carrying out scholarly research; interpretation; organizing exhibitions; publishing; and public service.

This position is also being advertised under job announcement NGA-18-81B to persons with federal competitive status or reinstatement eligibility, or who are eligible under the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) or other special hiring authorities, including Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority and Schedule A authority to hire individuals with severe disabilities. Persons wishing to be considered under both announcements must apply separately to each.

Responsibilities

The incumbent:
Develops concepts and themes for special exhibitions and installations of permanent collections.
Organizes or coordinates exhibitions on a regular basis; initiates, selects, negotiates loans, performs research, and writes catalogues and other publications for exhibitions.
Researches and selects relevant didactic photographic materials.
Researches, writes, or reviews accompanying scholarly texts.
Writes or consults on the preparation of brochures, leaflets, wall texts, essays, catalogue entries, films, web features, and other interpretive programs for collections and exhibitions.
Ensures the safety, physical organization, up-to-date documentation, and reliable access to the collection of European prints and illustrated books before 1900.
Advises on conservation treatment.
Collaborates with other division staff on housing.
Performs and/or delegates scholarly work to ensure proper identification and cataloguing of works of art.
Ensures timely and accurate maintenance of database entries.
Sets priorities for documenting the collection.
Evaluates loan requests from other institutions.
Initiates and/or oversees development of research and publishing projects.
Writes, lectures, and consults on scholarly matters.
Writes or reviews texts for the website, brochures, leaflets, and other Gallery publications or scholarly studies.
Researches, writes, or reviews scholarly texts related to collections, acquisitions, and loans.
Writes or consults on the preparation of brochures, leaflets, wall texts, essays, catalogue entries, films, web features, and other interpretive programs, and other Gallery publications or scholarly studies.
Responds, or directs staff to respond, to public, scholarly and other professional inquiries.
Attends professional meetings and lectures, participates in symposia.
Accepts or initiates opportunities to collaborate with Gallery colleagues and counterparts in other institutions.
Speaks to visiting groups and the press.
Expands and deepens the Gallery's collections through the acquisition of works of art of the highest quality and relevance.
Closely follows the art market, maintains cooperative contacts with dealers, and cultivates close relationships with collectors, and ensures that subordinate curators do the same.
In consultation with the Senior curator, proposes discretionary purchases to the Director and Chief Curator, and major purchases in writing to the Board.
Attracts single objects and collections as gifts, as well as funds for acquisitions, from private sources.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel 25% or less

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens and Nationals
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
1015 Museum Curator

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, the incumbent may frequently walks to other offices in the East and West Buildings.

Requires advanced reading knowledge of at least two of the following three languages: French, German, and Italian. Requires occasional weekend work.

The National Gallery of Art provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Qualifications
Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

Candidates must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent in responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, developing pre-1900 European print and drawing collections. An equivalent combination of education and experience is fully qualifying and meets the minimum qualification requirements.

Other Relevant Eligibility Criteria : Must be available for periodic weekend duty. Must be available for U.S. and European travel, up to seven (7) days per trip. Must have advanced reading ability in at least two of the following languages: German; French; and Italian.

C andidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience. If their résumés do not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Candidates should ensure their résumé and submitted materials clearly demonstrate possession of these factors to receive maximum employment consideration.

Skill in organizing exhibitions, from small focus projects to major international loan shows.

Knowledge of prints and drawings collection care and management.

Ability to write and develop interpretative art programs for all audience levels.

Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others.

Knowledge of the field and art market, including sources, values and acute discrimination about individual works of art (connoisseurship).

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education
This position has a positive education requirement. You may submit copies of your transcripts or a course listing. You must provide documentation supporting your education claims.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website .

Additional information
The National Gallery of Art fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • AN EXTERNAL SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST BE FINGERPRINTED AND RECEIVE A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, RESULTING IN A SATISFACTORY SUITABILITY DETERMINATION BEFORE BEING HIRED FOR THIS POSITION.
  • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information

Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified".

Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

Best Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.

Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position.

Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method 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 pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit.

Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.
Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
It is important that your resume is complete and thorough. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).

To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!
Full position title;
appointment type;
occupational series;
pay plan, grade, and step;
tenure code; and
service computation date (SCD).
Displaced Federal employees: To be considered CTAP/ICTAP eligible, you must submit documentation verifying your involuntary separation and CTAP/ICTAP status. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

Veterans: Veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency which will allow you to apply under the (Veterans Opportunity to Work) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 .

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits is required.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found " not qualified ".

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.