This position is located in the Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The incumbent serves as Museum Technician, assisst in variety of programmatic tasks related to specific projects such as exhibition and public program projects related to Asian Pacific American history.
Conducts research under the general direction of the Curators of Asian Pacific American History on topics, themes, objects, consultants, and speakers that will be addressed or used in the exhibitions/public programs or print or online publications.
Identifies graphics (photographs, illustrations, paintings, engravings, maps, news articles, etc.) to support and illustrate the theme, topic or program issues and highlights.
Produces draft label text, publicity materials, graphics captions, program notes, and other limited parts of exhibit or program script, or print or online publications.
Assists in the management of Asian Pacific American collections at NMAH, including moving and handling objects, documenting collections data, and working with curators to identify relevant materials in the museum’s collection and supporting efforts to acquire objects.
Gathers and maintains a variety of information (scripts, notes, notebooks, graphics, and archival materials) for project files and/or specific components in project development, updating as necessary under general direction of the Curators of Asian Pacific American History.
Supports Curators of Asian Pacific American History to develop contacts, projects, and partnerships across the Smithsonian and with community groups, museums or cultural organizations beyond the Smithsonian.
Job family (Series)
1016 Museum Specialist And Technician
Conditions of Employment
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
May need to complete a Probationary Period.
Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience defined as 1) providing collections management support for an Asian Pacific American collection in a historical museum or cultural setting; 2) conducting research in support of historical museum’s collections, exhibitions, or other museum related projects; 3) providing programmatic and administrative support for project activities.
Or Education Grade 7: One full academic year of graduate level education related to the position or Superior Academic Achievement may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.
Or a Combination of Education and Experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
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.
See above in Qualification section.
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Retirement Program - https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
All applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will receive a final rating within one of three category groups based on one or more stages of evaluation which measure job-related criteria:
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
Knowledge of research methods to search archives, libraries, photo files, and other primary and secondary sources of information to produce research reports, notes, graphics, and databases for scholarly or museum projects.
Skill in written communication to produce research reports, exhibit text, program notes and other written materials.
Knowledge of museum collections management practices, methods sufficient to document, track, handle, organize objects and object files to support exhibitions, public programs or other museum projects.
Knowledge of American History to contextualize, determine relevance, and usefulness of materials.
Skill in verbal communication sufficient enough to conduct research and develop partnerships.
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.
The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
Your application package should include the following documents:
Resume - Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.
USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel, or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
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.
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.
The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.
Please see Benefits at https://www.si.edu/OHR/benefits for a complete description.
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.
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
More than one selection may be made from this announcement.