Head Curator

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2021-10-11
  • Organization: Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)
  • Organization Type: Museum/Gallery/Exhibition Space
  • Location: Washington, DC (NOT MD) , MD
  • Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link

Supervisory Museum Curator (Art)
Smithsonian Institution
Link to posting and to apply via the USAjobs.gov: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/612463200

Accepting applications
Open & closing dates: 08/27/2021 to 10/11/2021
This job will close when we have received 150 applications which may be sooner than the closing date.
Service: Competitive
Pay scale & grade: GS 15
Salary: $144,128 to $172,500 per year
Appointment type: Permanent – Federal
Work schedule: Full-time – Full-Time, Permanent

District of Columbia, DC – FEW vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed: No
Telework eligible: Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to:
The public
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: This vacancy is open to the public under Job Announcement # 21R-ML-306626-MPA-SAAM. More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Announcement number
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The Smithsonian Institution (SI) is a diverse museum and research complex dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge. SAAM’s collection of more than 45,000 works represents 250 years of American art and serves as the basis for an active schedule of exhibitions, research, collections development and public education through a variety of programs. As Chief Curator, the incumbent is responsible for the operation and development of one of the museum’s most important functions.

As Supervisory Museum Curator (Art) with Smithsonian, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
• This position is responsible for the management of the curatorial function and, as a recognized
scholar in the field of American art, is expected to lead by example in performance of personal research, collections management and public service.
• Serves as part of senior management team advising director and deputy director on museum policy and priorities.
• The incumbent oversees the establishment of goals, articulation of priorities, development of schedules and checklists and the assignment of tasks.
• As an authority in American art, the incumbent is expected to perform advanced scholarly research of a high order, making important contributions to the field including being knowledgeable about current methodological and critical challenges to scholarship and to conduct scholarly research of a high order, making important contributions to the field.
• Regularly evaluates performance, conducts formal and informal evaluations of all staff, assesses training needs and makes recommendations for further staff development.
• The incumbent’s stature in the field requires lecturing, serves as a juror and performing similar public service tasks.
• The incumbent maintains contact with artists, scholars, galleries and collectors and, using a broad knowledge of American art, explores the feasibility of acquiring additions to the collection by gift and purchase, acting in concert with the Director to acquire those objects.
• Oversees and develops annual personnel staffing plans, spending and training plans and works with staff in monitoring and developing individual performance plans.
• Prepares performance plans and special service awards, conducts performance appraisals and reviews positions’ duties.
• As an authority in American art, the incumbent is expected to perform advanced scholarly research of a high order, making important contributions to the field including being knowledgeable about current methodological and critical challenges to scholarship and to conduct scholarly research of a high order, making important contributions to the field.

Travel Required: Not required
Supervisory status: Yes
Promotion Potential: 15
Job family (Series): 1015 Museum Curator

Conditions Of Employment
• 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.
• May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for supervisors.
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.

You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:
Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.
Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown in A above.

In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have following:
Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the 14 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as managing the curatorial functions of an art museum; overseeing research, exhibitions, collections development and public service; formulating goals and priorities and ensuring they are achieved; evaluating staff performance; performing scholarly research; determining acquisitions and deaccessions; overseeing curators, guest curators, and others in developing and implementing museum exhibitions, publications, and related programs.

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.

NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information
Flexible Spending Accounts – https://www.fsafeds.com/
Health Insurance – http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
Leave – http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance – http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
Long Term Care Insurance – http://www.ltcfeds.com
Retirement Program – https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/

How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:
• Ability to manage and oversee the Curatorial Department of art museum (or similar cultural entity) including developing a long-term plan/vision that is tailored to meet current and future needs of the organization.
• Knowledge of American Art.
• Ability to supervise a museum (or similar cultural entity) based curatorial staff.
• Ability to communicate orally.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance: Other
Drug test required: No
Position sensitivity and risk: Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process: Credentialing

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