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"NGA-18-132A" Vacancy Details

About

Announcement Number:
NGA-18-132A
Hiring Agency:
National Gallery of Art
Position Title:
Museum Curator (Art) (Associate Curator)
Open Period:
09/14/2018 - 10/12/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1015 11/12
Salary:
USD $68,036 - USD $106,012
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Staffing
202-842-6814
staffing@nga.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:
The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). Mellon was a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to Washington in 1921 to serve as secretary of the treasury. During his years of public service he came to believe that the United States should have a national art museum equal to those of other great nations.
Summary:

This position is located in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts (DCS), and is responsible for the Gallery's acquisition, care, study, and display of a world-class collection of European and American sculpture and decorative arts spanning antiquity through the early 1900s. The position is at the assistant or associate level.


 


 

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

25% or less.

Duties

The incumbent:


Performs advanced scholarly research on prospective acquisitions and on objects for examination in studies, scholarly journals, Gallery publications, lectures, symposia and colloquia, or exhibitions.  Works with members of DCS to ensure that objects entering the DCS collection are properly researched and catalogued, that already existing object records are updated as new information becomes available, and that artists’ biographies in the database are accurate and current.  Traces and documents provenances.


Keeps abreast of bibliography, exhibitions, collecting, publishing and other developments in the field of American and European sculpture and decorative arts.  Drafts or contributes research to acquisition proposals.  Researches provenance of proposed gifts and purchases including research on objects with potential World War II provenance issues; consults with outside experts as necessary.  Notifies management of results of potential acquisitions research and works to resolve issues and problems encountered. 


Supports the expansion and deepening of the Gallery’s collections through the acquisition of works of art of the highest quality and relevance to the Gallery’s collecting policies.  In consultation with the Head of Department, assists with development initiatives to build the DCS collection and support relationships with collectors, scholars, and art dealers in order to attract and secure single objects, collections, funds, or other types of gifts to the Gallery.


The incumbent assists with exhibitions or undertakes by assignment or on own initiative, in consultation with DCS colleagues, to propose, organize, and coordinate small scale exhibitions and installations of sculpture and decorative arts that draw from the Gallery’s holdings, as well as from other institutions and private collections.  Coordinates with the departments of Exhibitions, Conservation, Registrar and Design and Installation to meet exhibition production schedule deadlines and budget requirements.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

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.

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.


 

Key Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Education Requirements:
    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.
    Evaluations:
    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.


    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.


    GS-11: For this position, specialized experience is at least one year of experience, equivalent in responsibility to the GS-9 level in the Federal service, in one or more of the following capacities:



    • curating a collection of European or American sculpture or decorative arts;

    • serving as a curatorial fellow at a peer institution;

    • serving in a position at a peer institution that grants equivalent exposure to curatorial work.


    GS-12: For this position, specialized experience is at least one year of experience, equivalent in responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, in those same capacities.


    Other Relevant Eligibility Criteria: Requires weekend duty.  Requires 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; Italian; and Spanish.


    Candidates 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 art historical research and scholarship.


    Knowledge of sculpture and decorative arts.

    Ability to curate one of the main areas of the Permanent Collection.


    Knowledge of museum exhibition procedures and logistics.

    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.





    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Agency Benefits:

    The Gallery offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Information on Federal benefits is provided at: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp.  If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.

    Other Information:

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application, including all required supporting documentation (see "Required Documentation" section) no later than 11:59pm EST on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish and submit your application before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

    Steps to submit a complete application:


    1. You must have an active USAJOBS account and be logged in.

    2. You must have a completed resume associated with your USAJOBS account.

    3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click on the 'Apply Online' button to get started.

    4. You will be given the option to include your resume, documents, and demographic information from your USAJOBS profile. You will then be transferred to the National Gallery of Art's application tracking system. If you select documents from your USAJOBS account, you MUST complete the download process in a later step or your USAJOBS documentation WILL NOT be transferred! See Step 6.

    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.

    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 4), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure whether your documents went through, please contact the Agency Contact listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.

    7. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received!


    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your evaluation rating may be adjusted accordingly.




    Steps to modify or withdraw your application:



    1. Return to USAJOBS and log in to your account.

    2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.

    3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.

    4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Online" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you wish to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)

    5. You will be directed back to NGA's application tracking system where you can make changes, or you can click "Withdraw Application" to remove your application from being considered.


    NEED HELP?

    • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button), please contact the Agency Contact listed on this announcement during normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number.

    • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or contact USAJOBS HELP. Regretfully, NGA cannot resolve issues with your USAJOBS account. We regret that we are unable to support any issue with USAJOBS, as this service is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management exclusively.

    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the Agency Contact listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet. The complete package is due no later than 5:30 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement.


    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!
    1. Full position title;
    2. appointment type;
    3. occupational series;
    4. pay plan, grade, and step;
    5. tenure code; and
    6. 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.

    Next Steps:
    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.

    We expect to make a selection within 30 to 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.