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"21R-TL-306351-DEU-NMAI" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Exhibits Manager
Open Period:
06/28/2021 - 07/11/2021


GS - 1001 12
USD $87,198 - USD $113,362
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Promotion Potential Explanation:
This position is at the full performance level.
Duty Location(s):
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Tiffany Lowery


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to U.S. Citizens, nationals, or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.. Also advertised as 21R-TL-306351-MPA-NMAI for current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility or individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority. To be considered for each vacancy, apply to BOTH jobs.

More than one selection may be made from this job opportunity announcement.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce.  Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


The Smithsonian Institution (SI) is a diverse museum and research complex dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge. The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere, past, present, and future.

Incumbent facilitates, coordinates, and mediates the work of an exhibition team to effectively communicate ideas and cultural content

This position is INSIDE bargaining unit.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


  • Works with cross-functional teams to ensure that exhibitions reflect the philosophy and mission of NMAI, and that information is organized so that exhibition content is thematically and visually coherent as well as easily understood by, and accessible to, a broad range of audiences.

  • Develops and manages the exhibition production and installation process, including approaches, schedules, and cost estimates for major exhibits, so that exhibitions meet NMAI, SI, and museum industry standards.

  • Works with museum management and cross-functional teams to see that the following project elements are defined and maintained: scope, schedule, budget, goals, educational objectives, roles, responsibilities, and ground rules for operations and decision-making.

  • Serves as the central point of contact for all phases of project planning and implementation, including preparation of documentation for review by senior management.

  • Regularly communicates project status to team members and senior managers.

  • Ensures that exhibitions clearly and accurately reflect the philosophy and mission of the NMAI.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

Education Requirements:

Education can not be used as a substitution for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.


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:

  • Knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, and practices of museum exhibition functions, operations, and programs.

  • Knowledge of all components of exhibit project development and production necessary to assure the quality of presentation, including research, design, construction, fabrication, evaluation, conservation, registration, media, interactives, object list preparation, security, accessibility, and public relations.

  • Knowledge of project management systems, methods, and techniques in order to plan, manage, and implement assigned projects to include developing project goals, schedules, milestones, budgets, and spending plans.

  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively through written materials.

  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively through verbal presentations.

  • Knowledge of Native American tribal history, customs and culture in order to provide substantive support for exhibits.

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:

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.


Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, are not required to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

For this position at the GS-12 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service or equivalent.

For this position, specialized experience is defined as: experience using Native knowledge as a primary resource to manage, plan, and develop museum exhibitions from the conceptual phase through design, production, and installation, ensuring that projects are brought to completion within scope, schedule, and budget.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience.  Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the average number of hours per week spent in such employment on your online resume.

Note:  Your specialized experience must have been in a position(s) equivalent to duties for the occupation at the next lower grade level for the position being filled as defined by applicable Federal standards. 

Benefits and Other Info

Agency 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 for a complete description.

Other Information:

Flexible Spending Accounts -
Health Insurance -
Leave -
Life Insurance -
Long Term Care Insurance -
Retirement Program -

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page.

Please Note:

  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).

  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

Required Documents:

Your application package should include the following documents:

  • Detailed resume that includes dates and hours worked.

  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action

  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify.  If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.

  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

  • A recent performance evaluation

  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA

  • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration

  • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order

  • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here.


Next Steps:

You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received.  Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your "junk" or "bulk" mail folder depending on your filters.

The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job.  Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks.  We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process.  You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

Additional Information:

  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at

  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.

  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (