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Vacancy Details

Grade: 12

1 Choose the answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.
  • I have appropriate combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major as shown 1. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • I have 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 1. above.
  • I do not have the basic experience for the position.
2 Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system?  For this position specialized experience is defined as conducting scholarly research and producing publications and/or exhibitions related to the history of slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction; participating in public service efforts; developing a collection of artifacts; serving as a subject matter expert on matters relating to the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction; and answering public inquiries and lecturing to professional associations, and other organizations. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous questions: i.e. agency/company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
3 Do you have experience conducting scholarly research on artifacts concerning the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction, including producing printed and/or online publications and/or exhibitions, participating in public service efforts, developing a collection of artifacts, serving as a consultant on professional matters, answering public inquiries, and lecturing to professional associations and other organizations? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4

Which of the following activities do you have experience conducting research related to the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction? (Check all that apply) 

Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched objects for documentation and cataloging.
  • I have researched and written object labels for exhibitions.
  • I have given lectures based on my own research.
  • I have researched topics and written exhibition labels.
  • I have published research articles.
  • I have interviewed numerous experts inside and outside an organization.
  • I have gathered information through online research.
  • None of the above.
5 Which best describes your ability to conduct historical research and identifying graphics for use in museum exhibitions or projects, using published and unpublished sources in and the material culture of American history? Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience conducting historical research using published and unpublished sources about the material culture of American history.
  • I have moderate experience conducting historical research using published and unpublished sources about the material culture of American history.
  • I have minimal experience conducting historical research using published and unpublished sources about the material culture of American history.
  • I have no experience conducting historical research using published and unpublished sources about the material culture of American history.
6 Which of the following represents your experience researching and writing about museum collections? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked independently to research and write about one or more collections.
  • I have worked as part of a team to research and write about one or more collections.
  • I have worked under supervision to research and write about one or more collections.
  • I have interviewed object donors and numerous experts inside and outside of an organization to gather information.
  • I have gathered information through online research.
  • None of the above.
7 Which of the following statements best describes your ability to communicate in writing? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have had experience writing complex reports, office-wide memoranda, and recommendations to a supervisor or higher management.
  • I have had experience writing drafts of office-wide reports. I have also made recommendations to supervisors, curators, or higher management.
  • I have prepared analytical summaries or justifications, investigative reports, and/or articles.
  • I have written clear and effective correspondence, reports, and other written materials for a specialized audience or for wide distribution.
  • I have experience writing simple reports or out-going correspondence.
  • I have not performed any of the tasks above.
8

Have you published at least one peer-reviewed article in a scholarly publication?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Choose the answer that best describes your education and/or experience in the identification and authentication of Latino, U.S. Afro-Latino, African American/Latino, Black, and Diasporic collection items. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience or education in identifying and authenticating collection items.
  • I have had education or training in identifying and authenticating collection items, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have identified and authenticated collection items on the job under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have identified and authenticated collection items as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised the identification and authentication of collection items and/or I have trained others in performance of this task, and/or I am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
10

Which of the following curatorial functions have you performed in the field of the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction? (Check all that apply)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted scholarly research on material culture of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction.
  • I have developed research on the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction relating to material culture collections, identified gaps, and recommended objects for acquisition.
  • I have served as a consultant in the curatorial field of the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction.
  • I have answered public inquiries on the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction relating to material culture.
  • I have lectured to professional audiences on the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction and material culture.
  • I have lectured to other audiences on African American and Diasporic history and material culture.
  • I have made recommendations on the significance of the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction in exhibitions or publications.
  • I have assisted with the planning and development of exhibitions or publications relating to the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction.
  • I have been the curator responsible for developing exhibitions or publications on the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction.
  • None of the above.
11 Which of the following describes the types of experience you have in supporting collection acquisitions and loan processes? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared acquisition justifications.
  • I have conducted research on potential acquisitions and/or loans.
  • I have conducted provenance research.
  • I have communicated with vendors (galleries, auction houses, dealers, artists, private sales representatives).
  • I have created and/or maintained curatorial, donor, vendor, and loan files.
  • I have processed acquisition paperwork.
  • None of the above.
12 Which of the following collections Management Functions do you have experience with? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Developed collections database.
  • Served as contact point with conservators, exhibition fabricators, and designers.
  • Coordinated shipping and movement of museum objects.
  • Developed collections installation plan for an exhibition.
  • None of the above.
13 Which of the following best describes your experience with museum collections documentation? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted in a physical inventory by matching records with items
  • I have independently matched records with items and have identified inconsistencies in the records
  • I have independently matched records with items, identified inconsistencies, and resolved those inconsistencies
  • I have managed or supervised others who matched records with items, identified inconsistencies, and resolved those inconsistencies
  • None of the above
14 Which of the following best represents your experience in developing museum exhibitions? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I worked independently to develop one or more exhibitions.
  • I worked as part of a team to develop one or more exhibitions.
  • I was assigned sections of one or more exhibitions to research and write.
  • I worked as a collections manager for one or more exhibitions.
  • I did graphics and/or photography research for an exhibition.
  • None of the above
15 Which of the following cultural history museum exhibition responsibilities do you have experience with? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have monitored exhibitions for appropriate physical conditions.
  • I have participated in exhibition planning.
  • I have selected objects.
  • I have installed exhibitions.
  • I have de-installed exhibitions.
  • I have prepared objects/collections for loans including condition reports, loan agreements, and transporting objects.
  • None of the above.
16

Which of the following best describes your experience developing and implementing outreach programs in the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have created, developed and organized outreach programs for African Americans relating to the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction.
  • I have worked as a member of a team that created, developed and organized outreach programs for the history of American slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction.
  • I have worked as a member of a team that created, developed and organized outreach programs.
  • I have created, developed and organized outreach programs.
  • I have no experience developing or implementing outreach programs.
17 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience making oral presentations Answer to this question is required
  • Coworkers/Peers
  • Grantees
  • Contractors
  • Senior level officials
  • Program officers
  • Attendees at conferences, workshops, meetings
  • Professionals within my organization
  • Professionals from outside my organization
  • Members of the public
  • Foreign visitors
  • Government officials
  • Congressional members or staff
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

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1 Select the response that best reflects how you learned about this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Individual referral (friend, relative, Smithsonian employee, school counselor, or other)
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  • Job fair or informational session
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  • Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other)
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  • Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search)
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  • Community or professional organization
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  • Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line)
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