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Grade: 12

1 Choose the statement that best describes your experience as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 year experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression related to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects.
  • I do NOT have at least 1 year of full-time specialized experience as described above.

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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)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Job fair or informational session
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Community or professional organization
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
2 Do you have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position or that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. For this position, specialized experience is defined as overseeing staff, interns, volunteers, and contractors; handling aeronautical and space artifacts such as: aircraft, aircraft engines, satellites, spacecraft, missiles, space suits, uniforms, guns, and cannons; packing, moving, and storing of aforementioned types of artifacts; utilizing equipment such as forklifts, gantries, pallet jacks, dollies, and vehicles; and disassembling, assembling, loading, unloading, securing, crating, cradling, or creating containers/mounts for artifacts. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Please select any duties you have held relating to personnel supervision. Answer to this question is required
  • Recruiting new employees
  • Interviewing and/or selecting new employees
  • Training employees
  • Supervising and/or managing employees
  • Evaluating the performance of employees
  • Making promotion decisions about employees
  • I have not had any personnel supervision experience
4 What types of personnel do you have experience supervising? Answer to this question is required
  • Full-time personnel
  • Part-time personnel
  • Interns
  • Volunteers
  • Government employees
  • Private-sector employees
  • Students and research assistants
  • Other personnel
  • I do not have any experience with personnel supervising.
5 Which of the following statements describe your ability to lead and/or supervise? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided guidance to subordinate employees.
  • I have provided supervision to subordinate employees.
  • I have reviewed subordinate`s work.
  • I have established deadlines for subordinate employees.
  • I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates.
  • I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of the employees.
  • I have evaluated performance of subordinates.
  • I have identified developmental and training needs of employees.
  • I have motivated subordinates.
  • I have ensured staff are appropriately used, developed and treated in a fair and equitable manner.
  • I have provided recognition and reward for effective or outstanding performance.
  • I have resolved complaints from employees.
  • I have not done any of the above tasks.
6 Which of the following supervisory duties do you perform on the following regular basis? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Scheduling/time & attendance
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Work task assignments
  • Performance plans & appraisals
  • Mentoring & coaching
  • None of the above
7 Which of the following best reflects your ability to analyze complex issues and identify appropriate solutions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions under close supervision.
  • I have assisted others in the analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • I have participated on a team that analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have independently analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have led others charged with analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • None of the above.
8 Which of the following best describes your work experience in a team environment? Answer to this question is required
  • I regularly work in team settings and frequently lead teams in work-related projects
  • I occasionally work in team environments and have led teams in work-related projects.
  • I have worked effectively as part of a team in meeting common team goals.
  • None of the above
9 On how many projects have you been a team leader? Answer to this question is required
  • 1 to 2 times
  • 3 to 5 times
  • 6 or more times
  • I have not led a team
10 Indicate all of the following computer software applications that you have used as part of your job (check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Word Processing software (e.g., Word, WordPerfect)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software (e.g., Arcview)
  • Spreadsheet software (e.g., Excel, Quattro Pro)
  • Database management software (e.g., MS SQL Server, MS Access, Paradox, dBase)
  • Digital imaging software (e.g., Photoshop)
  • Museum Collections information systems (e.g., Argus, EMu, TMS)
  • Presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint)
  • Web authoring software (e.g., FrontPage, Macromedia)
  • Statistical software (e.g., SAS, Systat, R, Statmost)
  • I do not have experience with any common office software applications
11 Do you have experience using TMS (The Museum System) to create object packages and update object location records? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 Which of the following best describes your background to apply collection management principles, concepts and methodology? Answer to this question is required
  • I possess a graduate degree in Museum Studies
  • I possess an undergraduate degree in Museum Studies
  • I have completed coursework in Museum Studies, but do not have a degree in Museum Studies
  • I have experience which demonstrates I have been responsible for applying collection management principles, concepts ands methodology to artifacts and/or specimens
  • None of the above
13 Indicate which of the following types of hazardous materials you have had experience in handling. Answer to this question is required
  • Asbestos/carcinogenic materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Flammable chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Biohazards
  • Heavy metals including arsenic, lead, mercury
14 Which of the following types of work that you have performed in a museum environment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Providing assistance to a senior museum specialist
  • Serving as lead specialist on a museum related project
  • Supervising packaging, handling, and shipping from storage areas
  • Supervising the handling of transfer items
  • Overseeing the storage and inventory of museum items
  • Reviewing and updating museum collections records
15 I have applied experience in a museum or related setting handling the following types of museum specimens, artifacts, and/or collections Answer to this question is required
  • Paintings (water color, oil, acrylic)
  • Modern Aircraft
  • Mixed media art objects
  • Piston engines
  • Spacecraft
  • Rocket/missiles
  • Large Sculpture
  • Ultra-light aircraft
  • Gliders
  • Jet Engines
  • Fabric covered aircraft
  • Other types of technical or industrial museum collections (i.e. automotive, marine, manufacturing)
  • None of the above
16 Which of the following describes your experience serving as a senior specialist on functions related to museum collections? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as a senior specialist using collections information systems such as KE EMu or TMS.
  • I have served as a senior specialist dealing with environmental monitoring systems.
  • I have served as a senior specialist dealing with integrated pest management.
  • I have served as a senior specialist dealing with security for collections storage and exhibits.
  • I have served as a senior specialist dealing with installation and de-installation of museum exhibits.
  • I have served as a senior specialist dealing with registration processes and procedures.
  • I have served as a senior specialist dealing with the provision of access to and the support of researchers and other users of collections.
  • None of the above.
17 Do you possess specific knowledge of the rules, permits, and other regulations required to legally transport and acquire various types of museum collection objects? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
18 I have the following types of experience working with museum objects. Answer to this question is required
  • Cleaning
  • Housing
  • Storing
  • I have no experience working with museum objects
19 Identify the following functions that you have performed on a regular and recurring basis. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Managing advertising the sale of collections
  • Overseeing the packing and shipping of collections
  • Arranging for transfer of collections
  • Identifying requirements for disposal of collections
  • Documenting the disposal of collection
  • Inspecting locations for the security of loaned items
20 Do you have experience performing the following duties: collections management including object care, handling, exhibition development and installation, object movement and tracking, packing, shipping and storage; and inventory management, or other experience related to the position to be filled? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
21 Which of the following types of material handling equipment have you used to move museum collections or artifacts? Answer to this question is required
  • Fork lifts
  • Dollies
  • Flat bed carts
  • Gantries
  • Cranes
  • Personnel lifts
  • Platform lifts
  • Other material handling equipment
  • I have no experience operating material handling equipment to move museum collections or artifacts