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Vacancy Details

Grade: 09

1 Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or education 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 have 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience or education described above.
2

Do you have experience in collections management principles, procedures, and methods used in the handling, storage, physical care, and preservation, including the attendant recordkeeping to ensure the safety and accessibility of original photographic collection objects, gained by working as a curatorial assistant, museum specialist, or collections specialist in a museum, archival collection or similar facility consisting primarily of photographs and works of art on paper?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3

Choose the one statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this position.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. For this position specialized experience is defined as assisting with the organization and maintenance of collections in a museum or cultural institution; maintaining catalog records including data entry; and providing administrative support.
  • I have qualifying education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience or education described above.
4 Have you worked within the last five years for the equivalent of one year (in a paid or volunteer capacity) managing collections in a museum or cultural institution? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Which of the following collection management tasks have you performed in a museum or cultural institution within the last five years? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have ordered record photography of art or artifacts
  • I have recorded and/or updated object locations in a collections management database
  • I have retrieved and returned art or artifacts to collection storage.
  • I have no work experience in this area.
6 Which of the following collection management software programs have you used? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Database management software (e.g. MS SQL Server, MS Access).
  • Museum Collections Information systems (e.g., Argus, TMS, Emu, DAMS, Mimsy XG, Filemaker Pro).
  • I have not used any of the above software programs.
7 Which of the following administrative, research, and management software programs have you used? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing software (e.g., MS Word, Word Perfect, Adobe PDF Pro).
  • Spreadsheet software (e.g., MS Excel).
  • Financial and Travel programs (e.g., ERP, Systems Award Management (SAM), Concur).
  • Imaging software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, MS Paint, Adobe Bridge).
  • Management software (e.g. PowerPoint, SharePoint).
  • I do not have experience in this area.
8 Which of the following practices have you performed within the last five years? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted with the reorganization and expansion of art or artifact storage.
  • I have independently reorganized and expanded art or artifact storage.
  • I have developed plans or systems for reorganizing and expanding art or artifact storage.
  • I do not have experience in this area.
9 Which of the following collections documentation practices or inventories involving art or artifacts have you performed within the last five years? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed art or artifact shelf surveys or inventories.
  • I have accurately recorded art or artifact information using automated systems.
  • I have assisted with the resolution of art or artifact inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records.
  • I have independently resolved art or artifact inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records.
  • I do not have experience in this area.
10 Which of the following describes your experience? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed one college level or graduate course in American history and/or one college level or graduate course in American Studies.
  • I have completed one college level or graduate course in art history.
  • I have completed one college level or graduate course in Collections Management.
  • I have completed one college level or graduate course in Museum Studies.
  • I have not had educational experience in these areas.
11 Which of the following reference tasks do you have experience performing? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted visiting researchers using collections.
  • I have processed requests for copies of materials from an archive or special collections setting.
  • I have responded to inquiries about specific objects and supplied information that was requested.
  • I have assessed the needs of researchers to identify and suggest pertinent materials within collections related to their research topic.
  • I have no experience with reference tasks in an archive or special collections setting.
12 Which of the following best describes your experience in communicating orally (Check all that apply)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have communicated orally with co-workers and contractors.
  • I have communicated orally with art or artifact vendors.
  • I have communicated orally with researchers and the general public.
  • I have communicated orally with artists.
  • None of the above.
13 Which of the following best describes your experience in communicating in writing? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have communicated in writing with co-workers and contractors.
  • I have communicated in writing with art or artifact vendors.
  • I have communicated in writing with researchers and the general public.
  • I have communicated in writing with artists.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

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