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Grade: 12

1 Choose the one statement that best describes your experience as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 year of specialized experience at or at least equivalent to the Grade 11 level in the Federal service which is in or directly related to the work of this position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. This experience could have been obtained in the public, private, or non-profit sectors.
  • I do NOT have at least 1 full year of specialized experience as described above.
2 Do you have one year of specialized experience (Federal or other) at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job in a print journalism/news media outlet, public relations firm, and/or a museum or cultural organization setting?  This specialized experience is defined as researching, writing, editing, and proofreading a variety of print and electronic projects (newspapers, magazines, press releases, blogs, books, speeches, etc.) for the public; employing print production experience for publications projects, and ensuring that all projects conform to content development and educational standards. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please identify the position or positions on your resume that demonstrate this experience, and briefly state that experience. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
3 Which of the statements describes the editorial tasks that you have performed as a regular, and recurring part of your job? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have edited documents by multiple authors to ensure documents display consistency in format, design, style, and voice.
  • I have rewritten policy, documents and/or portions of documents.
  • I have reviewed, organized or restructured text within documents to increase comprehension of complex information.
  • I have conducted substantive editing of charts or graphs that may contain mathematical and/or statistical information within documents.
  • I have performed copy editing of documents to ensure proper grammatical construction, effective style and logical presentation.
  • I have formatted and edited documents
  • I have composed and/or rewritten draft material.
  • I have reviewed, organized, and restructured text within a document to provide clarity.
  • I have edited written material to ensure grammatical accuracy.
  • I have ensured the use of consistent terminology and writing style with a document
  • None of the above.
4 Which statement best describes your level of experience editing major publications, brochures, catalogues, and related materials for museums or cultural organizations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked as a lead editor responsible for major creative projects such as a major publication, brochures, catalogs, and related materials exhibition scripts for a museum or cultural organization.
  • I have worked under the supervision of a lead editor assisting the lead on major creative projects such as a major publication, brochures, catalogs, and related materials exhibition scripts for a museum or cultural organization.
  • I have experience editing major creative projects such as a major publication, brochures, catalogs, and related program materials, but not in a museum or cultural organization.
  • I do not have any experience editing major creative projects such as a major publication, brochures, catalogs, and related materials for a museum or cultural organization
5 Which of the following statements best describes your experience proofreading substantive content for museum publications including exhibition catalogs, in-house policy documents, scripts, and ephemera? Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked as the project editor responsible for an exhibition catalogue published or presented by a cultural, historical, educational, or arts organization.
  • I have worked under the supervision of a project editor to edit and proofread primary content for a creative project (such as a website, book, or piece of ephemera) published or presented by a cultural, historical, educational, or arts organization.
  • As a member of a project team I have copyedited and proofread substantive content published or presented by a cultural, historical, educational, or arts organization
  • I do not have experience proofreading content appropriate for publication.
6 Which of the following best describes your experience ensuring that there is a logical arrangement to the information presented in exhibition scripts, manuscripts, publication and other documents? Answer to this question is required
  • I am an expert in performing this task. I have independently provided editorial comments relating to the arrangement of information for major creative projects such as exhibition scripts for a museum or cultural organization.
  • I have worked under the supervision of a lead editor/writer to provide editorial comments relating to the arrangement of information for major creative projects such as exhibition scripts for a museum or cultural organization.
  • I have provided editorial input relating to the arrangement information, but not in a museum or cultural organization
  • I do not have experience researching to clarify and support editorial comments for a major creative projects,
7 Which of the following types of publishing-related documents/reports have you compiled and/or maintained? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Production status reports.
  • Submission tracking reports.
  • Project production budgets.
  • CIP applications and copyright registrations.
  • Book inventory tracking reports.
  • None of the above.
8 Which of the following types of publishing-related documents/reports have you compiled, updated and/or maintained? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Inventory and fulfillment records.
  • Licensing/permissions documentation.
  • Online submission management portal.
  • Production status reports.
  • None of the above.
9

With which of the following publishing houses have you worked? (Check all that apply)

Answer to this question is required
  • Prestel.
  • Yale.
  • Rizolli.
  • Giles.
  • SI Books.
  • Abrams.
  • Penguin.
  • Marquand.
  • Koenig.
  • Similar commercial publishing houses.
  • None of the above.
10 Which of the following activities related to researching and acquiring photographs and other primary materials have you performed? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted photo research for museum catalogs and/or other publications.
  • I have coordinated the acquisition of images from artists, estates, galleries, museums, and others for museum catalogs and/or other publications.
  • I have written and compiled photo captions and photo credits for museum catalogs and/or other publications.
  • I have obtained copyright permissions from artists, estates, galleries, museums, and/or others.
  • I have negotiated licensing agreements for use in an exhibit or publication.
  • I have no experience within a modern and contemporary art context conducting photo research and coordinating acquisition of images from artists, estates, galleries, museums, and others.
11 Which of the following best describes your experience editing/writing substantive content for a variety of audiences? Answer to this question is required
  • I am an expert in performing this task. I have independently edited/ written substantive content for a variet6y of audience on major creative projects such as exhibition scripts for a museum, historical or cultural organization.
  • I have worked under the supervision of a lead editor/writer to edit/write substantive content for a variety of audiences on major creative projects such as exhibition scripts for a museum, historical or cultural organization.
  • As a member of a team I proofread and copyedited substantive materials published for a variety of audiences presented by a museum, historical or cultural organization.
  • As a member of a team I proofread and copyedited substantive materials published for a variety of audiences.
  • I do not have experience editing / writing content for a variety of audiences.
12

Which of the following describes your level of expertise in modern and contemporary art or art history?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have edited texts about modern and contemporary art or art history for an art or art history museum or similar cultural institution.
  • I have experience editing manuscripts about modern and contemporary art or art history, including texts for museums.
  • I have experience editing manuscripts about modern and contemporary art history.
  • I don’t have experience editing manuscripts about modern and contemporary art or art history.
13 Which statement best describes your experience editing and copyediting publication manuscripts according to the Chicago Manual of Style? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience editing and copyediting publications manuscripts using the Chicago Manual of Style as a guide within a modern and contemporary arts organization.
  • I have experience editing and/or copyediting publication manuscripts using the Chicago Manual of Style as a guide.
  • I have education and/or training using the Chicago Manual of Style as a guide for editing and/or copyediting publication manuscripts.
  • I have no experience editing and/copyediting publication manuscripts.
14

Which statement best describes your experience editing and copyediting publication manuscripts according to the AP Stylebook?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience editing and copyediting publications manuscripts using the AP Stylebook as a guide within a modern and contemporary arts organization.
  • I have experience editing and/or copyediting publication manuscripts using the AP Stylebook as a guide.
  • I have education and/or training using the AP Stylebook as a guide for editing and/or copyediting publication manuscripts.
  • I have no experience editing and/or copyediting publication manuscripts.
15 Do you have experience using standard proofreaders' marks? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
16 Which of the following groups of people do you have experience working with to carry out the editorial component of a project? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Editors
  • Designers/Visual Information Specialists
  • Curators/Subject Matter Specialists
  • Authors
  • Project Management Team
  • Educational and Interpretive Planners
  • None of the above
17 Which of the following leadership functions have you performed successfully in projects that you led or were assigned senior staff responsibility? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have set project goals, deadlines, and expectations.
  • I have planned work assignments to be assigned to project/team members.
  • I have assigned tasks and responsibilities to project/team members.
  • I have reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness.
  • I have followed up with project/team members to assure timeliness in meeting deadlines.
  • I have resolved conflicts, differences, or problems among project/team members.
  • I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  • I have reported progress to senior management.
  • I have implemented work completed.
  • I have evaluated the effectiveness of completed projects.
  • None of the above.
18 Which of the following statements describe your ability to lead or supervise? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided guidance to subordinate employees or peers.
  • I have reviewed subordinate’s work.
  • I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty, requirements of the assignments, and capabilities of the employees.
  • I have evaluated performance of subordinates.
  • I have identified the developmental and training needs of employees.
  • I have ensured that staff are appropriately used, developed, and treated in a fair and equitable manner.
  • I have provided positive/negative feedback to an employee during a mid-year or end-of-year performance evaluation.
  • I have resolved complaints from staff or employees.
  • I have not been a supervisor but have served as a team leader in planning and monitoring work performed by others.
  • I have not done any of the above tasks.
19 Which of the following leadership functions have you performed as a regular part of your job? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have set project goals, milestones, and expectations.
  • I have assigned tasks and specific timelines to team members.
  • I have reviewed completed work for appropriate content, quality, technical accuracy, and timelines, as well as provided editorial and technical comments were needed.
  • I have resolved conflicts, differences, or problems among team members.
  • I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  • I have reported progress to senior management.
  • I have implemented or oversaw the implementation of the work.
  • I have evaluated the effectiveness of completed projects.
  • None of the above.
20 Which of the following best describes your highest level of budget monitoring for a project? Answer to this question is required
  • I have monitored project expenditures and kept my team informed.
  • I have monitored project expenditures and alerted team members to overspending.
  • I have monitored project expenditures and led a team in agreeing to cut specific expenses.
  • I have monitored project expenditures and cut specific expenses to avoid overspending.
  • I have monitored project expenditures, projected shortages in the out years, and persuaded my team to agree to cut specific expenses.
  • I have not monitored project expenditures in any of these manners.

Grade: All Grades

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  • Individual referral (friend, relative, Smithsonian employee, school counselor, or other)
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  • Job fair or informational session
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