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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

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. For this position specialized experience is defined as adhering to museum policies and procedures relating to collections management and acquisitions; research experience in American art history; creating, managing, and maintaining accurate and timely records; and adhering to the principles and practices of information management and archives in both paper-based and electronic records environments.
  • I have 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree in art, history, museum studies, scientific subjects, or other courses related to the position to be filled.
  • 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.
3 Which of the following describes your knowledge of art history and time-based media? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed undergraduate courses in art history, time-based media or a related field.
  • I have obtained an undergraduate degree in art history, time-based media or a related field.
  • I have completed graduate courses in art history, time-based media or a related field.
  • I have obtained a graduate degree in art history, time-based media or a related field.
  • I have completed doctoral courses in art history, time-based media or a related field.
  • I have obtained a doctoral degree in art history, time-based media or a related field.
  • None of the above.
4 Which of the following describes your level of expertise in American art history? Answer to this question is required
  • I have written texts about American art or art history for an art or art history museum or similar cultural institution.
  • I have drafted texts about American art or art history, including texts for museums.
  • I have experience editing manuscripts about texts about American art or art history.
  • I don’t have experience writing, drafting or editing texts about American art or art history.
5 Which of the following functions have you performed in the field of American art? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted scholarly research on American art.
  • I have answered public inquiries on American art.
  • I have given presentations or tours to museum audiences on American art.
  • I have given presentations or tours to professional audiences on American art.
  • I have assisted with the planning and development of an American art exhibition, website or publication.
  • I have written an article or catalogue entry on American art.
  • None of the above.
6 Which of the following best describes your experience and proficiency in database management using typical database software? (eg. MS-Access or equivalent) Answer to this question is required
  • I have some experience in using relational databases to enter data and perform simple lookup operations.
  • I have performed data entry into an existing database.
  • I have received training in use of databases, but I have no relevant experience using them.
  • I have considerable experience and expertise in using databases for data entry and complex queries and am considered a proficient user.
  • None of the above.
7 Which of the following best describes your experience managing digital assets and working with a content management system? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education or training in managing digital assets and working with a content management system.
  • I have completed formal education or training in managing digital assets and working with a content management system but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have managed digital assets and worked with a content management system on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with established procedures.
  • I have managed digital assets and worked with a content management system as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have managed digital assets and worked with a content management system as a central or major part of my work.
  • I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
8 Which of the following describes your experience with curatorial functions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have served in a curatorial role with responsibility for a wide range of duties: exhibition research, checklists, didactic information, and organizing content for exhibitions.
  • I have served in a curatorial role with responsibility for exhibition checklists.
  • I have interned in a curatorial department and offered suggestions/assistance.
  • I have no experience with museum exhibitions. If given the opportunity I could perform the duties.
9 Which statement best describes your on the job experience with planning and coordinating complicated processes with multiple stakeholders. Answer to this question is required
  • Which statement best describes your on the job experience with planning and coordinating complicated processes with multiple stakeholders.
  • I have routinely planned, coordinated, and scheduled complicated processes involving 3 or more stakeholders as part of my regular job duties.
  • I have occasionally planned, coordinated, and scheduled complicated processes involving more than 3 stakeholders in the course of my job.
  • I have participated in planning, coordination, or scheduling of complicated processes for multiple stakeholders with a colleague or supervisor.
  • I have not planned, coordinated, or scheduled complicated processes for multiple stakeholders as part of my job.
10 What is your level of on the job experience organizing and optimizing production workflows? Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently led efforts to organize and optimize production workflows as part of my normal job duties.
  • I have led efforts to organize and optimize production workflows in collaboration with colleagues as part of my normal job duties.
  • I have participated in efforts to organize and optimize production workflows in collaboration with colleagues in the course of my job.
  • I have had training in organizing and optimizing production workflows but have not yet used those skills on the job.
  • I have never organized and optimized production workflows as part of my job or otherwise.
11 Which of the following best describe your experience with museum acquisitions and deaccessions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched background information and drafted written justifications for the acquisition or deaccession of artworks for supervisory review.
  • I have coordinated logistics related to museum acquisitions with other museum offices, donors, and sellers.
  • I have developed and maintained a budget spreadsheet to track acquisitions expenditures for 1-3 acquisitions funds.
  • I have developed checklists of artworks being considered for acquisition and deaccession
  • I have consulted with donors, art dealers, and specialists about the sale of works deaccessioned from a museum collection and their valuations.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
12 Which of the following best describe your experience managing collections information? Answer to this question is required
  • I have initiated, maintained, and updated research and records files for museum collection objects.
  • I have initiated, maintained, and updated research and records files for works deaccessioned from a museum collection.
  • I have provided access to museum records to scholars and the public and ensured that confidential information and PII remain secured.
  • I have compiled bibliographies and exhibition histories for museum objects.
  • I have entered bibliography, exhibition histories, and pertinent research information into a collection database.
  • I have proposed innovative digital strategies for making information on museum objects available online.
  • I have no experience in managing collections information in a museum or other cultural heritage organization.
13 Which of the following best describe your experience with the ongoing care, installation, and loan of museum objects? Answer to this question is required
  • I have searched databases to identify works of particular media, time, and type for installation for review by the supervisor or content specialist.
  • I have coordinated the installation of museum objects with other museum offices.
  • I have coordinated the preparation, editing, and installation of interpretive materials related to museum objects.
  • I have coordinated conservation, matting, framing, and relocation of museum objects for gallery use.
  • I have drafted correspondence related to museum loans.
  • None of the above.
14 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in conducting analysis of data collected from research? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education or training conducting analysis of data collected from research that I have gathered.
  • I have had education or training in conducting analysis of data collected from research that I have gathered.
  • I have assisted higher-level specialists in conducting analysis of data collected from research that I have gathered.
  • I have conducted analysis of data collected from research I and others have conducted and proposed resolution of conflicting data under the supervision of a higher-level specialist.
  • I have organized and analyzed information collected from research I and others have conducted and proposed resolution of conflicting data without supervision.
15 Which of the following field of research techniques and/or resources are you most familiar with? Answer to this question is required
  • Culture or gender studies.
  • African American or Latino/a/x studies.
  • Arts and humanities.
  • Science.
  • History.
  • None of the above.
16 Which statement best describes your research experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently identified and read books on an assigned topic.
  • I have independently identified and compiled information from secondary sources (scholarly books and articles) related to a research topic.
  • I have identified primary sources (archival and historical) pertinent to a research question.
  • I have used scholarly databases and online resources to conduct research on an assigned topic.
  • I do not have experience conducting research.
17 Which of the following types of written communication do you have experience with? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed materials for museum-related briefings, meetings, or conferences and prepared minutes or summaries.
  • I have prepared bibliographies, timelines and/or research summaries related to individual artists, objects, historic periods, and larger issues related to American history and art history.
  • I have written clear and effective correspondence, reports, proposals and other materials for museum staff, visitors, the public, and foundations.
  • I have not performed any of the tasks above.
18 Which of the following best describes your written communication skill in communicating programmatic goals in a diverse organization? Answer to this question is required
  • I have substantial experience in preparing written reports and documentation for a diverse audience including higher management.
  • I have experience writing complex reports, office-wide memoranda, policy guidance, operating procedures, and recommendations to staff and my supervisor.
  • I have routinely written reports and memoranda on behalf of a committee or group of individuals which may involve explanation of policies, procedures, and/or recommendations.
  • I have experience writing drafts of reports, memoranda, policy, procedures, and/or recommendations for my supervisor. I have made recommendations to my supervisor or higher management regarding changes in draft reports written by others.
  • 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
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