JOB Jun 22, 2001

Smithsonian Inst. Collection Manager

Laura Hansen

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Smithsonian Institution Collections Manager
Location: Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Closing Date: July 31, 2001

Museum Specialist 01PE-1163 (not a federal position.)
Salary: $44,352-$57,656 per year.
Temporary Appointment - Not to exceed 4 years.

As collections manager, the incumbent manages collections for "America on
the Move/ On the Water," a 33,000 square foot exhibition tentatively
scheduled to open in the fall of 2003. The exhibition will include current
new and borrowed objects ranging in size from archival documents to a 1926
passenger locomotive and varying types of materials from paper to metal.
Incumbent manages all activities relating to object storage, movement,
loans, exhibition de-installation, exhibit installation, documentation and
access for the new exhibit as well as assisting with collections management
tasks in technology collections. Processes incoming and outgoing objects for
storage, incoming loans, outgoing loans, accessions and non-accessions
including cataloging, automated tracking, housing, marking or tagging and
completing accession records. Oversees the photography and organization of
photographic records and other related files. Manages the project's objects
in computer database and exhibit notebooks. Plans, oversees, and
participates in the object de-installation of the Hall of American Maritime
Enterprise, Road Transportation Hall, Railroad Hall, Civil Engineering Hall
and Power Machinery and sections of adjoining halls. Supervises the
installation team that include NMAH staff, contractors, volunteers and
interns; assists curatorial project staff with collections activities and
keeps the team and staff informed of progress. Performs other related

Qualifications: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience
equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is
experience related to the operation or management of a museum or similar
collection of valuable objects. Examples of specialized experience include
collections management, registration, cataloging, research, preservation,
restoration or conservation of collections of museum materials, or other
experience related to the position to be filled. Education may be
substituted for the required specialized experience. Three full academic
years of graduate level education or PH.D. or equivalent degree in a field
directly related to the position may be substituted for the required
specialized experience and meets the requirements at the Grade 11 level.
Equivalent combinations of graduate education and specialized experience may
also be qualifying.
Selective factors: (applicants must meet all of these mandatory requirements
in order to be condidered qualified to compete for a position.)

1- Knowledge of collections management policies and procedures.
2- Skill in techniques and procedures used in the physical care and handling
of museum objects.=20
Quality ranking factos include: (these factors are not mandatory to be
considered for a position, but will be used to determine who are the highest
qualified candidates among those who meet the selective factors.)

1- Skill in coordination of movement and shipment of collections, especially
large objects and coordinating conservation of collections.
2- Skill in coordinating de-installation and installation
of objects.=20
3- Knowledge of collections documentation, object and archival care,
handling and storage.

1- The Smithsonian Institution does not require a standard application form,
but we need certain information to evaluate your qualifications. You may
apply using a resume, the Optional Application for Federal Employment
(OF-612), or any other application form you choose, including an SF-171,
Application for Federal Employment. Call (202) 287-3102 to obtain more
information about the Trust Fund Hiring process (note: this is not a federal
appointment.) If you use an SF-171 do not answer questions 38-47. Job
finalists will be asked to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to
determine their suitability for Trust Fund employment and authorize a
background investigation, if required.)

2- Clearly describe in your resume or application your work experience,
education and/ or training as it relates to this vacancy. It is very
important that you fully address how your work experience and education/
training meet both the specialized experience requirement and the selective
factors. This information will be used to determine whether or not you are
qualified for this vacancy. Selective factors establish qualifications to be
eligible to compete for this position. Quality Ranking Factors are not
mandatory but are used to determine who are the highest qualified candidates
among those eligible to compete for the position. Therefore, it is to your
benefit to provide a full description of your experience and education/
training relative to the job requirements of this vacancy.

Applications must be received by the closing date and may be submitted in
the following ways: Mail: Smithsonian Institution, Office of Human
Resources, P.O. Box 50638, Washington, DC 20091 or Fax: (202) 275-1114 or
Hand Deliver: FEDEX, or other Overnight Mail: 750 Ninth Street, NW Suite
6100, Washington, DC 20560. For further information on the process please
call: Ms. Williams on (202) 275-1053 (voice) or (202) 275-1110 (TTY.)

Laura Hansen
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0629
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