Position Announcement: Program Specalist (Collections), Cultural Resources Center, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Job Title: Program Specialist (Collections)
Agency: Smithsonian Institution

Open Period: Monday, August 3, 2015 to Monday, August 17, 2015

Position Information: Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
Location: Suitland, MD View Map 
Travel: Not required

More than one selection may be made from this announcement. 

Security Clearance: Background Investigation

Job Summary: This position is located in the Cultural Resources Center (CRC), National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution. The employee interacts with the public to answer research inquiries and coordinate and work with visitors to NMAI’s collections.

-Answers research requests or general inquiries by using working knowledge of Native cultures, art forms, and material from a wide variety of geographic and cultural regions (contemporary, archaeological and ethnographic), displaying an awareness and understanding of the potential spiritual and sensitive nature of some items or materials in Native collections, basic archaeological terminology, history and materials, and collections-based anthropological research methods.
-Researches Native cultures and their material culture and makes connections between different elements to determine best avenues for securing information for the researcher by using the museum’s database (EMu) and outside resources (i.e. web searches, museum and outside publications, archaeological reports, and tribal websites).
-Participates in collections care duties (as needed) by following all requirements for the proper tracking, moving, and storage of collections objects (using a variety of equipment including forklifts, manual and electronic pallet jacks, sculpture lifts, scissor lifts, man lifts, carts, and ladders).
-Communicates with potential visitors to determine their interests, performs thorough EMu searches for objects relevant to visitors’ interests, produces and disseminates a variety of EMu reports (if necessary), compiles appropriate object lists for visits (if needed), and prepares for or handles visits directly (typical visitors include researchers, Native community members and representatives, and the general public).

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess 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 working in either a Native American (or other indigenous culture of the Western Hemisphere) museum, cultural, or historical organization or a museum, cultural, or historical organization with Native American (or other indigenous culture of the Western Hemisphere) collections in order to coordinate visitor services with an emphasis on Native American visitors, collections management, or research work that is related to Native art, culture or history.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Master's or equivalent graduate degree
2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
LL.B. or J.D., if related
-Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
-One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.
-Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

-Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
-Knowledge of Native American culture, art, history and Native collections, gained through work experience.
-Ability to perform research about Native art, culture, and history in the western hemisphere from the Arctic to South America by using a variety of resources.
-Knowledge of museum best practices to the care, handling, moving, housing, tracking, and storage of a museum collection of Native American ethnographic, archaeological, and contemporary art material.
-Ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals and to function as the department’s point person regarding visits and tours by effectively communicating the department’s policies and procedures, adapting to shifting staff and visitors’ priorities and schedules, and successfully coordinating visits and tours.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

Important Note:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.