Visual Information Specialist
Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM), Smithsonian Institution. Dedicated to a community-focused approach to research, documentation, and educational and cultural programming, ACM challenges perceptions, broadens perspectives, generates new knowledge, and deepens understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of ‘community’. The employee is responsible for planning, managing, and implementing all phases of ACM's exhibitions, programs and events.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:
  • Plans, organizes, directs and reviews the designs and implementation of all ACM's exhibitions and spatial design projects.
  • Develops original design and detailing for all exhibition components and creates plans, elevations, constructions and detail drawings, including architectural and working drawings and specifications.
  • Responsible for all activities associated with the design, construction, and installation of exhibitions, including development of budgetary requirements, contract development and overseeing vendors on contract execution.
  • Responsible for complete graphic design requirements for exhibitions including overall graphic design for all print and electronic signage and materials.
  • Supervises and provides leadership to subordinate staff as well as volunteers, interns and contractors.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as designing, executing and implementing all phases of an exhibition from conceptualization to installation; designing and producing prints and electronic products for programs, events and exhibition; and leading or overseeing a diverse staff in a museum or similar historic/cultural setting.

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.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants for this position may be evaluated in multiple stages. The first stage is an evaluation of your responses to the online multiple-choice questions that assess your experience, education, and/or training for the job related competencies below:
  • Ability to translate research and historical content into an exhibition.
  • Skill in producing production-ready files and documents, organize materials and maintain clear records for exhibition fabrication and installation.
  • Ability to develop and manage an exhibition budget and to execute and manage contractual processes.
  • Skill in visual design and computer-aided software such as AutoCad.
  • Ability to manage a diverse staff by providing leadership, guidance and direction.
If you are found qualified for this position and meet or exceed a predefined rating threshold from your questionnaire responses, you may be contacted by email to complete or submit additional assessments such as work samples, short essays, or other appropriate assessments within approximately one week of the job announcement closing. If you do not meet the rating threshold to move to the next evaluation stage, you will be notified promptly by email.

All applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will receive a final rating within one of three category groups based on one or more stages of evaluation which measure 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, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each quality category. The Hiring Manager may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no veteran in that category is passed over to select a non-veteran in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Veterans 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.

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BENEFITS: The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.

OTHER INFORMATION: Flexible Spending Accounts - http://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com Retirement Program - http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

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