This position is located in the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The Galleries are devoted to the research, acquisition, exhibition, care, and management of the collections of Asian art in each museum and American art in the Freer Gallery. The incumbent serves as the Head of the Conservation and Scientific Research Department providing program and administrative leadership, management and direction to a staff of conservators, conservation scientists, visiting conservators, research scholars, and others involved in the conservation, analysis/scientific examination of rare, valuable works of art or archaeological materials.
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Advises Director, curatorial staff and other gallery specialist on a broad range of work that involves determining the structural stability of an object, addressing problems of chemical and physical deterioration and performing corrective treatment.
Oversees departmental research and conservation projects.
Presents papers or lectures on topics in areas of expertise at conferences and symposia.
Defines and interprets departmental goals, programs, and policies and establishes short-term and long-term goals for the administration of the department.
Directly supervises employees carrying out responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-13 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes using treatment methods applicable to the scientific examination, restoration and preservation of archeological, historical and artistic objects of national value in a museum or similar setting.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
Knowledge of conservation principles and techniques including effects of environmental factors, causes of damage and deterioration, and conservation treatments on museum objects and/or specimens.
Ability to conduct research and analysis in conservation to produce accurate and professional documentation on conservation.
Ability to effectively communicate orally at lectures, conferences, training activities, and other forums to professional audiences and the public.
Ability to develop and direct a comprehensive conservation program for museum collections including environmental control, collections storage, and preservation requirements for exhibition and shipping.
Ability to manage a conservation department and supervise its technical and professional staff and projects.
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: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and 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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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
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