Supervisory Museum Specialist (Art)
National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC

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NOTE: Vacancy announcement # NGA-13-12B is being issued at the same time for this position and is open to federal competitive status candidates and those candidates eligible under special appointing authorities (e.g., 30% or more compensable service-connected disabled veterans, VEOA, and individuals with disabilities). Candidates who wish to apply under both vacancy announcements MUST apply separately for each announcement.

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  • Only U.S. citizens may apply for employment consideration.

DUTIES: Incumbent serves as the Head of Painting Conservation in the Conservation Division of the National Gallery of Art and performs a leadership role in organizing and coordinating the Division’s Painting Conservation Department. Provides examinations, treatments, and documentation of paintings in the Gallery’s collections and supervises the staff responsible for the preservation of paintings throughout the National Gallery of Art. Makes recommendations for the establishment of department objectives and schedules; identifies immediate treatment priorities and recommends departmental long- and short-range goals and priorities, including budgetary and staffing requirements. Develops plans for the current treatment program, including priorities. Makes recommendations of appropriate methods and techniques of treatment to ensure that current treatment procedures are consistent with sound technology and that the National Gallery maintains its leadership role in the field of conservation. Signs off on all painting conservation treatments and initiates and conducts practical conservation examinations and treatments of key Gallery paintings as well as consults and collaborates with other conservators, curators, conservation scientists, and other staff as necessary during examination, treatment or research. Writes examination reports and treatment proposals for conservation treatment of paintings in Gallery collections or on loan and maintains appropriate records of treatment. Conducts research in the developing methods and materials of conservation or its history and technology in relation to Gallery collections and shares findings with colleagues and in scholarly meetings and publications. Initiates, selects and approves all hiring of painting conservation staff and plans and projects hiring levels to meet ongoing or future needs. Supervises all painting conservation staff and sets performance standards and evaluates staff performance. Projects and justifies all budget estimates based on anticipated workload and adheres to approved budgets, making adjustments as necessary, or justifying requested increases. Works with the Chief of Conservation to define and then advises on or clarifies for Gallery staff and contractors various conservation policies, procedures, and practices. Responds to highly technical public inquiries about painting conservation.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for GS-1016-15. This requires at least one year of directly-related specialized experience. Specialized experience is supervisory work overseeing the work of a team of painting conservators and assessing and treating paintings of all types using accepted conservation materials and procedures. Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience. If their résumé does not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Candidates should ensure their résumé and application packet clearly demonstrate possession of these factors to receive maximum employment consideration.

  • Highly developed knowledge of conservation procedures for all types of paintings along with skill in assessing materials used in paintings, recommended storage, handling and environment controls to maintain the stability of a museum collection.
  • Skill in supervision, establishing goals, and oversight of daily activities for the staff of a large, complex painting conservation department.
  • Recognized expertise and skill in treatment and documentation procedures for paintings, including varnish and overpaint removal, consolidation of loose paint, lining and relining procedures, varnishing, inpainting, micro-sampling and microscopic analysis.
  • Skill in the technical state of art concerning painting conservation and of non-destructive examination of paintings using ultraviolet and infrared light, x-radiography, energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence and microscopic examination.


  • Physical Requirements: The work requires manual dexterity; good color discrimination capabilities; a major use of eyesight, augmented by magnification (high and low power microscopes, magnifocusers, viewing instruments); breathing through respirators used for filtering solvent fumes; and exertion such as bending, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities. Occasionally exposed to toxic chemicals and must use safety equipment.

    The National Gallery of Art provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: All qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three pre-determined quality categories. This evaluation will be based on the personal, educational and work experience indicated in the candidate’s résumé and responses to the applicant questions. The three pre-determined quality categories are: Best-qualified; Well qualified; and Qualified.

    Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your responses are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have overstated your experience or your responses are not supported by your résumé OR if your application is incomplete, you will be assigned to a quality category commensurate to your described experience. Later steps in the selection process may be used to verify your stated level of experience and capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not hiring you.
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    BENEFITS: The Gallery offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Information on Federal benefits is provided at: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp . If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.

    OTHER INFORMATION: AN EXTERNAL SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST BE FINGERPRINTED AND RECEIVE A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, RESULTING IN A SATISFACTORY SUITABILITY DETERMINATION BEFORE BEING HIRED FOR THIS POSITION.

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