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National Gallery of Art Supervisory Museum Specialist (Art) (Head of Photograph Conservation) in Washington, District Of Columbia

Summary The incumbent of this position serves as the Acting Head of Photograph Conservation on the staff of the Deputy Director in the Conservation Division, under the Chief of Conservation. This position serves the National Gallery of Art in a leadership role for organizing and coordinating the division's photograph conservation department. Responsibilities As the Supervisory Museum Specialist (Art), you will: Establish the department's objectives and schedules; identify immediate treatment priorities and recommends to the Chief of Conservation and the Deputy Director long- and short-range goals and priorities for the department, including budgetary and staffing requirements. Draft plans for a long-range program of treatment for the Gallery's collection of photographs. Develop plans to improve space, working conditions and equipment for the laboratory. Initiate and conduct practical conservation examinations and treatments of key National Gallery photographs; consults and collaborates with other conservators, curators, conservation scientists, and other staff as necessary during examination, treatment, or research. Conduct 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. Represent the National Gallery of Art in academic, professional and trade matters related to the Gallery's collections and photograph conservation issues. Provide oversight of the coordination of conservation activities within the photograph conservation department, communicating regularly with the Chief of Conservation and the Deputy Director to maintain desired goals. Operation and administration of the photograph conservation department in all respects, including all personnel actions, assignment of work, space and budget planning, and implementation of goals. Initiate, select, and approve, all hiring of photograph conservation staff; plan and project hiring levels to meet ongoing or immediate needs. Independently supervise photograph conservation staff, including contractors, interns or fellows and assignment of work based on availability, capability and special qualifications of staff is a primary role; sets performance standards and evaluates staff performance. Review work in progress, completed work, and provides advice as necessary to ensure maintenance of conservation standards and objectives. Requirements Conditions of Employment Current Permanent Federal Employees at the National Gallery of Art Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. Qualifications Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1016-14. Candidates must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent in responsibility to the federal GS-13 level, responsible for the Gallery’s care, study, display, and expansion of a world-class collection of over 1,500 paintings, sculpture, and works in other media (excluding prints, drawings, and photographs), primarily American and European, from 1900 to the present day, including works in the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. Your application and resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must show in your résumé how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. If asked to do so, cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Direct effect on the preservation of priceless and irreplaceable works of art, and the application of excellent judgment and highest professional practices. Available to advise and consult with colleagues throughout the art conservation field; must keep abreast of advances in the field through active participation in professional conservation organizations, both national and international. Overall management of the department and supervision of the staff responsible for the preservation of photographs. Note: Applicants who are referred to the hiring office for selection consideration may be required to submit writing and/or work samples as part of the interview/selection process. If the hiring office decides to request a writing and/or work sample as part of its selection process, the vacancy contact will reach out to you by email to: (1) inform you of this requirement; and (2) provide further instructions. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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. Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures. CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section. You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education Experience General Experience (for positions at GS-4 and below): Experience using the tools, techniques, procedures, or methods related to the operation of a museum or similar collection, or to the handling, storage, care, protection, or recordkeeping of such a collection. Experience may have been gained in a museum, college or university, antique shop, commercial art gallery, or other setting involving work with collections of valuable objects or specimens requiring specialized care and handling. Other types of experience may also be qualifying if appropriate to the position to be filled. Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-5 and above): Experience related to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include collections management, registration, cataloging, research, preservation, restoration, or conservation of collections of museum material, or other experience related to the position to be filled. Most positions require a particular subject-matter specialization, e.g., aeronautics, anthropology, art, geology, history, natural science, technology, biology, or zoology. OR Education Undergraduate and Graduate Education: For GS-3 positions, education may have been in any field of study. For positions at GS-4 and above, related course work is required. Related fields of study include art, history, museum studies, scientific subjects, or other courses related to the position to be filled. Additional Information • The National Gallery of Art fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement. • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year. • AN EXTERNAL SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST BE FINGERPRINTED AND RECEIVE A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, RESULTING IN A SATISFACTORY SUITABILITY DETERMINATION BEFORE BEING HIRED FOR THIS POSITION. • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Selective Service Registration: