Smithsonian Institution Museum Curator (Modern Military History) in FEW vacancies Washington, District Of Columbia

Smithsonian Institution
  • FEW vacancies - Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full-Time, Permanent - Federal

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position is located in the National Museum of American History (NMAH) and serves as a Museum Curator (Division of Armed Forces History) and reports to the Chair of the division. The employee is responsible for carrying out research and publications, developing and managing collections, developing exhibitions, providing public service by responding to inquiries about American modern military history,and furthering education and outreach.

  • Researches American modern military history through objects and collections as well as traditional sources of documentation in areas that stretch from the colonial era to the present.
  • Assists the Division in collecting, managing, and interpreting large and diverse collections that provide the basis for presenting American modern military history in the context of the American experience.
  • Plays a role in helping to curate and update the Museum’s exhibitions on American military history.
  • Assists with the development of public programs related to American military history.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
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Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
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.

You must meet the following requirements:

Degree in museum work or in an applicable subject matter field


Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education


Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4 year course of study as shown above. In addition to the Basic Requirements above you must have the following:

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:demonstrating a knowledge of American modern military history (with focus on 20th century to present) at a scholarly level, through a wide variety of public and scholarly research products including exhibitions, collections, books, articles, blogs, catalogs, and monographs as well as programs and other media.

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.

Or Education:

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (study must be of relevance to position).

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.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:

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Salary Range: $77,490.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1015-12/12

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #17A-SB-301909-MPA-NMAH

Control Number: 452684400

Job Announcement Number: 17A-SB-301909-DEU-NMAH