Job Posting: Collections Assistant, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

*** Edit 9/28 – This is a repost to correct “All Grades” questions. Applicants who applied previously MUST reapply to be considered. 

Summary

This position is located in the Collection Management Department of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian institution’s museum of international modern and contemporary art. The Collection Management Department is responsible for the care, preservation, and documentation of all works of art at the museum, whether from the Museum’s permanent collection or on loan from other institutions. The incumbent serves as the assistant to the director of collection management, providing technical assistance in the broad areas of collection stewardship.

Duties

  • Assists in maintaining standards, policies, and operating procedures for acquisitions, receipt, deaccessioning, loans, packing, shipping logistics, conservation, physical care, storage, documentation, and inventory.
  • Prepares and maintains the departmental budget worksheets in Excel, monitors
    expenditures for supplies, equipment, and travel.
  • Orders equipment and supplies associated with the functions of the Collection Management Department and tracks the orders during the procurement process.
  • Checks and keeps accounts of conservation lab supplies of adhesives, papers, fabrics, chemicals, solvents and reorders them when necessary.
  • Manages the digital assets for the department, including entering conservation reports, images, and other pertinent information into the Museum’s database (TMS).

Qualifications

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as entering financial data into software packages, filing, meeting and greeting people, and working with professionals that care for and preserve artworks.

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 Grade 7: One full year of graduate level education related to the position or Superior Academic Achievement may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.

Apply by: October 11, 2016

Full post: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/451769900

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