Museum Specialist (History)

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United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
In this position, you will serve as a Museum Specialist (History) - Registrar at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, MO.
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Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens.
Note: This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion procedures. Noncompetitive Eligibles as well as applicants under special hiring authorities (e.g., Disabilities Program, Peace Corps, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, Former overseas employee, Former National Guard Technician, etc.) who wish to be considered must apply under Merit Promotion procedures, Job Announcement number JD1111908DAM.
U.S. Citizenship Background Investigation or Security Clearance Relocation Expenses Will Not Be Paid
Ensures proper procedures are followed with regard to the care, registration, and documentation of museum collections. Oversees the accessioning and cataloging of the museum collections, maintaining computerized collection management software and collection inventories and file systems; assigns accession number to items, recording the type and identity, donor or other source, and pertinent information required for their care, study, identification, and location; supervises the photography of museum objects and organizes photographic records; maintains and arranges all museum objects in storage areas.
Creates and updates registration manual and collection management policies based on professionally accepted museum standards and implements these guidelines into the daily operation of the museum. Manages conservation, preservation, and restoration of the museum collection. Ensures that the placement of objects in exhibits and storage areas is consistent with environmental and security measures to prevent deterioration, damage, theft, or loss.
Performs required annual inventories of the museum collection and maintains inventory records.
Oversees work of volunteers and other staff members assigned to perform cataloging and collections management projects.
Works with Museum Curator, other Presidential Libraries, and museums and private collectors from around the world to coordinate the museum''s incoming and outgoing loan program primarily for exhibition purposes. Represents the Museum Curator and Director in negotiating outgoing loans to outside organizations. Makes final arrangements, if approved, for loans (physical transfer, insurance, etc.). Assists the Museum Curator with incoming loans from other museums or private collections.
Serves on planning teams for temporary and permanent exhibitions. Assists the Curator and other staff with the selection of objects from within the collection, and from outside collectors to support the themes of exhibitions. Assists other museum personnel with the construction, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of museum exhibitions.
Responds to public inquiries concerning the museum collection, preparing responses by letter, telephone, e-mail, fax, or in person; prepares lectures and/or public presentations about the Truman Library and its museum collection for the general public or specialized audiences as required. Provides assistance, information and occasional interviews about the Truman Library and/or its museum collection to the media as required; escorts special groups on tours of the facility, providing knowledgeable technical or general information about the Truman Library, its collections, and its programs.
Assists Museum Curator in performing research related to the museum''s collection. Performs research on collections for exhibitions, labels, scripts, catalogs and for media inquiries. Researches museum records and published and unpublished sources to establish provenance of objects; and pursues individual research projects which may lead to publication in historical or technical journals and books.
Assists Museum Curator in collecting artifacts that further support the documentation of the life of Harry Truman and his Presidency. Makes recommendations to the Museum Curator regarding whether to accept donations offered to the Harry S. Truman Library in consultation with museum colleagues.
GS-11 - Candidates must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA''s) to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.
Specialized experience for this position includes activities related to three-dimensional museum collections: collections management, registration, cataloging, packing, research, preservation, or conservation of museum material.
Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management''s, Operating Manual: Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions for further information
Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Your resume must specifically and clearly show your possession of the required specialized experience and your possession of the required competencies. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position.
The required competencies for this position are as follows:
_Problem Solving_
_Execution and Results_
_Customer Service_
_Manages Projects_
_Utilizes Computer Technology_
_Conducts Outreach Activities_
_Applies Knowledge of American History and Government_
_Conducts Inventory Reviews_
_Manages and/or Maintains Collections, Digital Assets and Other Related Assets_
Based on the information you provided in your application package, you will be assigned to one of three quality categories - Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Qualified veterans are placed ahead of non-veterans within each category. Qualified veterans with a service connected disability of 10% or more are placed ahead of non-veterans in the best qualified category.
NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 23, 2014 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1111939
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 23, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
Resume - Relevant work experience must include: Job title, duties, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), and salary.
Responses to Occupational Questionnaire.
Copies of college transcripts - if substituting education for experience or if specific education is required. Veterans Preference documentation ( DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate).
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. We will review your r sum and transcript(s) (if appropriate) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.
NARA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information visit the following #icc.
Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Veterans'' Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof of eligibility ( The member 4 copy of your DD-214, or other copies that indicate character of discharge is preferable ). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see
Veteran's Information Page, USAJOBS - Veterans
VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011: If you are an active duty service member of the armed forces, Public Law 112-56, ensures that certain individuals do not lose the opportunity to be considered for Federal service (and awarded their veterans' preference entitlements if applicable) despite not having a DD form 214 to submit along with the application package (resume). Service members must submit with their application a certification from the armed forces that certifies that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. For more information on VOW, see Veteran's Information page - .
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program: If you are an eligible ICTAP applicant you may apply for special selection consideration. You must meet minimum qualifications, including selective factors, experience, and education requirements (if applicable), and be rated well-qualified for the position (i.e., receive a score of 85 or above based on your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire). You must provide a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel actions form with your application. More information: .

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