Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Conservation and Preservation Management Branch of the Collections Services Division, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation. The Conservator has responsibility for performing the full range of conservation and preservation work concerned with technical treatment and related research for a wide variety of textiles and costumes of historic value.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />• The incumbent serves as the staff expert in the conservation and preservation of textiles and costumes and performs major and minor treatments. <br />• Examines and determines the type of treatment required for the various artifacts and materials. <br />• Researches and uses various methods, techniques, tools and equipment to treat, mount and house Museum Objects. <br />• Prepares treatment proposals, condition and treatment reports.<br />• Develops innovative treatment procedures to solve new and different problems which arise. <br />• Maintains records of treatment and examination procedures and reports. <br />• Advises and provides training for USHMM staff and contractors in safe procedures and techniques for the treatment, handling, transit, storage, mounting and exhibition.<br />• Inspects the work of the Exhibits Collections Care team to ensure that it meets professional Museum standards.<br />• Provides advice on proper environmental conditions.<br />• Advises and monitors the influences of macro and micro environments.<br />• Develops, writes, and presents lectures, seminars and demonstrations on various aspects of conservation work.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> </ul> <br /> * <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level or 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D or equivalent degree related to the position. Specialized experience is work in the preservation of paper-based or photographic materials. In addition to the above, you must also meet the following selective placement factor and physical conditions outlined below to be qualified for this position:<br /><br />Selective Placement Factor (SPF): Failure to meet the SPF will result in your application being removed from further consideration. Knowledge of museum practices, principles and standards to oversee and participate in the conservation treatment and care of textile and costumes artifacts on exhibition and in storage and/or to record and report on the condition of the objects and their environments.<br /><br />Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will occur to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your application and occupational questionnaire will be evaluated and rated under<strong> Category Rating and Selection Procedures </strong>. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, and other characteristics, for placement in one of the following categories:<br /><br />1. Best Qualified – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position; <br /><br />2. Well Qualified – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position; <br /><br />3. Qualified – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.<br /><br />Please note that your answers to the questions in the occupational questionnaire must be supported in your resume. Therefore, it is important to support your answers by providing examples of experience in your resume. Failure to do so will result in your scores being adjusted and you may be eliminated from the best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.<br /><br />The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher .<br /><br />A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified), provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category.<br /><br />Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics: <br /><br />1. Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, methodologies and techniques of conservation applicable to the full range of treatment procedures and analyses required for the conservation and preservation of a wide variety of objects within two of the specialty areas.<br /><br />2. Ability to perceive the nature and condition of an object by using methods, instruments and techniques such as optical observation with visible, infrared, or ultraviolet light; observation with stereomicroscopes, light tables, or other instrumentation to stimulate image enhancement; measurements of physical properties including equilibrium humidity or solubility parameters; use of photographic equipment for visual documentation purposes; short duration testing using instruments such as thread counter, thermometer, hygrometer, and a variety of linear measurement devices; and ability to conduct sampling for chemical analyses and reactivity testing.<br /><br />3. Knowledge of materials science and technology, organic and inorganic chemistry with a practical knowledge of physics.<br /><br />4. Ability to communicate in writing in order to prepare/create various reports, reviews, studies, and technical publications concerning conservation/preservation of artifacts.<br /><br />Additional details on the application process can be found in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. We recommend that you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the application process.<br /><br />Physical Conditions: The work requires agility and dexterity with hands, tools and equipment, the ability to lift up to 20 lbs, and endure long periods of standing, walking, bending and reaching. Work may involve moderately hazardous chemicals and flammable solvents for which special safety precautions are required.<br /><br />If selected for the position, you are required to undergo a pre-employment physical examination using the SF-78 "Certificate of Medical Examination" form. You must be able with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the physical requirements considered essential for successful performance of this position. All costs associated with the pre-employment examination will be paid by the Agency. Refusal to be examined or failure to meet physical requirements for the position will be considered as a declination. In addition, if you are a compensable veteran, you must provide a copy of your VA rating certificate (medical determination, including percentage, nature and extent of disability) in advance.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This is a Federal Agency. Former Federal employees who received a voluntary separation incentive ("buyout") must repay the full amount of the buyout if re-employed under any type of appointment, or under a personal service contract, within five years after separation with a buyout. If selected, you may be required to complete the following: A one year probationary period unless already completed; A background security investigation will be required for all new hires; A Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. You will be asked to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be fined or jailed. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. All new hires entering on duty as of February 2, 1997, must agree to direct deposit of their salary checks. Employees will have up to two (2) pay periods from the date they enter on duty to arrange for their direct deposit transaction. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be further evaluated to determine the degree to which they possess the KSA's required. Ratings will be based on responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. Qualified candidates will be assigned a score between 70 and 100, not including points that may be assigned for veterans' preference. Please note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education in your resume OR that your application is incomplete, the following process will take place: Your application will receive further consideration for this announcement OR after a review of all the experience and training, a score reflective of your application will be assigned. <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Confidential <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><b>The following documents should be included with the application package:</b><br /><br /><b>1. Résumé</b><br /><br /><b>2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire</b><br /><br /><li>Supplemental Documents: ( only submit if applicable to you )</li> <ul> <li>Unofficial college transcript (if qualifying all, or in part, based on your education)</li> <li>Veterans' Preference or VEOA documentation (if applicable)</li> <li>Proof of Status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure and SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different). U.S. Holocaust Museum employees do not need to submit their SF-50.</li> <li>CTAP/ICTAP documentation (Must have a score of 90 or above to be "Well Qualified"), if applicable</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation (See Noncompetitive Appointing Authorities under "Other Information")</li> </ul> <br />(Revised 10/10) You can submit "required documents" by "document upload/download" or "fax" using the instructions below. Whichever method you choose, please include the vacancy announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number (SSN) from any documents that you submit. All supplemental materials must be received by the closing date of the announcement.<br /><br />Document Upload/Download : You may upload/download supporting documents in one of two ways:<br /> <li>Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload/download the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS; or</li> <li>You can download a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.<br /><br />In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Hiring Management if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.</li> <br /> Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in the USHMM Hiring Management System by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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