Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Exhibits Design Department, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The employee is responsible for providing a variety of services in support of the overall planning, development, and execution of exhibitions for the Museum.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Prepares and presents design concepts, orally, with drawings, and in writing, that show overall conceptual design, translating verbal theme statements or outlines into two- or three dimensional visual presentations. Conceives imaginative designs that meet demanding criteria of originality, accessibility, practicality, affordability, sustainability, ease of maintenance and production, and appropriate esthetics.</li> <li>Writes and administers a wide variety of design contracts using NMAI and Smithsonian approved procedures.<br /> </li> <li>Uses CAD design software, AutoCAD, and Vectorworks to create drawing packages and details for review by internal authorities and for use by fabrication shops.<br /> </li> <li>Develops, coordinates, and monitors the schedules, budgets, and material requirements for the design and production of the assigned exhibit projects. In consultation with others, will create, review, and approve exhibition timetables and budgets for short and long term projects. </li> </ul> <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> <li>Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation</li> <li>May need to complete a Probationary Period</li> <li>Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.</li> </ul> <br /> Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.<br /><br />For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http: www.opm.gov/qualifications.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Experience: </strong>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. <strong>For this position Specialized experience is defined as</strong> assisting with designing a museum exhibition, and helping in project management to draft, arrange, and order exhibition projects in all stages of exhibits development from design to ongoing maintenance.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />There is no education substitution.<br /><br />Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:<br /><br />Best Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.<br /><br />Better Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.<br /><br />Good Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.<br /><br />This 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. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. 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. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.<br /><br /><strong>Important Note:</strong><br /><br />Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />N/A<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Flexible Spending Accounts – https: www.fsafeds.com/ <br />Health Insurance – http: www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp <br />Leave – http: www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp <br />Life Insurance – http: www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp <br />Long Term Care Insurance – http: www.ltcfeds.com <br />Retirement Program – https: www.opm.gov/retirement-services/ <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 />Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:<br /> <ul> <li>Skill in three-dimensional exhibition design, including proven capability in the areas of design conceptualization, design development, and structural detailing techniques, fabrication processes and materials, model making, safety, conservation, and accessibility.</li> <li>Ability to present exhibit and graphic concepts, production procedures, cost analysis, and evaluation using diplomatic skills that are necessary to communicate with individuals of varying backgrounds and perspectives.</li> <li>Knowledge of the policies and procedures of the Federal and Smithsonian procurement system, including but not limited to the creation of Request for Proposals (RFP), requisitions, purchase orders, and petty cash vouchers. Must be familiar with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) regulations, competitive contracting, and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) restrictions and responsibilities.</li> <li>Knowledge of computerized design systems including AutoCAD and Vectorworks.</li> <li>Knowledge of the principals of project management principals of design, and museum administration. This includes knowledge of overall museum program goals and objectives, the sequencing of key design and production events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the value of program accomplishments.</li> </ul> <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>Your application package should include the following documents:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Resume – Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience <strong>your resume MUST contain</strong> the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.<br /><br />USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this <strong> Resume Writing Tutorial video </strong> on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful <strong> Resume Writing FAQ article </strong> on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. <strong>If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.</strong><br /> </li> <li>Proof of Veteran's Preference – DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.</li> </ul> <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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