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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Museum Curator (Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization)
Open Period:
03/28/2014 - 04/18/2014
GS - 1015 13
$89924.00 - $116901.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
FEW in
  • Washington DC, DC, US
For More Info:
Regina Anderson


Who May Apply:
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. 
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Duration Appointment:
Federal Term appointment for 4 years.
Marketing Statement:
This position is located in the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The purpose of the position is to serve as Folklife Curator specializing in cultural sustainability with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic revitalization.
The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

This position is located in the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The purpose of the position is to serve as Folklife Curator specializing in cultural sustainability with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic revitalization.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Authorized:
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.


  • Conceives, conceptualizes, and implements community-based linguistic and/or cultural revitalization projects within the context of larger cultural revitalization. Develops and manages teams of diverse experts and community members to address diverse exigencies of linguistic and/or cultural revitalization projects. Identifies and recruits team members whose expertise will increase the likelihood of success on individual projects.
  • Serves as consultant and expert advisor on cultural and/or linguistic revitalization matters and on professional matters in the field, such as exhibitions, review of research proposals, manuscripts, and published materials.
  • Conceives, conceptualizes, and recommends appropriate presentations related to cultural and linguistic revitalization as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Web features and virtual exhibitions, archival user resources, visual media creations, special Folklife exhibitions, cultural heritage policy initiatives, and other products as assigned. Researches the areas of presentation extensively through examination of the literature; Folklife and/or linguistic fieldwork documentation and analysis; and personal contacts.
  • Designs and/or coordinates presentations across multiple CFCH platforms, such as Folklife Festival programs, traveling exhibitions, Web features, videos, archival user resource products, and cultural heritage policy formulations. Conceptualizes, writes, and edits publications for peer-reviewed journals and Internet publication.
  • Conceptualizes and oversees the scripting, production, and/or editing of documentaries (films, videos, sound recordings) that present folk life and linguistic diversity.
  • Conceive, conceptualize, and develop proposals for funding and other efforts to secure resources needed to support cultural and linguistic revitalization efforts at CFCH.

Qualifications and Evaluations



Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
  • Ability to manage a community-based cultural and linguistic revitalization program for an organization, gained through work experience.
  • Ability to prepare research-based projects and publications in linguistic and cultural revitalization, gained through work experience.
  • Ability to prepare presentations on the field of cultural and linguistic revitalization, in a variety of formats, gained through work experience.
  • Ability to develop funding proposals for an organization that have resulted in receipt of funds for cultural projects from a variety of sources.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. 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.

Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

Basic Requirements:  

  1. Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field such as the following: linguistics, folklore, anthropology or a museum studies degree;


  2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  3. Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study in linguistics, folklore, anthropology or museum studies.

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as experience serving as an expert advisor on cultural and linguistic revitalization matters involving one of the following four: exhibitions, review of research proposals, manuscripts, or published materials. Experience also includes conceiving presentations related to cultural and linguistic revitalization for two of the following seven areas: festivals, web features, virtual exhibitions, videos, traveling exhibitions, cultural heritage policy initiatives or archival user resources products.

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.

Benefits and Other Info

The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that
includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life
insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program
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How to Apply

How to Apply:
Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;  OR You may manually fax required documents.  Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine.  Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date.  Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
Required Documents:
Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • 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.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify.  If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
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:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (