Museum Curator (Costume and Textile History)

Posted by Smithsonian Institution, Office of Curatorial Affairs, Division of Home & Community Life, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Under Secretary for Museums and Culture ; Posted on 
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Museum Curator (Costume and Textile History)



$94,199 – $122,459 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 12


Washington, DCFEW vacancies

Remote job


Telework eligible

Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

Appointment type

Permanent – Federal

Work schedule

Full-time – Full-Time, Permanent

Clarification from the agency

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. More than one selection may be made from this announcement.


In this position the curator uses their knowledge in the history of textiles and costume in the United States and its territories to integrate varied subdisciplines into her/his broader field, furthering the knowledge of the collection’s holdings, and fostering its stewardship. Working under the general direction of the Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and the direct supervision of the division Chair or other division-level supervisor, the Museum Curator serves as a member of the curatorial staff with the following duties:

  • Conducts research that results in publishable additions via multiple formats to the body of knowledge related to the history of textiles and costume and in public history work that supports the museum’s mission, interpretive programs, and philosophy of public engagement.
  • The curator deploys historical understanding, collections expertise, and imaginative commitment to collaboration within and beyond the museum’s walls to creatively engage public audiences and stakeholders with the power of the past and to engage our contemporary moment.
  • Researches collections, provides interpretation and analysis of textiles and costume history,, and participates in collaborative teamwork towards creative public engagement that generates public history scholarship, exhibitions, programs, digital outputs, and other public-facing works.
  • Serves as a team member on exhibitions, playing a role in the development of exhibitions, websites, media programs, or public- program activity and/or other outreach activity.
  • Shapes the textile and costume collections, builds knowledge of the collection’s holdings, and fosters its stewardship.
  • Reviews acquisitions, and engages in stewardship, research, and preservation of collections; and plays a part in the spirit of generous participation that nurtures collaboration (within and across departments) at the NMAH; buttresses public history as a profession and advances civic engagement at the national level.
  • Research assignments are of limited scope with readily definable objectives that are expected to result in publicly engaged scholarship, exhibitions, public programs, digital outputs, and other public history works related to the field of costume and textile history.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.


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