Supervisory Museum Curator (Assistant Director)

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Supervisory Museum Curator (Assistant Director)


The Assistant Director serves as a member of the curatorial staff for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The position specializes in the following specialty programs: political history, social history, civil rights, social justice, community life, domestic life, institutional life, science, education, African American Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, 19th Century American history, 20th century American History or LGBTQ+.

In this position, you will:

  • Conduct research, identify relevant objects, write scripts, and provide leadership.
  • Conduct work which may result in a variety of publicly accessible forms, including gallery exhibitions, online digital exhibitions, books or articles, live public programs, etc.  Correspond with donors, researchers, and colleagues.
  • Play a key role in shaping the national collection, deepening knowledge of the collection’s holdings, and fostering its stewardship.
  • Actively participate in professional circles relevant to the museum’s work by regularly giving talks within and outside the museum, consulting, organizing, and participating in workshops and symposia, presenting at major professional conferences and events.  Play a senior leadership role in the institution’s interpretive work, initiating and leading complex projects that shape institutional priorities and approaches.
  • Oversee the establishment of goals, articulation of priorities, development of schedules and checklists, and the assignment of tasks. Formulate goals and priorities to ensure most efficient use of personnel and available funds. Evaluate performance; encourage a team-based approach to project planning and implementation; prepare adverse or disciplinary actions.

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.
  • May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period for supervisors.
  • U.S. citizenship


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Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on OPM Website.


Basic Education Requirement:

  1. Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.


  2. Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, 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 as shown above.

In addition to the basic education requirement above:

You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service.  For this position, specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience leading and/or supervising staff; initiating, developing and conducting research in the field of history (which includes political history, social history, civil rights, social justice, community life, domestic life, institution life, science, education African American Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, 19th Century American history, 20th century American History or LGBTQ+); managing museum collections, exhibitions, preservation, publications; responding to queries relating to research, collections, exhibitions, and public outreach; contributing to historical collections documentation.

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.

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.


This position has a positive education requirement.  Unofficial transcripts are required.

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Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Executive (CEO, Director, President)
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): $150,000+
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