What this tells me more than anything

Is how media art is the proprietary art form of the 21st century.  Are you all over it? This appears to be an excellent opportunity:

Smithsonian Institution

Job Title: Media Arts Specialist

Agency: Smithsonian Institution

Sub Agency: Smithsonian

Job Announcement Number: 10A-MR-296474-DEU-SAAM


$74,872.00 – $97,333.00 /year


Wednesday, September 29, 2010 to Tuesday, October 05, 2010




Full-Time, Permanent Federal




1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.


This position is located in the Exhibitions Office, Smithsonian American Art Museum.  The employee provides a wide range of technical advice and services related  to the exhibition, acquisition, and preservation of media arts and archives.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce.  Join us in “Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery.”


  • 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.


Additional Duty Location Info:

1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

  • Works with Curatorial, Exhibition and Registrar staff to plan the application and installation of media art exhibitions and installations.  Coordinates research, documentation, planning, development, production, and gallery installation.
  • Works with staff to elucidate, document and manage the physical care of the Museum’s various media arts archives as well as the collection of technical components related to media arts at the Museum.
  • Provides research on proposed acquisitions including equipment needs, technical specifications for display, and long-term maintenance and storage.
  • Assists in the production of exhibition-related films, videos and video treatments, as well as computer inter-actives that are part of permanent gallery installations and temporary exhibitions.
  • Develops concepts into coherent proposals or treatments, prepares budgets, determines appropriate formats, collaborates on storyboards, and sets the production schedule for a variety of media projects.

Qualifications and Evaluations


One year of full-time experience at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job.  The experience includes activities such as researching, identifying and documenting film, video, audio, computer, inter-active and electronic based artworks; evaluating condition and viability; converting to stable, long-term storage media; planning and implementing installation in exhibitions; preparing user guides and instructing others on installation, exhibition and preservation of media artworks.

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.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


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:

  1. Knowledge of media arts technology and media artists.
  2. Skill in project management, including coordination of deadlines, budgets and staff or contractors.
  3. Skill in written communication for preparation of technical instruction and documentation.
  4. Knowledge of collection management practices of media arts.
  5. Ability to create, produce and edit media components for exhibitions.

Important Note:
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 detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.To preview questions please click here.

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

Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete


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.
  • 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.
  • Clicking the “DONE” tab does not submit your application.  The “DONE” tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time.  To submit your application, click the “FINISH” tab.
  • 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.


Your application package should include the following documents:

  • Detailed resume online through USAJOBS
  • Proof of Veteran’s Preference – DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.


Madalyn Robinson
Phone: 202-633-6339
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: robinsonm@si.edu
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received.  Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your “junk” or “bulk” mail folder depending on your filters.

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 http://www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab “My USAJOBS;” e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

Additional Information:

  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.

  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.

  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

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