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Job opening: Exhibits Specialist

Salary: $78 592 - 102 166 per year
Published at: Sep 22 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
The primary purpose of the position is to to work on construction and installation of temporary exhibitions, permanent collection galleries, and/or other special projects at the National Gallery of Art. This position is in the Design Department under the direct supervision of the Head of the Exhibits Shop.


Analyze small scale construction plans of exhibitions and permanent collection spaces. Prepare finished installations, construction partitioning, ceilings, panels, cases, cabinetry, and other elements based on the original concept. Consult with supervisors, designers, and production coordinators, providing recommendations for changes and improvements when necessary. Safely executes demolition of partitions, ceilings, cases and other components, while exercising sustainable work practices. Maintains a clean and safe work environment. Accurately replicate existing architectural moldings and construct historical moldings required for installations using shapers, table and band saws, and routers. Determine the type of materials (wood, metal, plastic, glass) required for fabricating cases, panels, graphics, and other complex exhibition components. Estimate material quantities and plan the fabrication and installation schedule accordingly. Determine sound and efficient construction methods for fabricating installations and their components, utilizing various special techniques to achieve high-quality results. Fabricate cradles, inclines, and inserts from various materials to support works of art. Conduct research and develop new fabricating methods to address specific installation challenges. Display constant attentiveness and care when working around and directly with works of art, ensuring compliance with condition requirements of loans, and safeguarding the safety of the art pieces. Install and maintain clear components, including acrylic vitrines and two- and three-dimensional acrylic items. Perform tasks such as cutting, machining, forming, cementing, cleaning, glazing, repairing, removing scratches, finishing, and annealing acrylic materials to achieve the desired final product. Fabricate and install other elements required for exhibition installation, including surface finishing of exhibition background graphics and accessories. Work with various adhesives for mounting various materials and hanging and cropping photographic images. Construct proper structures, including using concrete, to support exterior sculptures, graphics, and exhibit casework. Stay updated with new materials and techniques used in exhibition installation. Utilize unusual and specially ordered materials efficiently and effectively to avoid monetary and time losses.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1010-11. A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is at least one year of experience equivalent in responsibility to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service, working as a carpenter on the construction and installation of temporary exhibitions, permanent collection galleries, and/or other special projects in a museum. Your application and resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must show in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. If asked to do so, cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Demonstrate the ability to solve special problems related to installations, structural challenges, and security concerns for works of art. Ability to foster teamwork and effective communication to ensure successful project execution. Ability to interpret scale details from AutoCAD, Sketchup, and/or hand drawings. Works collaboratively with other departments on projects as directed. Ability to understand and perform various complicated construction techniques using special types of materials for complicated assignments. Shows constant attentiveness and care, ensuring compliance with loan requirements and art safety. Proficient in preparing and installing exhibition elements from construction plans, using various materials and techniques to achieve high-quality results. Knowledge of various construction techniques using special types of materials for complicated assignments.  Note: Applicants who are referred to the hiring office for selection consideration may be required to submit writing and/or work samples as part of the interview/selection process. If the hiring office decides to request a writing and/or work sample as part of its selection process, the vacancy contact will reach out to you by email to: (1) inform you of this requirement; and (2) provide further instructions.  "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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. Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures. CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section. You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Although this position does not have a positive education requirement, you may submit copies of your transcripts or a course listing. You must provide documentation supporting your education claims.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


  • Address National Gallery of Art 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20565 United States
  • Name: Staffing
  • Phone: 202-842-6814
  • Email: [email protected]


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