HomeSpun Curator Vacancy Announcement

May 3, 2010

HomeSpun: Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project, an initiative of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, seeks a Museum Curator to work out of the Program’s Washington, DC office.

The employee serves as the curator for a Smithsonian exhibition (working title: “Homespun“) on the Indian American (i.e., Americans of South Asian Indian origin) experience and will perform research in the subject matter area, reviewing appropriate resources, including scholarly and popular literature; and analyzing and synthesizing materials, and drafting concept and script for the exhibition; and may develop educational programs, including publications and a website to accompany the exhibition.

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Background on the HomeSpun project can be found here.

Please note the announcement will close on May 17, 2010.

Duties

  • Use research methods to examine specific topics in the field of the Indian American experience, (i.e., Americans of South Asian origin) review appropriate resources, including scholarly and popular literature, and analyze and synthesize materials.
  • Develop a draft concept and script for the exhibition; vet the script as appropriate with other scholars and an exhibition advisory board. Also function as the program manager of the exhibition project.
  • Aid the Advisory Council in raising funds for the exhibition and communicate its purpose and progress through talks, presentations, and production of needed materials both in Washington, DC and around the U.S., and via telephone and web-based means.
  • Perform field research, interviewing individuals and groups as appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • Experience: For IS-12:One year of full-time experience at the IS-11 grade that is close or equivalent to the work of this job performing activities such as serving as the principal curator of a museum exhibition documenting the experience of Americans of South Asian origin; performing research and field work; developing exhibition-related educational programs, publications, and/or websites; etc.
  • Experience: For IS-11: One year of full-time experience at the IS-09 grade that is close to or equivalent to the work of this job performing activities such as serving as the assistant curator of a museum exhibition documenting the experience of Americans of South Asian origin; performing research and field work; developing exhibition-related educational programs, publications, and/or websites; etc.
  • Or Education: Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study.
  • 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.

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

Cross-posted from Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program website.

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