Smithsonian Seeking Supervisory Research Anthropologist

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The Smithsonian Institution is looking for a research anthropologist with experience in archives. Applications for this position are due by November 30, 2021.


  • Serves as Supervisory Anthropologist of the National Anthropological Archives (NAA), which includes the Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA).
  • Manages the NAA and HSFA  and uses judgement and initiative to develop collections goals and plans, including preparation of annual budget, which mirror Department and Museum goals and plans.
  • Oversees the preservation, security and safekeeping of the archival collections.
  • Oversees the processing of archival collections and preparation for digitization, including organization, arrangement, description (finding aids and inventories) and preservation, and the tracking of these activities.

Applicants must have successfully completed a full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in anthropology, history, biology, physical science, geology, human geography, or other closely related fields that primarily concern human adaptation to the environment or evolutionary development.

Applicants qualify for this position if they have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position specialized experience is defined as experience supervising or leading an anthropological program involving research and archival functions in a museum or archive with Indigenous or world cultural heritage materials informed by the principles of cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics or folklore.

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. Applicants 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. Applicants should note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

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