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Museum Registrar

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $94,796 - $123,234
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Museum Registrar for the CIA, you will serve as the information manager of CIA's museum artifacts for the purpose of creating exhibits and building collections related to the history and practice of intelligence. You will participate in all aspects of collection care: acquisition, record keeping, storage, conservation, loans and deaccessioning. You will also manage the development and maintenance of the museum collection management system to account for museum property and oversee the storage and exhibit environments.

Additionally, the Museum Registrar writes interpretive plans and narratives for the large number of varied exhibits in the CIA museum. You will also participate in interpreting the museum collections to internal visitors as well as through external appearances, such as public presentations, consultations and through the CIA's public website. You are expected to cultivate a varied professional network among other museum professionals, educators, academics, civic organizations, other CIA officers and the wider Intelligence Community.

The CIA Museum promotes an understanding of the craft of intelligence and its role in the broader American experience in historical, present and future contexts. It identifies, documents, and preserves intelligence artifacts for innovative exhibitions and educational programs and is the leader in preserving the history and advancing the culture of CIA to the widest possible audience. In the spirit of partnership with educational, cultural, governmental and community organizations, the CIA Museum creatively manages its resources in ways that are responsive to the needs of a diverse audience.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Museum Studies
    • History
    • Political Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Or, equivalent combination of experience or training with a museum/gallery as a collections manager and/or registrar with demonstrated knowledge of registration practices
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • One (1) year of specialized experience in one or more of the following areas related to museum work:
    • Curation and collections management, including researching and developing documentation
    • Resolving significant operating problems affecting the curation, conservation and exhibition of museum artifacts
    • Project manager for exhibit development in a museum setting
  • Excellent research, organizational and data systems skills
  • Detail oriented and strong critical thinking skills
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to assign, review and supervise the work of others
  • Ability to work independently

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 07:05 PM
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018 04:53 PM

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