• Conceives, conceptualizes, and implements community-based linguistic and/or cultural revitalization projects within the context of larger cultural revitalization. Develops and manages teams of diverse experts and community members to address diverse exigencies of linguistic and/or cultural revitalization projects. Identifies and recruits team members whose expertise will increase the likelihood of success on individual projects.
  • Serves as consultant and expert advisor on cultural and/or linguistic revitalization matters and on professional matters in the field, such as exhibitions, review of research proposals, manuscripts, and published materials.
  • Conceives, conceptualizes, and recommends appropriate presentations related to cultural and linguistic revitalization as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Web features and virtual exhibitions, archival user resources, visual media creations, special Folklife exhibitions, cultural heritage policy initiatives, and other products as assigned. Researches the areas of presentation extensively through examination of the literature; Folklife and/or linguistic fieldwork documentation and analysis; and personal contacts.
  • Designs and/or coordinates presentations across multiple CFCH platforms, such as Folklife Festival programs, traveling exhibitions, Web features, videos, archival user resource products, and cultural heritage policy formulations. Conceptualizes, writes, and edits publications for peer-reviewed journals and Internet publication.
  • Conceptualizes and oversees the scripting, production, and/or editing of documentaries (films, videos, sound recordings) that present folk life and linguistic diversity.
  • Conceive, conceptualize, and develop proposals for funding and other efforts to secure resources needed to support cultural and linguistic revitalization efforts at CFCH.


  1. Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field such as the following: linguistics, folklore, anthropology or a museum studies degree;
  2. Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study in linguistics, folklore, anthropology or museum studies.

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess 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 serving as an expert advisor on cultural and linguistic revitalization matters involving one of the following four: exhibitions, review of research proposals, manuscripts, or published materials. Experience also includes conceiving presentations related to cultural and linguistic revitalization for two of the following seven areas: festivals, web features, virtual exhibitions, videos, traveling exhibitions, cultural heritage policy initiatives or archival user resources products.

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.