Working at the Smithsonian
Contracting and Procurement
- The Office of Contracting provides high quality and efficient preparation,
solicitation, negotiation, award, and administration of contracts for the goods and services needed to operate the
Institution. It contracts for multi-million dollar construction and renovation projects, architect-engineering services,
design and fabrication of museum exhibits, information technology, office equipment and bamboo supplies for the pandas.
The unique operations and requirements of the Smithsonian make these positions especially challenging and rewarding.
- The staff that performs these duties includes both contract specialists and
attorneys. In addition, the attorneys solicit, negotiate and award various business contracts involving intellectual property,
including loan exhibition, publication, product development and licensing, music & image licensing, and film agreements for the
Institution. Contract Specialists have business degrees and progress in salary and responsibility as they gain knowledge and
experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Attorneys have passed the Bar and have experience with Uniform
Commercial Code contracts.
"Working at the Smithsonian"