Chief Archivist

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Location
    Bowie, Maryland
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Oct-01-2021
  • Posted
    Aug 30

Position description

The position is located in the Archival Affairs Branch in the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Division of the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation (NIHD) of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), with a duty location at the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation, and Research Center in Bowie, MD. 

Responsibilities

Duties include:

·      The primary role of the Chief Archivist is to provide comprehensive archival, cataloging and strategic direction for the branch and the Museum, with an emphasis on description and the orchestration of archival processing and cataloging of incoming collections and accretions, and coordination with other staff to ensure and expand physical and digital access to the Museum’s Collection of Record. Additionally, the Chief Archivist serves as a leader in the international field of Holocaust-related archives and archival access, representing the Museum in coordination with the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Division Director and the NIHD Office Head in various national and international organizations, such as EHRI, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.

Ensures intellectual control over collections’ descriptive data through oversight of archival processing and cataloging as well as development and exchange of metadata attached to collections records to other branches in NIHD, including for inclusion in the Digital Asset Management System.

Provides management and policy oversight of the institutional archivist responsible for the retention and disposal of institutional electronic and hard-copy records according to federal guidelines.

Leads the development and implementation of Office-wide practices and policies designed in collaboration with the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Director and Chief Curator, as well as staff from other NIHD divisions and branches to enhance accessibility of Museum collections by researchers and other patrons.

Oversees and reviews answers to archival reference inquiries, in coordination with the Research and Reference Services Division, for other USHMM staff and the public on Museum collections, institutional records, and materials at other institutions.

 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

15

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

 

·       The USHMM is an equal opportunity employer.

·       You must be a U.S. citizen or national to apply.

·       This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

·       As a condition of employment, all new hires must agree to direct deposit of their salary checks.  Employees will have up to two (2) pay periods from the date they enter on duty to arrange for their direct deposit transaction.

·       This is a Federal agency.  Former employees who received a voluntary separation incentive (“buyout”) must repay the full amount of it if reemployed under any type of appointment or under a personal service contract within five years after separation with a buyout.

·       On-line resumes must be submitted by 11:59pm EST of the closing date.

·       You must be a suitable for Federal employment.

·       You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).

·       A one year probationary/trial period may be required.

·       A one- year supervisory probationary period may be required. 

·       Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized.

·       The USHMM is an equal opportunity employer.

·       This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. 

·       As a condition of employment, all new hires must agree to direct deposit of their salary checks.  Employees will have up to two (2) pay periods from the date they enter on duty to arrange for their direct deposit transaction. 

·       This is a Federal agency.  Former employees who received a voluntary separation incentive (“buyout”) must repay the full amount of it if reemployed under any type of appointment or under a personal service contract within five years after separation with a buyout.

 

Qualifications

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards. 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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


 

YOU MUST MEET BOTH THE BASIC OPM REQUIREMENT AND THE SPECAILIZED EXPERIENCE TO QUALIFY

Basic OPM Requirement:

1.       Bachelor's degree or above in archival science or bachelor's degree or above with a major that includes 18 semester hours in archival or library science, history and/or in political science or government , and 12 semester hours in one or any combination of the following: archival science, history, American civilization, economics, political science, public administration, government, European studies, Area studies, or Cultural studies. You must submit a copy of your transcripts.

2.      OR  A combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours that included courses as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. NOTE: Professional experience must have been in archival science, or in a directly related field of work such as history that involved the collection, appraisal, analysis, or synthesis of information having historical or archival values. The following are illustrative of kinds of experience that may be accepted as meeting the professional experience requirements: (1) experience as an archivist in Federal, state, religious institution, business, or other archives, or in manuscript depositories, and (2) experience of an archival nature that involved research in archival science, or in a directly related field such as history, government, economics, political science, international relations, or international law. 


 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 (or equivalent) grade level in the Federal government, performing the following duties:

Working with the Digital Access Division to prioritize and influence digitization efforts and the enhancement of finding aids; OR supervising the activities of a team of archivists and catalogers who specialize in various media and subject areas OR developing and implementing archival standards and practices for the organization that meet or exceed the international standards of the archival field.  

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***Failure to submit required documentation will result in an ineligible rating.

Education

 

THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT, PLEASE SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION.

 

Additional information

 

Selective Service: This link provides information on the Selective Service System Registration. http://www.opm.gov/fedregis/1999/64r28713.pdf If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible, you may receive selection priority. You must apply and be found to be well-qualified.

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