Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Full Time

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.  These authorities are subject to change.

Who May Apply

Organizational Location: This position is located in the ICE Office of Information Governance and Privacy, Records Division, Washington, DC.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass drug screen for federal employment
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Ability to pass background investigation
  • Basic Requirements:

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established minimum education requirements for the Archivist occupation.  In order to meet this basic requirement, you must possess a:  

    • Bachelor's degree in archival science or bachelor's degree with a major that includes 18 semester hours in archival 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, or government; or a
    • Combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours that included courses as shown in A 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.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    In addition to meeting the above basic education requirements, you must also meet the minimum qualifications for this position.

    You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service, performing duties such as: 

    • Collecting, analyzing and appraising information having historical or archival values;
    • Arranging documents within functional organizational categories in alphabetical, chronological, numeric, subject, or other order;
    • Performing records preservation activities (e.g. assessment of record condition, climate monitoring, foldering, re-boxing, or rehousing);
    • Reviewing records to verify that the descriptions of the records capture the elements of information needed by all record users; and
    • Responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiries from members of the public who are seeking technical assistance or information.


    National Service Experience (i.e. volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including 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.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


    Requirements by Closing Date: You must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Security Clearance: You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

    OGE 450: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment.

    Top Secret


    As an Archivist with the ICE Office of Information Governance and Privacy (IGP), Records Division, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of policy, procedures, and guidance for the archiving and management of records created and maintained by ICE. Typical work assignments include:

    1. Records Appraisal and Disposition - Analyzing and evaluating the value of records and determining which records to retain, discard, or destroy.
    2. Archival Records Arrangement and Description – Considering records under study in relation to ICE's activities and organization.
    3. Preservation and Rehabilitation – Safeguarding records from deterioration, damage or destruction, or from impairment of their value.
    4. Documentary Publication, Historical Editing, and the Exhibit or Archival Materials – Determining materials appropriate for publication, editing, and exhibition.
    5. Reference Services – Making records available as requested.

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