Washington, D.C
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Division of the Senior Historian (DSH) in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (MCAHS) at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Division of Senior Historian is responsible for ensuring the historical integrity and rigor of all materials produced by the Museum and for providing historical content support to scholars, outside agencies, journalists, and the public.

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  • Assist in planning and carrying out a variety of research projects in support of the scholarly research program.
  • Serves as an advisor on historical projects, issues, and questions for both internal and external customers.
  • Plans, coordinates and conducts historical research in both primary and secondary historical sources that pertain to the era of the Holocaust and World War II.
  • Attends scholarly conferences related to the Holocaust and, on appropriate occasions, presents papers based on primary-source historical research in the Museum's collection, organizes panels of papers, and comments on the scholarship of others in the field.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required to include overseas travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • On-line resumes must be received by 11:59pm EST of the closing date.
  • An unofficial college transcript must be submitted to verify education
  • requirements.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.



Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Selective Placement Factor (SPF): Failure to meet the SPF will result in your application being removed from further consideration.

1) You must have complete fluency (reading, writing and speaking) of the German language or another language relevant to Holocaust history to research and prepare professional and technical articles, reports, and background briefs.

2) You must also have knowledge of the history of the Holocaust, World War II, 20th century European history as well as post-Holocaust genocides and mass atrocities, and the Nazi regime, to plan coordinate and conduct historical research.


3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Coursework is qualifying if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position of a Historian. A combination of education and experience may also qualify you for this position.

A. Degree: history ; or related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history.


B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown above.

Additional information

Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., military orders, campaign documents such as expeditionary award citation) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the documentation required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To receive selection priority for this position, Displaced Federal service employees must be rated 'well-qualified' or at a score of 90 and above for ICTAP consideration. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap .

E-Verify: USHMM uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify. https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify .

Suitability: If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/

Selective Services: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify you have registered with the Selective Services System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Services Law. See www.sss.gov

Direct Deposit: All new hires must agree to direct deposit of their paychecks to a Banking Institution. Employees will have up to two (2) pay periods from the date they enter on duty to arrange for their direct deposit transaction. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be fined or jailed.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will occur to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements. The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your experience as it relates to the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities and other proficiencies (KSAs) outlined below:

1. Knowledge of historical documentation and sources on the history of the Holocaust, World War II, twentieth-century European history, as well as a sound knowledge of post-Holocaust genocides and mass atrocities, and the Nazi regime, to plan, coordinate and conduct historical research.

2. Knowledge of concepts, methods, and techniques and skill to conduct historical research, using resourcefulness, creative thinking, and organizational skills to collect, evaluate, analyze, and interpret historical facts.

3. Knowledge of and skill to research and prepare professional and technical articles, reports, and background briefs.

Your resume and supporting documentation will then be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. All information contained in your questionnaire must be clearly documented in your resume. If a determination is made that your resume does not match the responses you provided in the assessment questionnaire or that you rated yourself higher than supported by your description of experience and/or education in your resume, the following will take place:
  • Your application will not receive further consideration for this announcement or
  • Your score will be modified to more accurately reflect your qualifications.

Additional details on the application process can be found in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. We recommend that you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents: The following documents should be included with the application package:

1. Résumé

2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

3. Supplemental Documents: (only submit if applicable to you)

- An Unofficial college transcript to verify education requirements.
- Veterans' Preference or VEOA documentation (if applicable)

- Proof of Status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure and SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different). U.S. Holocaust Museum employees do not need to submit their SF-50.

- CTAP/ICTAP documentation (Must have a score of 90 or above to be "Well Qualified"), if applicable - Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation (See Noncompetitive Appointing Authorities under "Other Information")

You can submit "required documents" by "document upload/download" or "fax" using the instructions below. Whichever method you choose, please include the vacancy announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number (SSN) from any documents that you submit. All supplemental materials must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

Document Upload/Download: You may upload/download supporting documents in one of two ways:

1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload/download the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS; or

2. You can download a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Hiring Management if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in the USHMM Hiring Management System by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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