Chief Archivist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Bowie, Maryland
Posted
Sep 21, 2021
Closes
Sep 28, 2021
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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.

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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

Requirements

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy - mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.

Active Duty Service Members- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).

Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

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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