Chief Archivist, US Holocaust Memorial Musuem

By IS Lab September 16, 2021

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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.

Job Responsibilities

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 does the following:

  • 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.

Job 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: 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.’


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