The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for a dedicated individual to join the Office of Collections, Division of the Curatorial Affairs to support our mission. The Division of Curatorial Affairs is responsible for the growth, refinement and accessibility of the Museum’s holdings of art, artifacts, photographs, documents, film, video, music, testimonies and other original and copied material evidence that documents the events of the Holocaust. The collection includes both original materials acquired by donation and/or purchase, as well as duplicated archives, film and Photographs acquired from institutional or private sources with permission to use for reference purposes.
The Curatorial Affairs Division is seeking an Archivist, who, under direct supervision of the Chief Archivist, will arrange and describe newly-acquired archival and manuscript collections, and assist with the acquisition of such collections. The Archivist will conduct research regarding the history and provenance of archival collections; assist in the appraisal of collections offered for donation; arrange moderately complex archival and manuscript collections; and create catalog records and finding aids for such collections. This is a full-time term position, not to exceed one year, with the possibility of renewal. Position is (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s donated funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Conducts research regarding history and provenance of collections and provides information to other Archivists to appraise collections offered for donation and accessioning Collections may include special media, electronic collections, textual records, microfilm, photographs, music, and graphic materials.
• Arrangement: Analyzes and arranges archival and manuscript collections. This involves studying the origin and subject matter content of records and conducting research both in records and in secondary sources and reconstructing the original classification or filing scheme of records.
• Description: Creates catalog records and finding aids for collections with moderately – complex subject matter, using archival descriptive standards (DACS), and cataloging thesauri (LCSH).
• Preservation and Rehabilitation: As required carries out holdings maintenance of records in need of rehabilitation.
• Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution with an emphasis or coursework in archival practice, or a master’s degree in History or a related field;
• Professional knowledge of basic archival principles and techniques; including familiarity including familiarity with archival descriptive and metadata standards and tools, such as DACS,LCSH, and MARC21.
• Knowledge of the history of the Holocaust and historical research methods to use archival collections and related resources.
• Basic knowledge of available finding aids and research tools regarding archive holdings.
• Reading knowledge of at least one non-English European language desired.
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to present findings.
• Ability to use an electronic data bases and/or cataloging software.
Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to careers(at)ushmm.org. Please include both your resume and cover letter in a single PDF or Word document titled “First Name Last Name”. This job opportunity will close on May 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Salary history may be required during the interview process. For more information about the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, please visit http://www.ushmm.org. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.