This position is located in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The incumbent is responsible for documenting, preserving and providing access to Latina/Latino material culture and related items in historical context. The incumbent will collaborate with Latina/Latino communities, working with the Archives Center, NMAH staff and the Smithsonian Latino Center.Learn more about this agency
- Develops contacts, projects and partnerships with NMAH curators, the Smithsonian Latino Center and Latina/Latino communities to document, preserve and provide access to Latina/Latino material culture and related items in historical context.
- Explores new and innovative approaches to archival functions, including enhanced use of technology and sharing expertise and authority, to support outreach and collaboration.
- Applies knowledge of basic archival principles, methods, procedures and historical research using subject content matter and interrelationships to appraise, access, arrange and describe records and historic documents in all media.
- Works with the Assistant Director of Collections and Archives to ensure proper care and preservation of the collection and to promote use of the collection by scholars and the public.
- Assists in the development and use of digital preservation and electronic records management tools, guidance, and training to collect, manage, preserve, and provide access to digitized and born digital content.
- Works in collaboration with internal and external partners to develop and support projects through writing grant proposals and managing funded projects.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals (including Veterans recruitment). Excepted Service employees may also apply to this announcement.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
- May need to complete a Probationary Period
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
QualificationsBasic Education Requirements:
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.
B. Combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must possess the following:
Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.
For this position specialized experience is defined as experience collaborating with Latino/a communities on topics of Latino/a history and culture in the United States and the Americas; applying archival standards and methodology to all activities which comprise of archival collections processing, storage, preservation, conservation, disaster planning, and records management; caring for and handling archival materials such as records, images, recordings, oral histories, personal papers and other record types on a wide range of physical media, as well as born digital and digitized content.
In addition to meeting the above requirements, you must also possess AND meet the selective factor requirements listed below:
- Experience researching and collecting Latino material culture and related items in historical context. This experience is demonstrated through products of research such as articles, teaching, lectures, oral histories, archival holdings, ephemera, museum collections, exhibitions, and/or public programming specifically in Latino history and culture.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Or Education: Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
- Proof of Education must be submitted via copies of unofficial/official transcripts.
- You must meet the Selective Factor requirement in order to be considered qualified.
- You must meet the Specialized Experience Statement requirement in order to be considered.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
- Knowledge of collections records, archival materials, fundamental principles and theoretical concepts of professional archival work and historical research techniques related to the history and culture of the Latino/a community.
- Skill in applying archival principles and procedures to manage archival functions related to the retention, disposition, organization, preservation, maintenance, inventory and development of archival collections.
- Ability to appraise, assess, and preserve archival records and collections, as well as special formats and media found within collections.
- Knowledge of digital preservation practices and electronic records management and access technologies.
- Ability to work collaboratively on projects and teams with internal and external partners.
Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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Background checks and security clearance
Your application package should include the following documents:
- Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
- Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
- Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
- Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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- You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
- You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
- The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
- If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
Agency contact information
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POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Washington, District of Columbia 20013-7012
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