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    The Archivist position serves as the lead for policy guidance on archival issues across the agency, reporting to the Chief Historian in the History Division within the Office of Communications. Provides historical archival and technical information to the aerospace field. The archivist is responsible for managing, maintaining, and enhancing the NASA Headquarters Historical Reference, the historical reference service available to NASA personnel, NASA-sponsored historical researchers, and researchers in other agencies, universities, the media and the general public.


    This position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 grade level.

    The full performance level for this position is GS-13.

    This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ17D0016, open to all U.S. citizens. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.

    Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume for every federal position you have held.

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    This position serves as Senior Archivist and Technical Information Specialist responsibility for the acquisition, analysis, indexing, updating, management, accessing, and retrieval of all materials in the NASA Historical Reference Collection. Responsible for the identification, evaluation, and description of all NASA Documents, including digital records, that may have historical value.

    Manages NASA's archival activities by collecting, appraising, arranging, accessioning, inventorying, recording, preserving, and archiving historical materials into the NASA Historical Reference Collection. Manages the physical and intellectual control over the holdings of the collection, ensures the coherency and optimal maintenance of the collection; ensuring ready access for researchers.

    Provides expert policy guidance and recommendations on procedures relating research services, identification, analysis, evaluation, processing, description, indexing, preservation, storage, and retrieval of NASA historical documents for research and reference purposes. Collaborates with NASA Records Management officials in ensuring the historical collection, preservation, and the digital records process are in compliant with regulatory requirements, policies and procedures.

    Conducts and manages comprehensive, retrospective, complex information, literature and data searches for NASA and other Federal officials, academic institutions, media, and private sector organizations, and the general public. Edits a variety of historical publications as required to include books, manuscripts, and professional journals and media articles. Represents NASA at aerospace information activities for ensuring the agency's collections and processes are in compliant and consistent with policies and procedures.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current federal employees on career or career-conditional appointments, reinstatement eligibles, veterans who have preference or who separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service, & NASA term employees eligible for conversion. Candidates eligible under special authorities (e.g., persons with disabilities, National Service [Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA], Veterans Recruitment Appointments) may also apply.

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