Archivist (4 positions)

Posted to IASSIST on: 2010-07-20

Employer: National Archives and Records Administration

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If you are selected for the Archivist Development Program (ADP), you will participate in a series of individual and group developmental training assignments and projects that will provide you with a broad understanding of archival procedures and processes regarding electronic records accessioning and processing; access review; description; reference; and preservation.

You will receive coaching and mentoring from a senior NARA staff member. Examples of individual developmental assignments may include performing the following activities on NARA’s electronic records: accessioning and processing of records; development and application of records schedules; protecting records and ensuring their proper storage, handling, conservation, and reproduction; interpretation and application of restrictions on records; design and development of substantial descriptive products intended to enable discovery and use of records; delivery of both pro-active and re-active reference service; and performing duties involved with the delivery of advisory services to federal agencies.

In addition to your individual assignments, you will engage with other ADP participants in a series of professional development activities, seminars, and workshops designed to develop your skills in the four competency areas outlined below:

  • Organizational Awareness – Understands the mission and functions of NARA, including NARA’s programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Leadership and Management – Leads and manages people and resources to accomplish project and program goals.
  • Leveraging Technology – Makes effective use of technology to achieve results to support and promote the mission, services, and reach of the National Archives.
  • Collaboration – Develops networks, builds alliances, and collaborates across boundaries with a wide range of stakeholders.

You must have a bachelor’s degree in archival science or bachelor’s degree with a major that included 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. OR You must have a combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours that include courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the basic requirement above, applicants must possess one of the following:

  • One year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-7 level 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. Examples: Experience as an archivist in Federal, State, religious institution, business, or other archives, or in manuscript depositories; 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; OR
  • A master’s degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree that demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position; OR
  • A combination of professional experience and graduate education.

Archived on: 2010-07-30