This position is located in the Archives Division of the Collections and
Research Department of the National Air and Space Museum
(NASM). The employee provides professional archival
principles and methods of appraisal, arrangement, preservation, and
description to acquired archival materials.
The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in
"Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."
* Accesses archival collections and processes arrangements, descriptions, and preservation of archival record units.
* Digitizes a variety of images and archival materials such as, photographs, negatives, slides, transparencies, letters, diaries, albums, drawings, sketches, booklets, scrapbooks, ledgers, etc.
* Maintains metadata on scanning processes and image files in digital asset management database system, reference service and research assistance.
* Participates in outreach activities and other duties in support of the mission.
All applicants must meet these Basic 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
[B] Combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours that
included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must have one
year one year of full-time experience equivalent to at least the next lower
grade that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience
includes activities such as inventorying, arranging, and describing archival
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: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to a master's or equivalent degree listed above may be substituted to
meet the experience requirements. Or
Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic
qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of
education in the field may be qualifying. 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/or proof of U.S. accreditation for
foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the
"Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity
announcement closing date.
For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards
Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications
described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be
evaluated further against the following criteria:
Knowledge of archival principles and techniques.
Knowledge of historical research methodology and the use of various types of
records for research.
Knowledge of automated archival systems.
Skill in the use of computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite,
especially Excel and Word, including digital imaging applications, formats,
and resolutions for archival materials such as Adobe
Ability to communicate orally for both archival and administrative purposes.
Ability to communicate in writing for both archival and administrative
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one
of three category groups based on job-related criteria:
Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in
most of the job related competencies above.
Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies
most of the job related competencies above.
Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not
satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.
This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply
the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead
of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may
make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no
preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference
eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or
3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification
requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at
least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when
the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade
level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs
system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be
considered for this position. Important Note: Your resume and supporting
documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational
questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is
made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you
will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.
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