Archivist Job in WASHINGTON, DC

Vacancy No. Department Headquarters, NASA
Salary $81,548.00 to $126,062.00 Grade 12 to 13
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/12/2018 Close Date 1/26/2018
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


  • Open & closing dates

    01/12/2018 to 01/26/2018

  • Salary

    $81,548 to $126,062 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12 - 13

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Full Time

  • Appointment type



1 vacancy in the following location:

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  • Duties



    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 The archivist is responsible for managing, maintaining, and enhancing the NASA Headquarters Historical Reference Collection, the historical reference service available to NASA personnel, NASA-sponsored historical researchers, and researchers in other agencies, universities, the media and the general public.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 is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ18D0013, open to all U.S. Citizens. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.

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

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

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

    A master's degree is highly desired, but not required.

    To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

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identification, analysis, evaluation, processing, description, indexing, preservation, storage, and retrieval of NASA historical documents for research and reference purposes across NASA.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

    Serves as Senior Archivist and Technical Information Specialist responsible 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.

    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/career-conditional appointments OR employed by an agency with an OPM interchange agreement. Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement. VEOA eligibles. Individuals eligible for special hiring authorities [VRA, 30% or more disabled veterans, Schedule A for individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps, AmeriCorps & VISTA employees, certain military spouses, certain former overseas employees]. NASA term employees with conversion eligibility.

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