One Position: Maryland

Position: Chief Archivist
Location: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Salary: $144,128 – $172,500

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Join the vibrant, community-minded team at Frederick County Public Libraries! We are seeking a creative, energetic, and visionary leader for our Library Collections Department. Located in West-Central Maryland between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, FCPL is a rapidly developing system. By facilitating the public’s freedom to explore, invent, and transform, FCPL connects people to ideas and to each other, helping to foster individual and community growth. This professional managerial and supervisory position is responsible for the general operation and management of the FCPL’s system-wide collection development, including the selection and acquisition of physical and digital library materials. Direct supervision is given to Materials Management and Technical Services staff. Supervision is received from the Associate Director for Support Services.


The position is located in the Archival Affairs Branch in the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Division of the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation (NIHD) of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), with a duty location at the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation, and Research Center in Bowie, MD.


Duties include:

The primary role of the Chief Archivist is to provide comprehensive archival, cataloging and strategic direction for the branch and the Museum, with an emphasis on description and the orchestration of archival processing and cataloging of incoming collections and accretions, and coordination with other staff to ensure and expand physical and digital access to the Museum’s Collection of Record. Additionally, the Chief Archivist serves as a leader in the international field of Holocaust-related archives and archival access, representing the Museum in coordination with the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Division Director and the NIHD Office Head in various national and international organizations, such as EHRI, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.

Ensures intellectual control over collections’ descriptive data through oversight of archival processing and cataloging as well as development and exchange of metadata attached to collections records to other branches in NIHD, including for inclusion in the Digital Asset Management System.

Provides management and policy oversight of the institutional archivist responsible for the retention and disposal of institutional electronic and hard-copy records according to federal guidelines.

Leads the development and implementation of Office-wide practices and policies designed in collaboration with the Archival and Curatorial Affairs Director and Chief Curator, as well as staff from other NIHD divisions and branches to enhance accessibility of Museum collections by researchers and other patrons.

Oversees and reviews answers to archival reference inquiries, in coordination with the Research and Reference Services Division, for other USHMM staff and the public on Museum collections, institutional records, and materials at other institutions.