Chief, Data Management at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Washington, D.C.
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Created: May 9, 2014


The Data Management Branch in the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum surveys the Museum’s vast archival holdings to identify name-list material and other documentation about individuals for inclusion in the Museum’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims (HSV) Database, which centralizes information about the broadest spectrum of victims of Nazi persecution and makes individuals readily searchable by name and by documents and materials connected to them.

The Chief, Data Management, oversees the Resource Center’s databases as well as the World Memory Project, the Museum’s crowdsourcing partnership with The position plays an essential role in the day-to-day operations of the Resource Center and helps to fulfill the goals of the Office of Collections, as stated in our strategic plan, to improve access to our collections, make the readily discoverable, and to expand metadata about Holocaust survivors and victims of Nazi persecution.


Oversees the content and technical aspects of the Museum's indexing and crowdsourcing projects and partnerships, serves as technical liaison, and ensures the Museum's interests in and obligations to the projects are met.  

Oversees the surveying of archival holdings to identify and catalog name-related documentation and the transfer of digitized holdings to partner organizations.

Works closely with partners to evaluate both pre- and post-production indexing projects to ensure materials are indexed accurately as well as appropriately for future inclusion in the HSV Database to support research.

Serves as functional focal point for development, evaluation, and implementation of cataloging methods, technical processing, thesaurus development, access systems, and quality control for the HSV Database.

Plans and oversees implementation of original cataloging for name lists, applying standard library rules and archival standards to ensure widest accessibility.

Establishes and maintains continuous liaison with researchers, scholars, and organizations involved in the collection and creation of name-related data.

Initiates and participates in the identification and evaluation of new information sources and tools such as name-specific databases, archival and library catalogs, microfilm and microfiche collections.

Answers technical and operational questions concerning aspects of HSV Database.

Provides technical oversight and guidance to catalogers, indexers, researchers, and program coordinators to identify, process, sort, and make readily searchable data about survivors and victims of the Holocaust.


At the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level that clearly demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities related to creating and managing data and databases to document personal histories; making them readily searchable, and engaging diverse audiences; identifying and preparing collections for indexing through various crowdsourcing initiatives and partnerships; and, developing, evaluating, and implementing cataloging methods, technical processing, thesaurus development, access systems, and quality control for the various types of databases.

In addition to the above qualification requirements, applicants must meet the following basic education requirements and selective placement factors.

A.  Basic education requirements:

1.  I have completed a 4-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with major study in subject-matter field related to the position, e.g., IT, data management, library science, or related fields of study, in an accredited college or university; OR

2.  Four (4) years of experience that provided knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a discipline or subject-matter field related to this position; and an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field. My experience is equivalent to that which I would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum; OR

3.  I have a combination of education and experience as described above.

B.  Selective Placement Factors:

1.  Broad knowledge of relational databases and basic principles of database concepts, operations, design, and reporting. Specific experience with databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Microsoft SQL Server preferred.

2.  Experience with data extraction, cleanup, manipulation, transformation, normalization, and reuse. Familiarity with tools such as OpenRefine and various data exchange and transfer formats and schema such as CSV, XML, EAD, MARC, Dublin Core preferred.

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