Digital Collections Developer

Washington, DC
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Created: March 4, 2013


THE U. S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. The Museum's primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy. Visit us at

The Division of Digital Collections is seeking to hire a Digital Collections Developer responsible for developing and refining functional requirements and design of computer-based tools and systems that relate to processing, identification, and access to the digitized historical assets held in the Office of Collections. 

The Division supports the creation, collection, archiving, and dissemination of Museum’s digital content.  A key function of the Division is to make the Museum's digital collections accessible to users both inside and outside the Museum. 

This is a Donated one (1) year term appointment with benefits, DS-2210-11/12  (Salary Range – $62,467 – $74,872, salary commensurate with experience). 

Working with Human Resources, we have decided to explore new vehicles for recruitment to find the best candidates for our hiring needs.   As a result of this, we will not advertise this position via USAJOBs, and instead will informally distribute the announcement. 

Interested applicants should send their resume to Michael Levy, Director, Digital Collections, at  This job opportunity will close on March 18, 2013.  The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 

The duties and qualification requirements for the above mentioned position is outlined below:

  • Develop software systems to enhance access to Collections materials including digitized archival materials, photographs, and oral histories. 
  • Use systems, tools, and approaches such as modern programming tools; contemporary MVC (model-view-controller) frameworks as embodied in systems such as Ruby on Rails; JQuery/JavaScript; Linux shell scripting; TDD/BDD (test-driven development, behavior-driven development) and code reviews; and source-code control.
  • Plans and develops methods of operation to effectively work with metadata and uses metadata transformation, search, discovery, and user interfaces for Collections cataloging materials.
  • Interact frequently with federal institutions, public and private institutions dealing with similar subject matter collections, private individuals both nationally and internationally, survivors of the Holocaust, and other related individuals working in collections.
  • Develop and deploy open source and commercial software systems such as Blacklight, Archon, and ResourceSpace, as well as digital asset management systems.
  • Test and monitor systems for proper operation.
  • Implement test-driven development and/or behavior-driven development systems to ensure proper operation.


1.  Knowledge of or experience in developing, designing, and deploying applications using contemporary programming and web development languages and frameworks.

2.  Skill in software design, documentation, database design, and software testing and debugging.

3.  Ability to use modern programming languages, development environments and frameworks, and current software development approaches.

4.  Knowledge of accepted metadata standards of representation and exchange that relate to library or collections systems.

5.  Skills in interpersonal, written and verbal communications.

6.  Ability to develop and deploy open source and commercial software systems.

7.  Ability to develop and deploy digital asset management systems.

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Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 20:35 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:45 UTC