Program Officer (Beyond Academia)

6. Februar 2023
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Information about the organization

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a federally chartered, nonpartisan institution that was created by the US Congress to serve as America’s national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and an educational institution dedicated to the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The Museum seeks to educate Americans from all 50 states and all walks of life as well as international audiences. The Museum has three areas of expertise: Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust scholarship and education, and genocide prevention.

In carrying out its important memorial and educational mission, the Museum is guided by its institutional values for our workplace: Honor the memory of the victims; carry out our work with dignity, humility, integrity and respect for others; and strive for excellence through teamwork, rigor, and a culture of continuous learning. Consistent respect for others is the foundation for trust, collegiality and inclusion.

Information about the role

This position is within the Visiting Scholar Programs (VSP) branch in the International Academic Programs (IAP) at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

The mission of the Mandel Center is to strengthen and help shape the field of Holocaust Studies through activities and programs that stimulate new research on Holocaust-related topics; encourage networking and cooperative endeavors among Holocaust scholars; and ensure the training of future Holocaust scholars.

VSP fosters the development of a new generation of scholars through transformative research residency experiences and other programs designed to support scholars at all levels of career, including doctoral candidates, early postdocs, university faculty, and those pursuing or engaged in careers outside of the tenure track or academia. VSP aims to lead the field of Holocaust studies by promoting and supporting innovative, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary scholarship and knowledge produced through significant research conducted in the Museum’s vast archival and artifact collections. VSP provides a forum for network building through exchange and collaboration across methodological and scientific approaches to lead the way towards the integration of the field of Holocaust studies for multi-dimensional growth.

The Mandel Center is launching the Beyond Academia Initiative (BAI) to explore new and innovative ways to support scholars outside the tenure track through postdoctoral fellowships. These fellowships will provide experience working on public history projects with museums and other organizations, teaching opportunities at community colleges and high schools, and time and access to resources so that the fellows can continue their research and present and publish their scholarship. In addition to postdoctoral fellowships, the BAI includes writing workshops, bootcamps, short-term fellowships, and conference travel grants. Through this initiative, the Mandel Center strives to build and grow a research community outside the traditional university setting and foster new scholarship that will contribute to the vitality of Holocaust studies.

The Program Officer creates, develops, plans, promotes, coordinates, and evaluates the BAI and the specific programs that constitute it, including onsite, in-person programs and remote scholarly offerings. Reporting to the Director of VSP, the incumbent is responsible for surveying the field of Holocaust studies and the needs of scholars working outside of the tenure track or academia and using these findings to inform, develop, and implement programming to support them.

This is a full-time donated, five-year term position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position is located in Washington, DC and is telework eligible, within the local commuting area of the Museum worksite.

Duties, and Responsibilities for the role

  • Work with internal and external experts and professionals to plan, promote, implement, manage, and evaluate existing and prospective VSP programs, including the BAI, and related Mandel Center programs as assigned by the Director of VSP.
  • Ensure VSP programs support the strategic goals and objectives of the Mandel Center and the Museum.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with national and international academic, educational, and research institutions and scholarly networks to support programming for the BAI and VSP fellows and participants to foster their research and scholarship about the Holocaust.
  • Participate as a subject-area expert in Mandel Center and other Museum programs.
  • Provide appropriate financial information to the Director of VSP for the development of long-range VSP academic programs and budget planning.
  • Preforms other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications for the role

  • PhD in humanities; familiarity with Holocaust-related subject matter
  • Experience collecting, working with, and analyzing data, as well as reporting findings.
  • Strong organizational and programming skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work strategically towards goals; track, measure, and analyze success indicators; and report progress.
  • Professional knowledge of the philosophies and theories of higher education in a discipline relevant to Holocaust studies (such as history, literature, the social sciences, or related humanities background), and the ability to apply such knowledge in the development and design of programs.
  • Ability to determine future academic programs and outreach activities that will benefit the Mandel Center, VSP, and the BAI.
  • Professional knowledge of and relationships with US and international institutions of higher education and research, as well as networks of US and international scholars in the field of Holocaust studies, and the ability to apply such knowledge in the initiation, development, targeting, implementation, and evaluation of VSP programs and projects.
  • Ability to maintain and expand a broad network of Holocaust studies scholars and others in related fields.
  • Ability to create and use professional and digital outreach methods.
  • Ability to independently devise, organize, target, promote, implement, monitor, and assess all aspects of several academic programs and outreach activities simultaneously and authoritatively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Interested applicants must send their resume and cover letter; applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The Museum is committed to cultivating and maintaining a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI).

Benefits Highlights:

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum values employee wellness, work-life balance and the diversity of what this means for individual employees in life and work. We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package for benefits-eligible employees that includes generous paid leave benefits, health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account with an employer contribution, 403(b) retirement plan with a generous employer match and contribution, group term and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, commuter subsidy, access to two employee assistance programs, as well as voluntary critical illness and accident insurance coverage, long-term care and pet insurance options. Our policies also support telework and other flexible schedule options based on the job, work and team collaboration requirements.

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