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.
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.
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).
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.