U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian
Job Title: Historian
Department: Department Of State
Agency: Department Of State
Sub Agency: Civil Service Personnel-Civil Srvc and Iraq Jobs
Job Announcement Number: PA-2011-0034
Salary Range: $62,467.00 - $81,204.00 /year
Open Period: Monday, April 11, 2011 to Monday, April 25, 2011
Series & Grade: GS-0170-11/11
Position Information: Full-Time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 13
Duty Locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC
Who May Be Considered: Open to all U.S. citizens
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This position is located in the Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of
the Historian, Declassification and Publishing Division. The
incumbent is responsible for reviewing and editing for publication
manuscripts of the Department's statutorily mandated documentary
series, "Foreign Relations of the United States" and other Office
publications and historical reports.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
- Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
- One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
- Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
- Able to obtain/maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance
Serves as analyst and technical editor for the Department's
statutorily mandated documentary series Foreign Relations of the
United States, reviewing and correcting the preliminary technical
editing of the Office staff historians to Foreign Relations
manuscripts, and reviewing the editing, proofreading and indexing
performed on contract.
Participates in managing the dissemination of Office publications on
the Department's World Wide Web site, making recommendations
concerning the format of the material to ensure that electronic
publications are accurate, accessible, and easy to use, and
coordinates the preparation, packaging, production, and design of
Office publications, ensuring that electronic publications are posted
correctly and accurately.
Analyzes, edits, and verifies the texts of the more complex Foreign
Relations manuscripts to ensure that all declassification
determinations by the Department, other agencies, foreign governments
and international organizations, including decisions to withhold
documents or portions of documents from declassification, are fully
and accurately reflected in a final cleared manuscript text to be used
in printing and publication.
Participates in the planning and oversight of the application of
modern electronic technology to the preparation and production of the
Foreign Relations series as well as other Office publications and
reports, and recommends strategies for promoting Office electronic
programs and publications, including defining the scope and parameters
for implementing electronic programs and providing advice on program
enhancement and deadlines.
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Highly-qualified candidates will have documented professional
experience copy-editing manuscripts for style and consistency, and
documented experience editing electronic texts for online publication
and working with digital publishing tools in an electronic publishing
Candidates rated Highly Qualified must also demonstrate the capacity
to perform all of the following:
a.) Editing paper-based documentary manuscripts for publication in an
on-going historical documentary series, ensuring that the material
conveys what it was intended to say, is arranged logically, presents
facts to support the conclusions drawn, is in accordance with style
guides, and is written clearly for intended audiences; consulting with
authors to resolve queries and inconsistencies in both style and
b.) Editing electronic texts for digital publication; using content
management systems for editing and maintaining web sites; using
electronic editing tools such as the TEI-based XML schema for
manuscript encoding; using editing programs such as the oXygen XML
editor; knowledge of electronic databases and query languages such as
XQuery; familiarity with web design tools like HTML, CSS and FTP.