DPAA Historian


NOTE: This is an 8-month CONTINGENT position.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • 5 years of professional historical research experience (includes educational experience) 
  • Masters’ degree in History or related field with a strong understanding of US Military History, preference for research background in WWII-Pacific Theatre, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam War
  • Strong written and oral communication skills evidenced by publication and conference presentation record
  • Demonstrated history of writing for a wide, non-specialist audience
  • Knowledge of relevant primary and secondary source material
  • Experience with archival research
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented, with excellent time management skills
  • Able to work well independently as well as in a team environment

Critical Work Responsibilities:

  • Organize, enhance, and maintain current unresolved service member case files
    • Identify cases requiring the organization and collation and, if needed, make record requests to the DPAA Records Room Point of Contact (POC)
    • Identify the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) and create case files in the Case Management System (CMS) and enter pertinent information
    • Re-distribute records currently in CMS into the proper new file(s) as appropriate
    • Scan and file records into the appropriate case file folder
  • Conduct independent historical research and writing
    • Perform complex, targeted historical research on-line and through archival research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, MD to locate and identify data associated with missing service members from past conflicts to advance Fullest Possible Accounting objectives
    • Write case summaries
    • Peer review case summaries, case narratives, and historical reports
    • Upload reports into their proper folders in the CMS
  • Assist with related activities for DPAA’s Indo-Pacific Directorate
    • Provide oversight of administrative, technical, cost, quality, schedule, and performance
    • Report significant deviations in project cost, schedule, and/or parameters
    • Follow all appropriate DPAA policies and procedures
    • Submit monthly status reports to include schedule, cost, and staffing
  • Generate a final report under the supervision and direction of the SNA Program Manager and Contract Lead that will include such information as:
    • Summarize the final organization and location of all case files, providing metrics, remaining gaps, and recommendations for future efforts
    • Review current process and develop a process flow
    • Identify average processing times and work requirements
    • Recommend areas for improvement, if identified, to increase operational efficiency
  • Protect the organization by keeping information confidential
  • Follow all client policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned consistent with the position for which you were hired
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