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Project Archivist and Manager

Post Date: July 21, 2023
  • Organization Name: Connecticut Museum of Culture and History
  • Organization URL: http://www.connecticutmuseum.org
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Contact Email Address: spresutti@connecticutmuseum.org
  • Contact Phone Number:
  • Deadline: August 20, 2023
  • Reports to: Chief Curator of Collections
  • Department: Collections
  • Classification: Non-exempt

General Description:

The Project Manager is a key member of the Project Team at Connecticut Museum of Culture and History and will oversee the day-to-day activities associated with the American Revolution Papers Digitization Project to digitize and catalog documents related to the American Revolution. The Project Manager will work closely with Connecticut Museum’s Archivist to implement standards and workflows. The Project Manager will perform and also supervise the two project catalogers that will perform the following project-related duties – processing collections, performing research, creating online catalog records, adding contextual and administrative metadata to records, developing finding aids, and digitizing materials.

This is a full time, three-year federally funded contract position.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent’s specific duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Hiring, training, managing, evaluating, and supervising the work of the project catalogers;
  • In consultation with department staff, identifying, prioritizing, assigning, and tracking project tasks;
  • Developing project plans, schedules, and progress reports;
  • Tracking, preparing reports, and providing information related to project and collections processed as part of the project;
  • Communicating and collaborating with colleagues in the collections department as well as across the organization and outside scholars in planning, execution, and promotion of the project;
  • Preparing and delivering public presentations related to overall project or collections processed as part of project activities, as assigned;
  • Learning and making recommendations to improve Connecticut Museum’s procedures related to OCLC Record Manager, Bibliovation, ArchivesSpace, and the Connecticut Digital Archive;
  • Cataloging collections using institutionally-adopted techniques, technology, and standards – including paper and digital formats;
  • Ensuring collections items related to the project are stored properly and ensuring locations are recorded in Connecticut Museum’s collection management system;
  • Performing primary and secondary research on archive collections and related historical topics;
  • Other project or Connecticut Museum-related duties as requested or assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent experience with concentration in archives management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, including experience processing archival records and conducting archival research
  • Knowledge and experience working with library collections, including how to properly handle historical and/or fragile documents and how to properly house archival material;
  • Ability to manage teams and plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects;
  • Flexibility and excellent time management skills;
  • Excellent and consistent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Affinity for excellent internal and external customer service;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills; as well as a proven ability to keep accurate and detailed records;
  • Ability to assess problems and develop possible solutions;
  • Exhibit proven reliability and trustworthiness;
  • Positive demeanor;
  • Experience using digitization equipment;
  • Knowledge of programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, OCLC or Bibliovation and the Connecticut Digital Archive preferred;
  • Knowledge of people and events that took place during the American Revolution is preferred, but not required;
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.

 

About the project:

American Revolution Papers Digitization Project

The American Revolution Papers Digitization Project was planned in anticipation of the country’s semi‐quincentennial anniversary, and will elevate, contextualize, and make more accessible a collection of nationally significant 18th‐century manuscript holdings in the Connecticut Museum’s collection that relate to the political, military, professional, personal, and cultural lives of Connecticut’s diverse population.

 

Schedule
Full time (3 year Federally-funded grant), Monday through Friday, occasional remote work opportunities.

Compensation
Mid to high $50,000s annualized.

Benefits
Eligible for generous full employee benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability, employer contributions to 403(b) plan, and paid vacation and sick days.

How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources, spresutti@connecticutmuseum.org, by August 20, 2023. Finalist group of candidates will provide three references (preferably current or former managers) with telephone numbers and email addresses.

Connecticut Museum is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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