Archives and Education Director Position

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Jackson Co. Historical Society Archives and Education Director

Position Reports To: Executive Director

Location: Independence, Missouri

Primary Function: To preserve, catalogue, and make accessible archival records and to create and implement educational programming


·         Bachelor’s Degree in history or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Minimum preferred 3-5 years’ experience working in archives/ museums.

·         Experience with cataloguing and providing reference services, preferably in a research or museum library.

·         Knowledge of current archival arrangement and description standards.

·         Knowledge of computer standards and applications in archives and libraries.

·         Ability to work independently and manage highly sensitive material in a confidential and secure manner.

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, excellent problem solving and interpersonal skills.

Job Specific Competencies:

·         Manage arrangement, description, and creation of access tools for archival records, including correspondence, photographs, financial records, administrative files, and publications.

·         Determine data entry and cataloging standards for the archival collections.

·         Manage and maintain archival databases, finding aids, and inventories.

·         Provide reference and research services to patrons.

·         Establish policies and procedures for the Archives and Research Library.

·         Serve as an ex-officio member of the Publications Committee, and execute the plans for periodic or singular publications as approved by that committee.

·         Use sound judgment in establishing priorities and implementing an effective work schedule.

·         Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements:

·         Mobility required to conduct business in other locations.

·         Ability to reach and lift boxes of books or papers weighing approximately 50 pounds.

·         Ability to hear and talk effectively and positively with Society employees, volunteers, patrons, and members of area organizations and government agencies.

·         Ability to coordinate multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously with minimal supervision.

Visual Requirements: Extensive computer use, reading of typewritten, handwritten, and digital documents.

Working Conditions: Position works closely with material that may cause allergic reactions, particularly to dust, and in areas with little ventilation.

Technology Proficiency: Microsoft Office, PastPerfect Museum Software, scanning, copying.

Compensation: Salary $32,000-$35,000

This is a full time position with ten paid vacation days, five paid sick days, and no health care benefits.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to with ‘Archives and Education Director' in the subject line.