Archival Collections Manager
Job posted to this site on October 4th at 8:57pm
If you are seeking an exciting archival management opportunity, look no further. JDC, a leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization established in 1914, seeks an Archival Collections Manager to join a team of talented professionals at the JDC Archives. This position will oversee the cataloguing of global archives that describe, preserve, and make accessible the documentary record of JDC’s worldwide humanitarian relief activities throughout the past century and beyond. This role requires extensive processing experience and excellent project management, assessment, and relational skills.
This is an excellent role for candidates with a background in managing archival collections, archivists, and archival cataloguing supervisors. Given the depth and breadth of JDC's overseas activity, this role presents an opportunity to work with one of the most important repositories in the world for modern Jewish history and Jewish communities around the world.
NOTE: Due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, JDC has decided to protect our current and future employees by managing our business remotely and developing a set of extensive COVID-19 policies. Interviewing, onboarding and each role day-to-day are being conducted remotely for most positions. Please consider that our roles will not be fully remote long-term; most roles will shift to a hybrid model requiring in-office attendance 2 days/week once we're safe to do so following the guidance of local health authorities’ and the CDC. JDC’s return to office is currently anticipated for 2022.
What will you do as an Archival Collections Manager?
- Process, describe, re-house, and maintain physical and intellectual control over JDC’s historical records, regardless of format, using online archives management system
- Supervise Processing Archivist and Film & Photo Archivist
- Create online finding aids for collections as digitization is completed
- Maintain and communicate uniform standards and professional practices for global processing work to NY and Jerusalem-based staff
- Provide expertise and advice to Archives colleagues and to other departments on topics pertaining to information creation, storage, access, and disposition
- Play a key role in developing forward-looking archival strategy to ensure integrity and future accessibility of born-digital records
- Aid in records management activities, including addressing queries from other departments, coordinating destruction process for relevant records, etc.
- Contribute to development of new oral history project, including assessment of metadata fields, creation of new database records in IDEA, and management and storage of original elements
- Assist in all aspects of work with vendors—both as direct liaison and assisting colleagues’ work
- Assist with deliverables for individual and institutional grant funders and other potential fundraising projects
What qualifications do you need to be our Archival Collections Manager?
- Prior professional experience with processing and cataloguing archival records required; experience managing one or more direct reports preferred
- Graduate degree in information/library sciences, history, or related field required
- Familiarity with current developments and best practices in archives management and knowledge of archival management systems required
- Knowledge of global Jewish culture (e.g. terms, holidays) required; interest in and knowledge of Jewish history strongly preferred
- Excellent organizational and planning skills, with the ability to multi-task
- Analytical skills and detail orientation
- Superb writing, proofreading, and editing skills
- Excellent relational skills, with ability to work both on one’s own and with others within a dynamic, global, and multi-skilled department and throughout the organization
- Project management skills and acumen
- Managerial skills, such as the ability to set clear expectations, provide coaching where needed, and grow staff over time
- Technological requirements: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; Knowledge of archival management systems (e.g. ArchivesSpace and CollectiveAccess), HTML, WordPress, and Excel; experience with or ability/interest to learn databases such as IDEA
- Digital archiving certification a plus
- Employment Type: Full-Time
- Hours: 35 hours/week, 8:45AM – 4:45PM
- Location: New York, NY
- Reports to: Director of Global Archives
- Job Function/Department: Archives
What are the compensation and benefits for an Archival Collections Manager?
This a full-time salaried position paid semi-monthly. This role is exempt per the FLSA.
We offer an excellent benefits and compensation package, including but not limited to:
- 100% paid medical and dental insurance for employee coverage
- Paid time off, including vacation days, sick and personal days, and Jewish and national holidays
- Paid parental leave policy
- 403(b) with JDC contributions of 6.5% of salary
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), commuter benefits, and life insurance
- Learning & Development: Ongoing opportunities for professional development through workshops and trainings with our internal L&D program
Why work at JDC?
- The People – What we hear most from our team members is that they enjoy working with others who share their passion for doing good; Our staff aim to use their skills to make a positive difference in the lives of others
- A Global Environment – you will have the opportunity to develop a global perspective, working with staff from the U.S., Israel, the Former Soviet Union, and all over the world
- Tikkun Olam – This Jewish value of “repairing the world” is deeply important to us. Collectively we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others
Equal Employment Opportunity
JDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As the world’s leading global Jewish humanitarian organization, we are committed to treating people with compassion and respect. All qualified applications will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, mental disorder, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
Submit your resume and cover letter here.
Application Deadline: October 22, 2021
Expected Start Date: December
JDC -- the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or "The Joint" -- is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. We rescue Jews in danger, provide aid to vulnerable Jews, develop innovative solutions to Israel’s most complex social challenges, cultivate a Jewish future, and lead the Jewish community’s response to crises. For over 100 years, our work has put the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility into action, making JDC essential to the survival of millions of people and the advancement of Jewish life across the globe.
For more information, please visit www.JDC.org.
How to Apply
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