Current Job Openings

The American Jewish Historical Society is seeking a part-time Project Archivist.  


Reporting directly to the Director of Archival Partnerships with assistance from the Director of Collections and Engagement, the Project Archivist will arrange, describe and preserve collections of institutional records and personal papers in accordance with professional best practices and institutional guidelines; partner with archives staff  to determine project priorities, evaluate potential access restrictions, and resolve arrangement questions; recommend the selection of materials for digitization; assist with quality assurance procedures for digital assets; create EAD finding aids; and edit existing finding aids to reflect new accretions. 


Salary: $27-$32/hour 

Term of project: 3 months, with the possibility of extension 


Responsibilities include: 

  • Survey, arrange, describe, and rehouse archival collections and accretions to existing collections in accordance with best practices and AJHS-specific guidelines and vocabularies 

  • Assess confidentiality and privacy restrictions  

  • Contribute to selection of materials for digitization and support digitization process  

  • Create archival description using ArchivesSpace

  • Produce social media and other content to raise public awareness of newly processed materials 

  • Contribute to documentation on processing, encoding, and preservation 

  • Participate in AJHS’ general reference work, including paging materials to the Reading Rooms for researchers 


Required Skills: 

  • Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science, Archival Studies, or a related field or equivalent professional experience with formal coursework in archival management 

  • 2-4 years of processing experience, preferably on large institutional collections 

  • Knowledge of archival best practices and standards 

  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace

  • Ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a complex organizational environment 

  • Familiarity with EAD and MARC standards 

  • Capacity to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing 

  • Analytical skills and detail orientation 

  • Superb writing, proofreading, and editing skills 


Please send resume and cover letter to: / Subject: Part-time project archivist position