Topic ID #36986 - posted 5/2/2016 1:48 PM

Archival Collections Manager


The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa is seeking a personable, organized, and detail-oriented individual to combine archival materials currently housed in two separate collections.  The Curatorial Department’s Archival Collection and the Genealogy Center Special Collections have been developed and used separately from one another for 20 years.  Because of overlapping interests, duplicate materials, and a need for efficiency and consistency, these collections will be combined.  The individual hired will appraise, process, and rehouse these collections, and digitize as time allows. 


·         Two-year, grant-funded position

·         Full-time; compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience

·         Benefits: vacation and sick leave; health insurance


Starting Date:  September 1, 2016


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         While combining archival collections, appraise, process, and rehouse these materials

·         Process collections into PastPerfect ™, the collections database used by the Museum

·         Create finding aids for the combined collections

·         Digitize collections as time allows

·         Participate in collection development conversations with the Executive Director, Curator of Collections/Registrar, Genealogy Center Manager, and Curator of Exhibitions

·         Communicate regularly with the Curator of Collections/Registrar and Genealogy Center Manager, as well as other staff, as to the progress of the project

·         Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

·         Masters-level degree from an accredited college or university in archives and records management, library science, museum studies, history, or a related field, or equivalent work experience

·         Strong written and oral communication skills, including

o   reading and analyzing materials in the archival collections, and creating finding aids;

o   communicating with Danish interns and others with language skills to identify the scope of Danish-language materials;

o   presenting information effectively to colleagues, public groups, and the Board of Directors as needed

·         Excellent technology skills, including Microsoft office programs and scanning equipment

·         Ability to meet deadlines and perform detailed work with accuracy

·         Ability to structure one’s own work schedule and work independently

·         Ability to bend and lift/carry up to 20 lbs.



Desirable Qualifications

Special attention will be given to applicants having the following qualifications:

·         Familiarity with PastPerfect ™ museum software 

·         Proficiency in Danish or another Scandinavian language


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Application Deadline:  June 15, 2016


Cover letter, resumé, and names/contact information for three references should be submitted via email or mail to:

                Angela Stanford, Curator of Collections/Registrar

                Museum of Danish America

                2212 Washington Street

                Elk Horn, IA  51531


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