Monday, December 9, 2013

Job Announcement: Minnesota Historical Society State Archives Collections Assistant

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Collections Assistant position to support the collections of the State Archives department and the Library & Collections division by developing, testing, and implementing digital collection preservation processes and workflows; maintaining preserved collections, assisting with new accessions, and contributing to projects with external partners. This is a fulltime, project (2,088 annual hours) position located at the History Center in St. Paul, MN working through June 30, 2015.

SUMMARY OF WORK: Responsibilities include:
1) assist with the preservation of digital collections within the division; and
 2) contribute to projects with external partners as directed.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma plus two years experience or formalized training within a professional discipline OR bachelor’s degree in library/information science, archival studies or a related field plus one year program experience in an archival setting or equivalent.
-Experience with digital preservation topics and activities.
-Experience working with digital media such as floppy disks, external hard drives, and DVDs.
-Strong online research skills.
-Ability to lift and maneuver 30-40 pound boxes.
-Demonstrated ability to work independently and to ask questions as appropriate.
-Demonstrated ability to create, organize and maintain paper and electronic files, including Microsoft Access databases.
-Demonstrated ability to maintain focus while working on several projects at once.
-Strong analytical skills, including ability to work with a variety of digital tools and technologies.
-Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of preservation research and advances.
-Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. 

-Advanced library/information science or archival studies degree.
-Experience handling and processing archival materials.
-Computer help desk experience.
-Technical writing experience.
-Familiarity with Minnesota government and history.

 SALARY: $3,000.00 monthly minimum 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received or post-marked no later than December 23, 2013. TO APPLY: Send an MNHS application, cover letter, and resume to: Minnesota Historical Society, Human Resources Department, #1093 Collections Assistant - State Archives department position, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906. To be considered an applicant, you must submit all requested application materials. If not complete, your application materials will not be accepted and your materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, provide an MNHS application, cover letter and resume for each position. Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment.

For an application, see our website at or call MNHS Job Line 651-259-3181. EEO Your application will be acknowledged