Moorhead, MN: Project Archivist, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Job Opening Title: Project Archivist
Institution/Organization Name: Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Moorhead
Application Deadline: Jan. 23, 2015
Years of experience required: 2

Position type: Temporary (18 months), full-time through June 30, 2016
Salary:  $35,000-$38,000 plus benefits

Position Summary:
We seek a highly organized archivist with experience to direct and carry out the work of creating a system of organization for the Clay County Archive, about 450 linear feet consisting of manuscript collections, paper records, documents, letters, scrap books, newspapers, pamphlets, maps, posters, photographs, tapes, films, disks, genealogical and related ephemera, and other relevant print or electronic material of an archival nature that reflects primarily Clay County, MN history. Working collaboratively with the permanent archivist, who has been with HCSCC for 29 years, the project archivist will make a substantial and lasting impact on the organization by establishing the process and policies for arranging, describing, and creating finding aids well into the future. Along with accessioning and cataloguing work, the project archivist will teach and supervise interns and volunteers putting data into the database. “This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.”

Master’s degree from an A.L.A.-accredited library or information science program with an archival concentration or an M.A. in a related subject with an archival concentration or archival management certificate, and a minimum of two years of experience processing, arranging, describing, and managing manuscript collections required. Also required is experience with best practices and current standards in archival management (including experience with DACS, EAD, subject and name authorities, and Past Perfect 5.0 or similar software programs, knowledge of preservation standards for multiple formats, demonstrated ability to manage projects and project teams, the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in multiple environments, the ability to supervise student assistants, and the ability to lift and carry 40-pound boxes of materials. Must be able to work occasionally in environments subject to dust.

The final candidate will be required to pass a background check.
Benefits include paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation as well as 50% of group health insurance premium.

Please prepare a cover letter, résumé or C.V., and contact information for 3-4 professional references and send materials to

Dr. Maureen Kelly Jonason, Executive Director
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
202 1st Ave. N.
Moorhead, MN 56560-1985

Or email to Maureen.jonason(at) by Jan. 23

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please, no phone calls.

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCS) is housed in the Hjemkomst (yem-komst) Center in Moorhead, MN, and is home of the Viking ship replica Hjemkomst that sailed to Norway in 1982 and the Hopperstad Stave Church replica. HCS also preserves over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials focused on the history of Clay County. Active since 1932, HCS has 600 members. Along with researching, writing, and building a Clay County-centered annual exhibit, HCS hosts quarterly changing traveling exhibits and regional art exhibits as well as produces three cultural festivals each year. See more at

Moorhead, MN is joined across the Red River of the North by Fargo, ND to create an urban community of 200,000 with three universities, several technical colleges, and two major medical centers, with both an active sports and vibrant arts scene. Economically healthy, the community has low unemployment, reasonable cost of living, and low crime while enjoying the natural beauty of four seasons. See and for more information.

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