Nerinx, KY: Assistant Archivist, Sisters of Loretto Heritage Center

Job Opening Title: Growth opportunity for well prepared creative Archivist

Institution/Organization Name: Loretto Heritage Center

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Nerinx, KY, USA

Application Deadline: Until filled late Spring 2016

Growth opportunity for well-prepared, creative Archivist

Full-time position, with competitive salary and benefits
Starting late Spring, 2016
Sisters of Loretto Heritage Center, rural Marion County, Kentucky

Loretto Heritage Center Archives and Museum seeks a professionally trained archivist with well-honed skills across the full spectrum of archival functions. Beginning as Assistant Archivist, the successful candidate will have opportunity and encouragement to transition to lead Archivist by successfully meeting a wide range of archival challenges in both the archives and the museum.

The Loretto Heritage Center, located in central Kentucky’s historic Catholic “Holy Land,” preserves and exhibits the documentary legacy of the Sisters of Loretto, a pioneering community of American Catholic sisters unique among American religious traditions. The Loretto collections date from 1812, when three frontier women established a school and then a religious community among the first generation of Maryland settlers in Kentucky. Since the 1890s the collections have been under the professional management of sister-archivists at the Loretto Motherhouse on an 800-acre farm in rural Marion County, Kentucky.

In 2012 the Loretto Heritage Center opened in a newly designed space, utilizing the 1886 Loretto Academy auditorium on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse. The American Association for State and Local History bestowed on the Loretto Heritage Center its 2014 Leadership in History Award of Merit in recognition of the museum’s handsomely designed repurposed space, unique public programming, civic engagement, and multimedia features. The Assistant Archivist will support the continuing development of exhibits for the museum and public programming for the region.

The Loretto Heritage Center archives document Loretto’s commitment to meet the needs of the times in diverse circumstances around the world. The Assistant Archivist will have major responsibility for managing the documentary, photographic and artifact collections which span Loretto’s 200-year history of education and social justice advocacy.

The Loretto Community’s primary documents are organized in record groups which represent both the institutional and the personnel facets of the Sisters of Loretto. Since 2012 archival staff, interns and volunteers have begun to describe and catalogue the collections into a new digital catalogue designed by the current Archivist. The Assistant Archivist will assume responsibility for the digital description and cataloguing of the collections. With the Archivist, the Assistant will train interns to assist with the digital cataloguing.

The Loretto Heritage Center Archives collaborates with the Kentucky Historical Society to make available to the general public the oral histories of individual Loretto women, documenting their contributions to the peace and justice movements of the latter half of the 20th century. The Assistant Archivist will assume responsibility for maintaining and adding to this oral history collection, making use of its recordings in appropriate venues, collecting and processing the personal papers of the individuals interviewed.

Basic education and experience requirements:

• Masters degree or equivalent in Public History, Archival Studies, Library Science;

• Internships in relevant areas of archival practice and history or employment experiences in these areas with strong professional supervision;

Also required:

• Understanding of events and issues of the 19th and 20th centuries sufficient to contribute appropriate historical perspective and intellectual leadership to the collections of the Heritage Center;

• Excellent oral and written communication, and analytical skills.

• Full command of Microsoft Office applications, and the knowledge or ability to rapidly acquire functional skill using Apple computers, databases created with Filemaker Pro and the design modules of Adobe CS6 for creating brochures and exhibits

• Current knowledge and ability to move forward with such digital challenges as cloud-based filing, retention and preservation of born-digital documents, digitization options, techniques, and tools.

• Ability to comfortably interact with people from all kinds of backgrounds; ability to receive supervision and work collaboratively with others; ability to regularly lift 40 lb. boxes.

The Assistant Archivist will report to the current Archivist and through her to the elected leaders of the Loretto Community.

Along with competitive base salary and benefits, there is potential for advancement to lead Archivist.

For consideration and for full position details, please send cover letter addressing experience and interest, detailed resume and contact information for three references to Sister Eleanor Craig, ecraig@lorettocommunity.org

Applications will be considered beginning March 15 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.