Bismarck, ND: Archivist I, State Historical Society of North Dakota

Job Opening Title: Archivist I

Employer Name: State Historical Society of North Dakota

Job Location: Bismarck, N.D.

Application Deadline: 09/01/2019

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Years of experience required: 2

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The vision of the State Historical Society is to inspire discovery and open minds to help shape the future for vibrant communities. In order to successfully carry out our mission to identify, preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people, the Historical Society looks to attract the most qualified, curious, diverse and passionate employees; we aspire to make a difference. We encourage professional development and leadership training for staff to promote a positive work environment and provide excellent customer service. These aspirations form the core of our organizational culture, supporting our work, commitment and purpose.
Summary of Work

This position is responsible for physical transfer of collections to the State Archives, at times requiring travel and loading/unloading boxes and bound volumes. Determines and addresses basic preservation needs of paper-based collections through flattening, cleaning, and creation of protective enclosures. Arranges and describes government and manuscript collections in accordance with current archival standards. Works with reference staff to assist agency staff, local and state government offices, and the public with research needs. Works with donors and government offices in the acquisition of collections. May supervise seasonal and volunteer staff.
Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in history, library science, or a closely related liberal arts or social science field, and two years of experience in analyzing and managing archival material.
Ability to climb ladders and lift materials up to 50 lbs.
Proficiency in research and computer skills.
Extensive verbal and written communications skills.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
Self-motivated and strong attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate level coursework or training archival administration.
Experience in archival arrangements and description, donor relations, and managing complex projects.
Experience with databases.
Familiarity with archival best practices, standards, and emerging technologies.
Interest in and general knowledge of North Dakota history.

Application Procedures
All applications for open State Historical Society of North Dakota positions must be made via the State of North Dakota Careers site. Paper submissions are not accepted.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Application materials should include information that directly addresses how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications and summary of work. Applicants will be scored by their responses to the questionnaire questions – please do not put “see resume”.
Applicants are screened based on questionnaire score, qualifications, successful completion of the interview process, and a background and criminal investigation.
Anyone needing assistance or accommodations during any part of the application please contact Erica Houn: E-mail: phone: (701) 328-2327, fax: (701) 328-3710. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the Application Process or uploading attachments please contact or (701) 328-3290.
Anyone needing more information on the position please contact Emily Ergen at (701) 328-3565 or Ann Jenks at (701) 328-2091.
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