Palm Beach, FL: Director of Archives, Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

Job Opening Title:
Director of Archives

Name of Employer:
Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

Job Site Location (City, State) :
Palm Beach, FL

Application Deadline:

Minimum Degree Requirement:
M.A. or M.L.S

Years of experience required:
3 years

Salary Range:

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Position Details
Type: Full Time
Offered by: Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach 311 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33401
Position reports to: President & CEO

Position Description:
The Director of Archives is responsible for the access to, professional care, daily management, and maintenance of the Foundation’s archives including its organization, preservation, and storage. They also manage the Foundation’s publications which seek to further the scholarship of local architects and designers. The successful candidate is responsible for promoting the Foundation’s archives through programming and social media strategies that raise awareness of the Foundation and cultivate the next generation of stewards. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative environment in a newly renovated space devoted to the archive.

About the archives:
The architectural archives housed at the Preservation Foundation are an invaluable resource for researching the history of the Town of Palm Beach. The collections include the architectural drawings of prominent Palm Beach architects such as John L. Volk and Marion Sims Wyeth. In addition to these collections, the archives include rare books, maps, periodicals, and property files that document the history of Palm Beach.

Application Process:
Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to President & CEO Amanda Skier

Major Qualifications
–M.A. or M.L.S in Library Science, Museum Studies, History or a related field with formal training in archives management and preservation or commensurate experience
–Minimum of three years’ experience, background and/or interest in historic preservation or architecture highly recommended
–Knowledge of archives management software such as ArchivesSpace and Omeka
–Supervisory experience
–Excellent interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills
–Outstanding analytical, research and writing skills
–Experience with public speaking and presenting to groups
–Comfortable working in an environment that may include dusty materials and occasional lifting of boxes

Primary Responsibilities Archives
–Work with architects and historic preservation and planning –professionals who consult the Foundation’s architectural collections for renovation and restoration projects
–Build and extend networks with other organizations and universities to create greater access to the collections
–Collaborate with Director of Programming on exhibition content and curation
–Organize, digitize, and rehouse collections, ensure up to date inventories and finding aids
–Promote awareness and understanding of the collections through social media
–Seek out new acquisitions and foster relationships with donors
–Supervise Archival Assistant and Archival Intern projects
–Manage archival procedures, policies, and budget
–Conduct original research and write articles for local publications
–Maintain institutional archives for the Foundation and documentation of major projects
–Assist with Foundation’s daily operations and evening events

Primary Responsibilities Publications
–Manage schedule for Foundation’s publications
–Coordinate with teams of authors, illustrators, graphic designers, editors and publishers
–Oversee contracts and payment schedules
–Obtain rights and reproductions permissions for images
–Assist with research
–Promote publications through social media, programming, and exhibitions

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