Handel And Haydn Society Boston , MA 02298

Posted 5 months ago

Handel and Haydn Society | Archivist

Description: The Handel and Haydn Society seeks a professional archivist to manage its historical collections spanning three centuries of activities. The Archivist will collect, organize, and provide access to a wide range of material relating to the administrative, business, and performance activities of H+H; process collections; and create finding aids in compliance with professional archival standards and practices. They will maintain H+H's performance history database, lead digital preservation activities, and provide research assistance to both internal and external users. This is a flexible, part-time position of 20 hours per week, located at the H+H offices in the Back Bay area of Boston.

Reports to: Director of Finance and Administration


  • Acquire and process collections and create finding aids

  • Manage performance history database (OPAS) and associated reference resources (Season FAQ, concert counts for program books)

  • Lead digital preservation activities, including:

  • Implementing the digital asset management system Preservica and managing interim access platforms

  • Planning and executing digitization projects

  • Perform research and respond to reference queries for staff, patrons, and external researchers

  • Assess collection for preservation and conservation needs and manage offsite collections

  • Assist in records management activities, including

  • Assisting employees in records appraisal in accordance with document retention and destruction policy

  • Preparing, scheduling, and submitting records transfers to Iron Mountain

  • Provide regular content for social media, newsletters, press releases, and other publicity materials; collaborate with colleagues in using archival collections to promote the organization and deepen understanding of the institution

  • Recruit and supervise interns in archival projects, including collections processing, data entry, and reference resource creation

  • Collaborate with colleagues in development to identify and pursue funding for projects related to the archives.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Master's Degree in Library and Information Science required or equivalent training/experience can be supplemented for degree requirement

  • Exceptional organization, communication, and research skills

  • Demonstrated experience with metadata standards and implementation

  • Relational database experience

  • Knowledge of digital preservation best practices

  • Superior attention to detail

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment

  • Creativity, flexibility, excellent judgment and initiative

  • Professionalism in all settings

  • Familiarity with Baroque and Classical music


Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position requires occasional lifting of heavy printed materials, large boxes and retail merchandise as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer. The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.

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