Archivist

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

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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

Compensation:

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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