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Archives Assistant

Job Posting:

Archives Assistant

June 5, 2017 – August 24, 2017
Hourly Wage: $15

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is dedicated to the collection and sharing of community memories of Jewish life in British Columbia. Through innovative exhibits and programming, the JMABC builds bridges with the diverse communities of BC and heightens awareness of the rich 150 year history of Jews in BC.

The JMABC is seeking an Archives Assistant to work on the Arrangement and Description of the Peretz Centre  fonds Project. As part of the mandate of the JMABC, the archives documents, acquires and preserves archival records, thereby safeguarding the history of the Jewish community of British Columbia. The primary duties for this project include background research and appraisal of the Peretz Centre fonds, physical processing, arrangement and description and finding aid production. Other duties may include transcribing oral history interviews, adding content to the JMABC website, filing and re-filing community publications and research files, digitizing photographs, assisting research requests and helping visitors at the Jewish Museum and Archives.

The Peretz Centre was founded in 1945 by an assorted group which included apolitical persons as well as Labour Zionists, Socialists and Communists, that shared a common goal of establishing a school which would provide children with a non-political, secular Jewish and Progressive education. Following the Holocaust, the founders felt an urgent need to establish a school to ensure the continuity of Jewish culture and provide a secular, Jewish and progressive education, and this combined with a Progressive atmosphere embraced by many Jews living in Vancouver.

Now known as the Peretz Centre, it offers programs and special events for people of all ages, including Sunday School and B’nai Mitzvah classes, the Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir, the Sholem Aleichem Seniors, and non-religious observances of Shabbes and the major Jewish holidays – all designed to preserve Jewish culture and identity and help newer generations develop understanding of their history and traditions. The Peretz Centre building is used by many both within and outside of the Jewish community, including being home to the JMABC offices, the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre, as well as a preschool, and recreational classes. The Centre’s mandate is to provide access to Jewish life to people who want to participate in Jewish traditions and culture but do not want religious involvement. The Center also strives to preserve the Yiddish language, music and culture (yiddishkayt) that is increasingly rare around the world.

The Peretz Centre fonds consists of more than 16 boxes of archival material, from the group’s inception in 1946 through present day. Highlights among the collection include original Yiddish materials, progressive committee minutes, and photographs from many unique events through their history. This fonds requires timely processing as much of the material was previously stored in an unprotected environment and preservation needs must be assessed so the JMABC can best care for the fonds in perpetuity.

The ideal candidate for the Archives Assistant at the JMABC will have:

  • A demonstrated interest in working in an archival or heritage institution shown through previous volunteer or paid work experiences and/or an academic background in a related field such as history, anthropology, museum studies, library studies or archival studies. Preferences will be given to archival studies students;
  • Basic computer skills and will be comfortable working independently at a computer station. Any experience working with databases or digital imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop will be considered an asset;
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • An enthusiastic attitude.

 

In addition to the above qualifications, all candidates must meet the following requirements dictated by the Young Canada Works program:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the project;
  • Meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program to which you apply;
  • Be registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;
  • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;
  • Have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job;
  • Have intent to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

 

The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia advocates a barrier-free workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email by the application deadline:

Sunday May 21, 2017, 5:00pm

Attention: Alysa Routtenberg, Archivist

Email: archives@jewishmuseum.ca