Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia
Job title: Project Archivist
Duration: 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday for 5 months (550 hours total)
Start and end dates: November 5th – March 15th (approximate)
The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia (JMABC), administered by The Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia (JHSBC), is seeking an Project Archivist for the JMABC Archives Accessibility Project, working to process and make available family fonds in the archives. This contract position will commence November 5th and end on approximately March 15th 2019 (550 hours). 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. As the JMABC’s work place and visitor base is largely English speaking, the language for the project is English. The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is administered by The Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia (JHSBC) and is located in the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture in Vancouver, BC.
This project will focus on processing and providing collection-level access to approximately 20 archival collections currently held at the JMABC, building towards a goal of improving the discoverability and accessibility of the JMABC archival holdings.
These unprocessed collections are comprised largely of small family fonds, and include materials such as correspondence, photographs, and regional memorabilia. This backlog of collections is only processed on an ad-hoc basis, relying largely on the efforts of volunteers. By hiring an Project Archivist this project will be systematically undertaken, ensuring not only its completion, but also consistency in the results. The Project Archivist will be responsible for processing these collections, including appraisal, arrangement, description, and the creation of a finding aid, which will then be made available through the JMABC’s online database, AtoM (Access to Memory). The successful completion of this project will result in a significant reduction in the current backlog, allowing the archives to continue to pursue large archival donations, as well as continued digitization efforts.
The archival collections included in this project are family fonds, with many community leaders’ personal lives being represented within the collections, and also feature a large number of photographs and audio-visual materials that require appraisal and preservation activities. Upon the completion of this project finding aids will greatly enhance the public accessibility of these collections, as well as improving the internal ability to prioritize collections for digitization and exhibition.
The ideal candidate for the Project Archivist 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 may be given to recent graduates of Archival Studies programs.
-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.
The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia advocates a barrier-free workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.
Applicants must apply with a resume and cover-letter.
Please note that applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and immediate applications are highly encouraged.
Applications to be e-mailed to:
Attention: Alysa Routtenberg, Archivist