We’re hiring a Digitization Assistant!

Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia

Job Title: Digitization Assistant

Duration: 30 hours per week, Monday-Thursday

Start and End Dates:  September 2016 – February 2017

Hourly Wage: $14.00/hour


Project Title: Temple Sholom fonds digitization project

Project Description:

The Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia (JMABC), administered by the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia (JHSBC), is seeking a Digitization Assistant for the Temple Sholom fonds digitization project. This project will commence in September 2016 and end mid-February 2017. 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.

Temple Sholom, the only Reform Judaism synagogue in Vancouver, BC represents a large and varied community of Jews of all generations. First conceived of in 1964, the synagogue sprung up from the basements of community members, as they invited like-minded individuals to come together and discuss the possibility of bringing Reform Judaism to Vancouver. Originally organized by a core group of 18 members, the synagogue now boasts a large membership within their inclusive and egalitarian congregation.

The fonds consists of 1.75 linear metres of materials, including series on: Cemetery; Minutes; Administration; Fundraising and special projects; newspaper clippings; The Shofar congregational newsletter; and Photographs, audio-visual and scrapbooks. These materials have been initially processed, and will become available online through this project.


The ideal candidate for the Digitization 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. Experience working with databases such as AtoM (Access to Memory) will be considered an asset;
  • Experience with digitization and Adobe Photoshop will be considered an asset;
  • Experience with cataloguing and knowledge of Rules for Archival Description (RAD) will be considered an asset;
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal.


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

The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia appreciate all those who apply; however, only those chosen for an interview will be notified.

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

5pm, Wednesday August 31st, 2016.

Attention: Alysa Routtenberg, Archivist – Email: archives@jewishmuseum.ca