Employment

 Current Opportunities


African American History Archivist

Responsibility: Responsible to the Archives & Special Collections Manager for the collection, preservation, and processing (including arrangement and preparation of finding aids) of manuscripts connected to ethnic, religious, cultural, and social communities as they relate to the Western Reserve, as well as for outreach activities associated to the maintenance and growth of the African American Archives Program.

Classification: This position is classified as part-time professional, and non-exempt from overtime.

Coordination:

  1. Maintains associations with a variety of professional organizations to remain current on professional standards and matters in the archives field as well as promote the Society and its interests
  2. Reaches out to the African American community to maintain and foster awareness in the African American Archives program, as well as the Society, and to seek additions to the collection.
  3. Coordinates with associated Society endeavors for exhibitions, public programs, special events, educational programs, and as otherwise needed

Supervision:  Occasionally supervises interns and volunteers.

Duties:

  1. Solicits the papers of individuals, records of organizations, artifacts, and other research resources pertinent to African American history in Northeast Ohio; arranges for the transfer of these collections to the Society.
  2. Processes and arranges archival and audio/visual materials for scholarly research.
  3. Conducts research, writes, and lectures on subject pertinent to local African American history.
  4. Works with the Archives & Special Collections Manager, the Cleveland History Center Director, and the Development Department in the acquisition of funds through grant writing, sponsorships, requests for individual contributions and in-kind gifts, and other forms of fundraising, including the identification and active cultivation of potential donors.
  5. Maintain professional standards for work environment and records of collections – including deed of gifts, stewardship, processing, storage, et cetera.
  6. Works with the Education Department in providing and recommending relevant material for use and coordinating activities beneficial to both the African American Archives program and the Education Department.
  7. Supports and contributes ideas, content, and other information to the WRHS website.
  8. Collaborates with the Cataloging staff and WRHS IT Systems Manager to insure the accurate and timely entry of catalog data for archival collections in the Library’s online cataloging system and with OCLC.
  9. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be necessary to accommodate institutional events and needs.
  10. Undertakes other duties as assigned by the Archives & Special Collections Manager or the Cleveland History Center Director.

Qualifications:

  1. Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  2. Evidence of active membership, participation, and involvement in professional and scholarly associations – commitment to stewarding professional standards and involvement.
  3. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative in order to accomplish library and institutional goals.
  4. Successful completion of a background check and drug screening.
  5. Public speaking is a customary duty of the position and essential to outreach efforts.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of a special collections library and archival program.
  7. Experience with legal and ethical standards associated with archival and manuscript collections.
  8. Excellent written, verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  9. Education: Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies, History, or related field. MLIS with an emphasis on archives and collection management.
  10. Experience: Two years of archival processing experience, EAD understanding, and knowledge of MPLP required.
  11. Interpersonal Skills:  Strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, integrity, enthusiasm, dependability, and the ability to establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with co-workers, constituents and donors.
  12. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel locally.
  13. Requires prolonged sitting (chiefly at a computer terminal). Some bending, stopping, and stretching.  Occasionally may require lifting up to 50 pounds.

To apply for this position please submit your cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate, at jwaterman@wrhs.org


Cataloger/Digitization Specialist

Responsibility: Responsible to the Archives & Special Collections Manager

Classification: This position is classified as full-time professional, and is non-exempt from overtime compensation.

Coordination:

  1. Works closely with special collections, reference, curatorial, and IT Staff at WRHS.
  2. Maintains liaison with area libraries and regional school of library science and information science to enhance internship opportunities and recruit volunteers.
  3. Coordinates with associated Society endeavors for digital portal, exhibitions, public programs, special events, educational programs, and as otherwise needed.

Supervision: Occasionally supervises interns and volunteers.

Duties:

  1. Oversees all on-line cataloging (original and copy) activities of print materials for the Research Library, including retrospective cataloging of existing collections, and the cataloging of new acquisitions.
  2. Administers Cuadra STAR collection management system.
  3. Coordinates with collections staff for the digitization of library and museum materials.
  4. Manages the development and maintenance of discovery tools and the library’s digital portal.
  5. Maintains awareness of trends in institutional repositories, and will pursue opportunities for enhancing repository services through the adoption of new technologies, linked data practices, funded projects, and partnerships.
  6. Works with archives and special collections staff to ensure proper application of descriptive metadata standards.
  7. Works, in cooperation with archives staff, in effectively managing collection storage spaces.
  8. Assists in the deaccessioning of duplicate and non-mission related materials from the collection.
  9. Works with library staff and committees in selecting published materials for permanent addition to the collections of the library.
  10. Manage and generate custom usage reports for the digital portal.
  11. Maintains associations with a variety of professional organizations to remain current on professional standards as they relate to cataloging and digitization.
  12. Works with the HR associate to secure volunteers and interns for work in library and archives activities in areas relating to the duties enumerated above.
  13. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be necessary to accommodate institutional events and needs.
  14. Undertakes other duties as assigned by the Archives & Special Collections Manager or the Cleveland History Center Director.

Qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of current cataloging and metadata standards, including RDA, DACS, EAD, MARC, and Dublin Core.
  2. Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of a special collections library and archival program.
  4. Knowledge of techniques and best practices for scanning and describing multiple formats of materials, including bound volumes, flat paper, photographs, and oversized items.
  5. Evidence of active membership, participation, and involvement in professional and scholarly associations – commitment to stewarding professional standards and involvement.
  6. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative in order to accomplish library and institutional goals.
  7. Successful completion of a background check and drug screening.
  8. Public speaking is a customary duty of the position and essential to outreach efforts.
  9. Experience with legal and ethical standards associated with digitizing archival materials.
  10. Education: Bachelor’s degree in humanities or related field. MLIS with an emphasis on cataloging and on-line access to bibliographic resources.
  11. Experience: Two years of library experience in technical services or cataloging. Additionally, experience cataloging in USMARC format on OCLC desirable.
  12. Essential personal traits: exhibit tact, positive disposition, enthusiasm for the profession, dependability, integrity, strong team focus, and strong work ethic.
  1. The qualified candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, and will role model each of WRHS’s core values:  Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, and Connectivity.
  2. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel locally.
  3. Requires prolonged sitting, chiefly at a computer terminal. Some bending, stooping, and stretching.  Occasionally may require lifting up to 50 pounds.

To apply for this position please submit your cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate, at jwaterman@wrhs.org


Hale Farm & Village Rental Event Staff

RESPONSIBILITY: This position is responsible to the Rentals Manager, the Rental Lead and Management at Hale Farm and Village.
CLASSIFICATION: Part time, non-exempt from overtime
SUPERVISION: N/A
COORDINATION: Our organization is looking for energetic event staff to help facilitate events for our unique venue. This is a part time customer service position.  Working in conjunction with Rental Manager, Rental Lead and HFV management, employee is responsible for ensuring the rental customer needs are met and the HFV property is protected.
DUTIES:
Customer Service:

  • Serve as liaison for renting parties and attending vendors, assisting with location of fixtures, electricity, etc., the communication of HFV policies, and set-up/clean up needs and restrictions.
  • Maintains key knowledge about Hale Farm history, daily and special programming and special events.

Basic Site Services:

  • Set-up and take down of tables and banquet furniture
  • Restroom and site maintenance, including trash as necessary. Communicating fixture and site maintenance issues and emergencies to Rental Manager, Rental Lead Manager or Site Manager immediately
  • Ensure closing checklist is completed by catering vendors and site is prepared for next day, including securing site for evening
  • Ensure renting parties are following all required safety guidelines and all other HFV policies
  • Ensure renting parties and caterer/bartending service are complying with all state health codes and regulations regarding alcohol consumption
  • Ensure visitors remain in appropriate rented areas
  • Remain alert while on duty and to be aware of the activities within the designated post

Security:

  • Protect the collection, animals, premises, employees and visitors against damages fire, theft, vandalism and other dangers that might result in injury, damage or loss
  • Conduct regular inspections of the premises and other duties as assigned
  • Maintain confidentiality within the department
  • May be assigned other tasks necessary to assure the operational function of Hale Farm & Village, including special event weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with customer service
  • Comfortable speaking publicly
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to do light duty cleaning
  • Must not be convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving any crime of dishonesty, breach of trust, theft, violence or substance abuse

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT:
March through December weekends and evenings, times depend on rental schedule.
Typically evening rentals are 3pm to 12am+

To apply to this position, please send your cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate at jwaterman@wrhs.org.


Frederick C. & Kathleen S. Crawford Curator for the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

RESPONSIBILITY:  Responsible to the Director of the Cleveland History Center for the acquisition, care, management of the Crawford collection, as well as the presentation of collections (onsite, offsite, and online) in exhibits, programs, outreach and engagement activities.
CLASSIFICATION:  This position is classified as full-time professional and overtime exempt.

 COORDINATION:

  1. The Crawford Curator of Transportation History reports to the Director of the Cleveland History Center (CHC) and coordinates with WRHS Division Directors, including the Director of Hale Farm & Village, the Vice President of Development, the education team, the library & archives team, and the curatorial team for the presentation, care, management and stewardship of the Crawford collections.
  2. Maintains liaison with professions in the areas of automotive, aviation, and transportation history.
  3. He/she develops and cultivates relationships within the museum, local arts and culture community and donors. Maintains liaison with special interest groups, organizations, associations, and collectors in the fields of automotive, aviation, and transportation history. Public outreach and community engagement is an integral function of this position.

SUPERVISION:  Supervises interns, volunteers and staff

DUTIES:

Stewardship & Collection Care

  1. Responsible for the organization, development, and implementation of collections care and management procedures.
  2. Identifies and recommends historical artifacts and materials in automotive and aviation history for acquisition by WRHS.
  3. Surveys and analyzes materials held by WRHS as well as materials held by other research facilities and also material held by private individuals, corporations, and institutions.
  4. Creates and maintains records on the automotive and aviation collections, utilizing the WRHS computerized database, cataloging, and project management software.
  5. Maintain accurate documentation of any preservation or restoration work undertaken on collection vehicles and objects.
  6. Coordinates with the registrar the donation and lending of materials to and from WRHS for use in museum exhibits, programs, and publications.
  7. Responsible for the ongoing implementation and adherence to WRHS Collections Policies and Procedures.

Engagement (onsite, offsite, and online)

  1. Responsible to the Director of the Cleveland History Center for the fresh, imaginative and ongoing presentation of WRHS collections in Cleveland History Center galleries.
  2. Organizes and facilitates research into the history of automobiles and aviation of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio within the context of urban, social, and technological history.
  3. In collaboration with WRHS collections, exhibition, and education staff takes the lead in developing exhibits and programming on the history of automobiles, aircraft, and related transportation technologies.
  4. Works closely with Youth Entrepreneurship Education team to integrate stories told through the CAAM to leverage place-based field experiences and other earned and contributed income opportunities.
  5. Assists in the installation of exhibits and the delivery of programs.
  6. Prepares oral, written, and visual historical lectures, essays, and summaries for use in exhibits and publications as well as public presentations, both internal and external to WRHS.

Advancement

  1. Develops and sustains relationships with the community to advance WRHS’s mission, vision, and activities. Serves as spokesperson for the WRHS automotive and aviation collections by participating in professional conferences, meetings, and organizations.
  2. Works with the President & CEO, the CHC Director, and the Development Department to secure funding for collection related activities through grant writing, sponsorship requests, requests for individual contributions, engagement activities, programs and tours, in-kind gifts and other forms of fundraising.

Continuous Learning – networks with peers and maintains memberships in various professional organizations to remain current and to relentlessly committed to the pursuit of best practices in collection care, management, and presentation.

Undertakes other duties as assigned by the CHC Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:      

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology, Museum Studies, History or related field of study.
  2. Must have museum (or equivalent) experience in handling historic vehicles and objects appropriately with demonstrated knowledge of American technological history.
  3. Knowledge of museum methods, technologies, standards, practices, procedures, and ethics, and a desire to adhere to current museum policies and best practices.
  4. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge related to the repair, restoration, and maintenance of autos, aircraft, and related technologies.
  5. Organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to communicate ideas effectively, to prioritize work and meet deadlines, to work independently and in a team, and to manage several projects simultaneously.
  6. The qualified candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, and will role model each of WRHS’s core values:  Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, and Connectivity.
  7. Must be able to lift 75 lbs, work at eights, and able to work in environments where paint, solvents, cleaners, dust, molds, and other materials generally associated with a shop are present.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate, at jwaterman@wrhs.org


Hale Farm & Village Museum Educator

RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible to the Education Program Manager.
CLASSIFICATION: Part time, non-exempt from overtime
SUPERVISION: N/A
COORDINATION: Works closely with the Education Program Manager to facilitate and enhance educational programming, including school, group and public programs. Activities contribute to the museum’s retail, facility rental, group tour, agricultural, craft and trade and preservation programs.

DUTIES:

          1. Works directly with school groups, youth and the general public, facilitating hands-on educational programming at Hale Farm & Village and outreach locations, including but not limited to schools.
          2. Meets, greets, and checks in groups before the assigned time for their education program.
          3. Reads and researches, as assigned, in preparation for teaching all of the programs offered through the Education Department.
          4. Prepares and maintains the materials used in the in the demonstration and production of assigned areas, as well as for educational programs, including site set-up, clean-up and general assigned maintenance duties.
          5. Participates in the evaluation of programs and provides feedback in a timely and professional manner.
          6. May be asked to help with the development of new program content and methodologies, partnerships, training of new staff, interns and/or volunteers.
          7. Demonstrates additional rural life activities and chores as appropriate to advancing public understanding about farm life in the 19th century Western Reserve, and its relevance today.
          8. Participates in special events sponsored by or at Hale Farm & Village, including mandatory attendance for select Hale Farm community events.
          9. Accountable to the Education Program Manager for authentic, thorough, and engaging presentations to all audiences. This includes but is not necessarily limited to authenticity of dress/appearance, program materials and props, as well as the cleanliness and safety of assigned sites.
          10. Accepts other duties as may be assigned by the Education Program Manager.
          11. As appropriate, may demonstrate the process and contribute to production of a variety of historic crafts & trades or domestic skills specific to early- to mid-19th century rural life, which may include candle making, broom making, spinning, weaving, pottery, and hearth or stove cooking.

QUALIFICATIONS:

          1. Have a desire to teach and work with young people;
          2. Have the ability to work with a wide range of museum personnel, to work independently, but willingly function as a member of a team;
          3. Be able to prioritize, but also have extreme flexibility;
          4. Must exhibit tact, enthusiasm, and professional behavior;
          5. Be dependable and reliable, and able to work to a time schedule;
          6. Possess knowledge of American and Western Reserve history.
          7. Experience in a historic craft & trade area, or arts training and experience in a related area, or the willingness to be trained in new skills as needed;
          8. Be physically able to accomplish routine program tasks, or crafts & trades production and demonstration tasks throughout seasonal conditions.
          9. Training or experience in education is helpful, preferably having an undergraduate degree in social studies, social sciences, humanities, or education; teaching experience in the K-12 range of grades or experience in a museum or youth educational program is beneficial.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Western Reserve Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.