FROM THE DORCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Dorchester Historical Society, 195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA 02125
Researcher/Writer Veterans Project Phase 1
This is a grant-funded, temporary position. A minimum of 10-15 hours of work per week is required. Payment will be based upon number of deliverables produced. Work must be completed by Nov. 15, 2019.
Under the guidance of the Collections Committee of the Dorchester Historical Society, the Coordinator will be the main genealogical researcher and biographical writer for the Veterans Project.
● Research and compile genealogical data for a predetermined list of Dorchester residents who have served in the armed forces
● Use genealogical data (online resources, onsite resources)and documentary evidence, to write a high-quality, short biographical narrative of each Dorchester service member
● Use proper citation methods to document the source of information used in producing biographies
● Submit biography drafts to Collections Committee for review and online publication
● Report periodically on progress of the project, including metric data
● Minimum education required: Bachelor’s degree in history or related field. Graduate students currently pursuing degrees in public history are strongly preferred.
● Keen interest and experience in performing historical/genealogical research
● Strong research and writing skills
● Strong organizational skills, including the ability to independently manage project timelines and tasks
● Familiarity with genealogical research tools such as Family Search and Ancestry.com
● Familiarity with newspaper research
● Proficiency in MS Office, including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
Please send cover letter and resume to: Earl Taylor, email@example.com. Please also include a writing sample of no more than 2 pages on a topic in history or genealogy.
Project Manager for Community Archiving Grant (2-year grant-funded position)
The University Archives and Special Collections department in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston received a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a two-year project to develop a platform to guide libraries of all kinds through the process of planning event-based participatory archiving programs with the communities they serve. The interactive online guide will help libraries implement standards- and community-based participatory archiving programs and will be flexible enough to allow libraries to enter at their current point of need, helping them navigate the complexities of community partnerships, digitization event planning, and long-term digital preservation and access to support the vital work of documenting their communities’ cultural heritage.
For this project, the Healey Library at UMass Boston will collaborate with a team of experts and library- and community-based partners to design and develop the guide and accompanying resources, which will close identified gaps in local communities’ knowledge and practices related to metadata, community outreach, digital archives, digital preservation, and participatory archiving.
University Archives and Special Collections in the Healey Library at UMass Boston is hiring a Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of the development of the Participatory Archiving Roadmap, and reports to the Project Director. This is a two-year, full-time benefited position.
The successful candidate will lead the collaborative process of identifying knowledge and practice gaps and developing this important resource, working directly with core project team members, national community partners, and others to ensure that we adhere to grant project goals and meet project deliverables. The Project Manager will report to the Project Director and will coordinate with Healey Library departments as appropriate to ensure all aspects of the multi-faceted project are compatible and are successfully executed in a timely manner.
We are looking for a highly organized individual with excellent communication skills who has experience in collaborative community work. The ideal candidate will have previous experience supervising and delegating tasks to 2 or more people and in managing projects in cultural institutions and/or in academic settings. Candidates who enjoy working with other professionals engaged in community-focused library work are encouraged to apply.
- Lead and coordinate activities of core project team members through all phases of the grant project, including coordinating meetings, preparing agendas, leading workshops, and focus groups.
- Maintain regular, informative and productive communications among core project team, advisors, community partners and university stakeholders
- Develop survey instruments, in collaboration with identified local and national community partners, to solicit both structured and informal feedback on grant project activities.
- Supervise a project-funded Instructional Designer who will develop key project deliverables.
- Track grant project performance, specifically to ensure the successful, on-time completion of short- and long-term goals as identified and outlined by the Project Director and by Healey Library administration.
- Prepare regular reports including grant-required reports on project progress
Skills and Experience:
- Previous experience managing medium- to large-scale projects
- Excellent critical thinking, problem solving, and time management skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to build strong networks with external constituencies
- Superb analytical skills, as applied to both historical content and organizational process
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
- Demonstrated experience with successfully employing project management techniques and tools
- Experience assisting with the development of survey instruments
- Proficient, working knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel
- Strong planning and organizational skills with ability to prioritize and multi-task
- Proven ability to work independently while exercising good judgment in seeking appropriate guidance
- Detail oriented
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
Patricia L. Bruttomesso
Archival Collections Project Manager