Archival Assistant

Israelite House of David

Position Title: Archival Assistant

Pay: $18.50 per hour

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with occasional afterhours as needed

PT/FT: Part-time and full-time schedules available

Benefits:  None (currently)

The Israelite House of David (IHOD) of Benton Harbor, MI, has an opening for our Archival Assistant position.  This position provides support for IHOD’s preservation work and is a valuable member of the staff.  We expect the person who fills this position to have the following qualifications:


·         High School diploma

·         Computer literacy (Microsoft Suite, social media, etc.)

·         Ability to climb stairs or ladders and lift upwards to 50 lbs

·         Comfortable working in various environments

·         Reliable transportation to off-site events

·         Comfortable working on projects both independently and collaboratively


·         Associates degree or higher

·         Experience in museums setting (volunteer or paid)

·         Research and media experience

·         Background in history, historic preservation, or similar organizations

The job includes the following responsibilities:

·         Archives and Collections

  • Handling detailed cataloging of IHOD’s three main collections in PastPerfect
  • Work with the archivist to prepare collections for long-term storage or temporary display
  • Work with the archivist to maintain environmental controls of storage spaces
  • Handle accessioning of new items into archives and/or collections

·         Research & Writing

  • Support third party research requests using collections, sister institutions, and databases
  • Prepare articles for social media and print publications
  • Develop interpretive panels for exhibits and displays
  • Assist with creating comprehensive guides to the IHOD collections

·         Exhibits

  • Assist with the periodic installation of travelling exhibits created by IHOD
  • Work with archivist to develop future exhibits and displays, including layout and design, marketing, and other elements as needed

·         Social Media

  • Assist the archivist in maintaining and growing the social media accounts for IHOD

·         Programming

  • Work with archivist to fulfill speaker requested about IHOD
  • Assist with fulfilling tour requests and needs

·         Other

  • Some responsibilities may be replaced with others based on the needs of the IHOD and the skills of the hired individual

Interested parties need to submit a resume and cover letter to Archivist Brian Carroll at by Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023.  No phone calls please.

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