Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Other
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Full Time

Position Title: Assistant Archivist

Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Assistant Archivist

CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt / Full-time


REPORTS TO: Director


The Catholic Historical Research Center (CHRC) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a religious non-profit organization with materials reflecting the history of the Catholic faith in the larger Philadelphia area, is looking for an Assistant Archivist to process and preserve analog and electronic records, documents and artifacts thereby fostering and communicating the history, heritage and spirit of the Catholic community both locally and nationally.

The Assistant Archivist assists the Archivist to collect, preserve, and make available the official records of the Archdiocese and those ancillary records that reflect the work of the Catholic Church within the region of the Archdiocese. The Assistant Archivist accomplishes this by processing records, reference duties, and social media outreach, as well as other duties as assigned.


- Provide reference service for on-site and remote researchers

- Appraise, preserve, arrange and describe print and born-digital archival collections; produce EAD-compliant finding aids for these collections

- Promote the archives through written reports, newsletter articles, blog posts, and exhibits

- Oversee and provide content for the CHRC's various social media profiles

- Attend workshops, conferences, and professional organization meetings to remain current in archival practices and to maintain contact and relationships with peer institutions


- Strong oral and written communication skills

- Familiarity with Archives Space, PastPerfect, Omeka, and Wordpress

- Strong technical and computer skills

- Time management, multitasking, and organizational skills

- Ability to take direction and work independently to manage various tasks without supervision

- Understanding of archival standards including EAD, MARC, and DACS

- Knowledge of the major challenges facing archives, including electronic records management, digital preservation and archival metadata.

- Understanding and respect of Roman Catholic traditions and terminology


- Master's degree in Information/Library Science or Public History with coursework in Archives

- Experience (either as a professional or as a student/intern) working in an archives


- Ability to lift 40 pounds

- Ability to lift and walk up stairs; and stand on stools/ladders

Location: The CHRC is located in the Northeast section of Philadelphia, PA. This is a full-time position with excellent medical and retirement benefits

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