Essential Job Functions: Assists professional staff in the arrangement and description of archives and manuscript collections; assists archivist in creating, updating, and then uploading finding aids to appropriate websites; under supervision, performs research and then composes written responses to patron correspondence, email and telephone requests; provides reference assistance to patrons dealing with archives, Texas history, and genealogy; assists patrons with the use of microfilm collections; supervises and coordinates the library's volunteer program; assists with volunteer training; performs scanning and descriptive metadata creation for the library’s digital portal site hosted by CONTENTdm; and performs other archival projects such as outreach programs, including exhibits.
Other Job Functions: Performs other duties as required. Job description statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
Working Conditions: Works in a normal public library environment approximately twenty-nine (29) hours per week; must be available to work Monday through Thursday; requires occasional lifting of archival boxes (up to 25 lbs.); exposed to hazards of dust/mites; requires stooping, bending, climbing, lifting and standing.
Knowledge: Knowledge of library procedures; knowledge and interest in archives and manuscript collections, Texas history, and genealogy desired; knowledge of computer word processing, data entry, and working knowledge and experience with ArchivesSpace software for electronic finding aid creation.
Skills/Abilities: Ability to communicate with the public and city personnel in a tactful and effective manner; ability to follow written and oral instructions; ability to operate modern office equipment, including computer; skills in maintaining library and archival records; skills in computer word processing and data entry; skills in alphabetizing and arithmetic calculations; ability to supervise a small group of employees or volunteers.
Physical Requirements: Constantly sees and hears; frequently kneels, stands, stoops, sits, walks; Infrequently writes by hand, types, files, sorts, operates a calculator; carries, holds, lifts, drags, and pulls objects weighing up to 25 lbs., squats and twists body.
Education/Experience: Requires Bachelor of Art degree in History or related field with demonstrated skill in historical research and archival practices and competencies. Minimum of one year experience in archival field is highly desired with a good working knowledge of EAD, DACS, and Dublin Core preferred.
Other: Applicant selected for hire will be subject to a background investigation and drug/alcohol screen test.
The City of Beaumont provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, The City of Beaumont will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation or other assistance contact a Human Resources representative at (409) 880-3777 or through RELAY Texas at 1-800-735-2989 or mail your request to P.O. Box 3827, Beaumont, Texas 77704.
The City may consider all related education and/or experience in determining the applicant's minimum qualifications and starting salary.
About City of Beaumont, Texas
The City of Beaumont is located in Southeast Texas, approximately 85 miles east of Houston. The city's population is 118,000. Beaumont is a full-service municipality, and serves as the county seat for Jefferson County. Beaumont operates under a council-manager system of government, in which the elected, part-time council appoints a city manager, who acts as the chief executive officer for city affairs.