The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeks applications for a full-time, permanent Reference Archivist. As part of the Public Services department, this position responds to a high volume of inquiries about our collections and services, which involves searching catalogs and databases and responding to patrons verbally and in writing. The Reference Archivist assists onsite researchers in the reading room and contributes to outreach, communications, and other program-related activities. The position reports to the Senior Reference Archivist.
This position calls for a basic commitment to the mission of the Presbyterian Historical Society, the Office of the General Assembly, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as a commitment to continue to dismantle white supremacy, sexism, and racism in the Office of the General Assembly and the PC(USA). The position fosters collaboration, innovation, and openness with colleagues, constituents, and the wider church.
Responsibilities (in order of importance)
Provides accurate and timely reference services to constituencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), scholars, and the general public.
Assists with general reference operations.
Contributes to outreach activities by preparing and delivering presentations and workshops and staffing events, leading tours, and assisting in exhibition and curriculum development.
Supports the communications activities of the society by writing blogs, newsletter articles, and other communications pieces.
Participates in the work of standing and ad hoc working groups.
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor or the Office of the General Assembly.
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
Master’s degree in History, Library Science/Information Studies or related discipline with one to three years of experience in an archives or special collections library, with a focus on public services, reference, or outreach; or Bachelor’s degree with at least 4 years' work experience in one of these fields. Experience providing written and oral reference responses. Knowledge of bibliographic utilities, databases, and archival and library standards, policies, and procedures. Ability to work in a consultative and collaborative style. Demonstrated commitment to value differences and the benefits to be derived from working with a broad range of people. Ability to effectively manage interpersonal relationships. Fluency in English. Ability to communicate clearly, positively, and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with patrons and other staff. Able to use current technology and equipment.
Experience in research and writing on historical topics. Experience in developing educational resources or presentations and teaching with primary sources. Knowledge of descriptive standards and applications common to archival settings. Fluency in Spanish, Korean, or another language.
The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), organized in 1852 and located in Philadelphia, PA, is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations. PHS exists to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian and Reformed experience with Presbyterians, the scholarly community, and the general public.