The Western Reserve Historical Society seeks a Corporate & Philanthropic History Archivist.

This position is responsible to the WRHS Acting Library Director.


  • Coordinates with WRHS Library team to support strategic and operational priorities
  • Coordinates with WRHS existing and new corporate and business record donors
  • Coordinates with WRHS Philanthropic History Archives program partners to create, implement, and evaluate an integrated digital and physical collection stewardship model to sustain and support the care of WRHS’s collections
  • Coordinates with Vice President of Heritage Management to support WRHS Heritage Management program and community services

Supervision: Supervises interns and volunteers.


  • Supports strategic and operational priorities of the Library, including participation in the ongoing development, documentation, and implementation of policies and standards for the archives
  • Stewards the Philanthropic History Archives program and relationships with supporting and new foundations
  • Leads the ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement of the Corporate and Philanthropic History Archives program
  • Maintains professional standards for workplace environment and records of collections – including confidentiality, deed of gifts, finding aids, and ongoing stewardship
  • Establishes relationships with community and educational institutions including supervision, training, and evaluation of interns and volunteers
  • Arranges, processes, and preserves collections in accordance with accepted professional standards and practices
  • Supports grant making, project reporting and communications
  • Contributes ideas, content, and other information to the WRHS’s Marketing team to feature the Corporate and Philanthropic History Archives program, its collections and partners
  • Requires travel, evening and weekend hours may be necessary to accommodate WRHS operations and signature programs


  • Education: Master’s degree in library science (MLIS) with an emphasis on archival studies preferred.
  • Experience: Two years of archival processing experience, knowledge of MPLP preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience with Project and Collections Management and ability to work on multiple projects
  • Evidence of continuous learning, including active participation in professional and scholarly associations related to archives and/or libraries
  • Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems and equipment in the context of a special collections library and archival program.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with legal and ethical standards associated with archival and manuscript collections and donor relations.

Salary Range: $45,000 to $50,000/year

Job classification: Full-time. This position is classified as full-time, professional and is exempt with regards to overtime compensation.

To apply: If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Jennifer Dukes, HR Manager at [email protected].

Posted: February 12, 2024

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