Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance

Position Description:
We seek a part-time Curatorial Coordinator to manage the grant-funded Digital Archive Project (DAP). The DAP is a new initiative with the goal of establishing a virtual resource in which to collect and preserve the rich history of Jersey City Reservoir #3 and make it accessible to all.

This position is estimated to require 100 hours total over the course of FY 2021. (Continuation of the position is dependent upon acquisition of funding for FY 2022.) Last year was the first implementation of the DAP by Alliance volunteers with the support of a contracted web developer. This year we are looking for a Curatorial Coordinator to take charge of the project and implement its next phase of growth with support from new and established Alliance volunteers as-needed. 

– Identify, collect, clean, and properly prepare objects for long-term storage 
– Scan and/or photograph collection items inappropriate for scanning by outside services
– Coordinate and facilitate hiring of outside transcription and scanning services
– Accession and curate collection items for both internal and external records
– Conduct an outreach project to gather oral history submissions and physical artifacts
– Prepare & tag content for interpretive panels relating to Reservoir #3’s history & in preparation for future interpretive resources or programs
– Develop a project management plan for FY 2021, with recommendations for the future
– Work with the Volunteer Coordinator(s) and Board President to recruit & train volunteers on DAP needs including alt-text creation, translation, & submission to DAP
– Develop, implement, and process evaluations of DAP progress and audience reception
– Work with various Alliance volunteers to establish marketing regarding the DAP, with digital marketing as the priority

Covid-19 Considerations:
We have no office and so the majority of the work will be performed remotely regardless of the duration of the pandemic. Since the job may occasionally require trips to our storage unit, to services assisting with the project, or to pick up donations of artifacts, we will provide masks, gloves, thermometers, and hand sanitizer as-needed.

– Experience with preservation of archival materials including paper documents, photographs, textiles, and wooden objects
– Experience recording and editing digital audio and video 
– Experience with digital marketing, especially with regard to social media and e-newsletter management (we use Hootsuite and MailChimp)
– An understanding of digital accessibility best practices, including WCAG 2.1 standards; prefer experience with WordPress 
– A passion for developing engaging virtual access experiences
– Experience managing volunteers with broad experiences and interests
– Prior curatorial experience working or volunteering with museums, libraries, or other similar institutions 
– Prior experience working or volunteering with non-profit organizations
– The ability to self-manage and stay organized digitally; prefer proficiency with GSuite and Slack

Salary: $25 per hour, expected 100 hours total throughout 2021 and $50 travel stipend


Application Info:
Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Sarah Burroughs with “Curatorial Coordinator” in the subject line to apply or with questions regarding this position.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Start date is anticipated to be the end of April or beginning of May.