Thanks to a generous partnership grant from Connecticut Humanities, the Connecticut League is embarking on an exciting period of growth in 2021–2023. We are currently hiring for the following positions:
Please see below for information about how to apply to join our team. We're exited to hear from you.
The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) seeks a part-time staff member to assist with Connecticut Collections (CTCo), its open-source, web-based collections management system and public research portal. CTCo is used by 33 museums, historical societies, libraries, schools, and other cultural heritage organizations across the state to both manage their museum and archival collections internally, and share them with the public online. CTCo is built on CollectiveAccess, and CLHO works directly with the software developer to administer the system. The CTCo Project Assistant will work alongside the existing part-time CTCo Project Manager to oversee the system, recruit and onboard new organizations, support learning and training among users, and coordinate with other digital cultural heritage initiatives across the state.
About CLHO: The Connecticut League is a nonprofit statewide membership organization serving museums, historical societies, archives, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions across Connecticut. Our mission is to strengthen the work of those who preserve and share the stories and objects of Connecticut’s history and culture. We provide advice, resources, programs, training, networking opportunities, and other services to support best practices in the state’s museum and cultural field. The League partners with Connecticut Humanities, and with the Public History Program at Central Connecticut State University, where our office is based, to carry out our mission.
Employee status and compensation: Part-time, 15–30 hours/week, $40/hour, remote
Duration: This is a part-time, one-year, grant-funded position with the possibility of extension and expansion, dependent upon continued funding. Expected start date is October 2022.
Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, and working under the direct supervision of the Connecticut Collections Project Manager, the Connecticut Collections Project Assistant will be responsible for helping coordinate, manage, and ensure the day-to-day operations of Connecticut Collections (CTCo), CLHO’s collections management and public portal project. The CTCo Project Assistant will engage with existing and prospective users of the system, liaise with our software partners at Whirl-i-Gig and our digital preservation partners at the Connecticut Digital Archive, and carry out the necessary outreach and training with organizations and individuals in CLHO’s orbit in order to grow and strengthen the project’s user base and ensure its financial sustainability. The CTCo Project Assistant will work with the CTCo Project Manager, the Executive Director, and the Membership and Programs Manager to understand the collections-management needs and challenges of the history and museum community in Connecticut, and develop strategies, training opportunities, and support efforts that address those needs. Alongside the CTCo Project Manager, the CTCo Project Assistant will be a point of contact and public face for Connecticut Collections, as well as a liaison with other digital initiatives around the state and beyond.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This position requires communication among staff, board members, members, partners, and the public. Understanding these relationships is critical, and excellent communication skills are required.
The Connecticut Collections Project Assistant may also perform other duties as assigned. They may be required to stand or remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time, lift and move up to 25 pounds, and ascend and descend stairs. Reasonable accommodations may be made for persons with disabilities to perform duties essential to the position.
Our ideal candidate will have:
Words and phrases that describe you:You are an excellent communicator, highly organized and efficient, detail-oriented, self-motivated and goal-oriented, able to work independently and as part of a small team. You enjoy meeting and talking with people and are a good listener. You like to solve problems and are patient when assisting people. You have a passion for library, archival, and museum collections, both tangible and digital, and a commitment to making them more accessible. You have an appreciation and understanding of data and collections management tools, and you can communicate effectively with people at different levels of knowledge and understanding. Your eyes light up at a good spreadsheet; you might be a bit of a data nerd. You are excited about digital initiatives and want to be part of larger conversations about the future of digital collections in Connecticut.
CLHO is committed to workplace diversity and seeks candidates who represent the diversity of Connecticut, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, cultural background, and socioeconomic stratum. We follow federal and state laws and are an equal opportunity employer.
How to apply: Please indicate your interest with a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please tell us why you are the ideal candidate for this position and how your values are aligned with those of the Connecticut League. Send your application materials to Amrys O. Williams, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “CTCo Project Assistant.”
Deadline: 6 September 2022
Questions: Please contact Amrys O. Williams, Executive Director, at email@example.com.