Research Assistant Position (temp) in Richmond, VA


The Valentine Richmond History Center, an AAM accredited institution located in Richmond’s Historic Court End neighborhood, seeks to fill the following position:

Position Title: Research Assistant
Number of Positions: 1
Tenure: Temporary, part time position, July 2008 – June 2009 (subject to renewal)
Hours: 27.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday (Core required hours: 11:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday through Friday)
Salary: $10.00 per hour, no benefits

General Responsibilities: The Research Assistant is responsible for providing a range of reference and research services at the Valentine Richmond History Center. This position provides these services by: performing searches of and setting appointments in the History Center collections that include the Archives, General Collection and Costume & Textiles Collection; managing sales of photographic reprints and maintaining statistics on usage, photography orders and permission fees; participating in the evaluation and development of the Archives’ access tools; performing other duties as required. These duties are carried out 11:30am-4:30pm Tuesday through Friday. The Research Assistant is also responsible for inventory, cataloguing, data entry and scanning of two-dimensional objects in the archives collection. These duties are carried out based on mutually agreed upon schedule with supervisor. All work is conducted in accordance with the History Center’s official Collections Management Policy, adhering to the code of ethics advised by the American Association of Museums.

Qualifications: Candidate must be organized and detail-oriented with excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. The Research Assistant preferably holds a BA in history, art history or museum studies with some experience in library or archival reference work. The Research Assistant must have good knowledge of Richmond and Virginia history. Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and databases is important. Familiarity with basic archival principles and digitization standards is preferred.

Full job description can be found at:

Deadline: July 11, 2008

To apply please mail, fax or email cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Director of Archives and Photographic Services
Valentine Richmond History Center
1015 E. Clay Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Fax: (804) 643-3510

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