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The Massachusetts Historical Society is a center of research and learning dedicated to a deeper understanding of the American experience. Through its collections, scholarly pursuits, and public programs, the Society seeks to nurture a greater appreciation for American history and for the ideas, values, successes, and failures that bind us together as a nation. Over the past decade we have made great strides in making our resources available to a wider public, both to meet our mission and to increase support. This aim has been greatly enhanced by the use of technology, especially through an improved website. Our public programs and exhibitions play a central role in reaching the public and dispensing knowledge. Exhibitions highlight our collections or important themes and events, attracting a growing audience. Our education programs, designed to enhance the teaching of history to school-age audiences, have grown substantially. Through its activities the MHS has built a national and international network of scholars who work in the fields in which we focus. The MHS operates with a staff of 45 and a $5.3 million budget.

 The Controller reports to the Director of Finance and Administration, working closely with him to ensure the Society’s business operations are managed in an efficient and cost-effective manner and support the mission of the MHS. The individual serving as Controller may succeed the Director of Finance and Administration at his retirement.

For details on this position, download the full description (pdf).

Applications, including cover letter, CV, and three references will be accepted by email to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 13, 2016.


Library Assistant (part-time, temporary)

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) seeks a temporary part-time library assistant (up to twenty hours per week) to greet visitors and provide services to researchers who make use of the Society’s collections in the MHS library.  This 10-week seasonal position begins June 21st and ends September 3rd with the possibility of extension.

The MHS is an independent research library that collects, preserves, and makes accessible manuscripts and other materials that promote the study of the history of our nation—a mission that has remained constant since 1791. The MHS holds more than 3,600 manuscript collections, as well as extensive collections of early American imprints, newspapers, maps, printed ephemera, photographs, engravings, and other research materials.

The library is staffed Monday through Friday 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM and Saturday 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM. The ideal candidate would have a flexible schedule including Saturday availability.  

Duties: The library assistant works as part of the reference team and reports to the Assistant Reference Librarian. Duties include staffing the library reception area, answering telephone and email reference queries, monitoring the reading room, paging materials, and assisting the reference staff with various library tasks. The library assistant greets, authorizes, and directs all researchers entering the library; explains MHS library policies and procedures; and directs incoming telephone calls for the MHS as a whole. The majority of the library assistant’s time is spent interacting directly with the public. This position is essential in promoting the Society’s public image and in maintaining the security of the collections.

Requirements: The successful candidate will be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, with coursework in Library and Information Science, American history, American studies, public history, or an archives program strongly preferred; possess a demonstrated interest in American history, with strong interest in Early American or Massachusetts/New England history; be proficient with Microsoft Office applications; have strong research skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong planning and organization skills; possess the ability to work well in a team environment; and have experience working with a diverse public in a customer service or similar position.

Familiarity with user-end functions of an integrated library system (Voyager and/or Aeon) and providing reference assistance, as well as previous experience working with archival materials in a library, museum, or other historical organization are preferred.

This position requires the ability to lift boxes weighing up to fifty pounds and to transport materials loaded onto wheeled carts. 

Salary: $14.00/hour.

Application procedure:  Please send an application by email (preferred) or postal mail, including a cover letter, brief resume, and list of three references to Dan Hinchen, at or Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Applications must be received by 9am, 31 May 2016 to be considered.