DEADLINE EXTENDED: Nerinx, KY: Archivist, Sisters of Loretto Heritage Center

Full-time Archivist position, offering competitive salary, plus full health benefits, generous holiday and vacation schedule

Starting date: late Spring, 2017

Sisters of Loretto Heritage Center, rural Marion County, 40049 Kentucky


Loretto Heritage Center Archives and Museum seeks a professionally trained archivist with well-honed skills across the full spectrum of archival functions.   Beginning as Archivist under the Heritage Center Director, the successful candidate will have opportunity and encouragement to rapidly transition to full responsibility for the Archives by successfully meeting a wide range of archival challenges.


The Loretto Heritage Center, located in central Kentucky’s historic Catholic “Holy Land,” preserves and exhibits the documentary legacy of the Sisters of Loretto, a pioneering community of American Catholic sisters unique among American religious traditions. Loretto’s standing among centers of state and regional culture will give the Archivist of the Loretto Heritage Center ample opportunity to shape a long-term professional presence in the region.


The Loretto collections date from 1812, when three frontier women established a school and then a religious community among the first generation of Maryland settlers in Kentucky. The Archivist will have major responsibility for managing the institutional archives, personal papers, and photograph collections which span Loretto’s 200-year history of education and social justice advocacy.


In 2012 the Loretto Heritage Center moved into a newly designed space, including new stacks and an award-winning museum.  Since 2012 archival staff, interns and volunteers have begun to describe and catalogue the collections into a digital catalogue for which the new Archivist will assume responsibility.  The Archivist will also share duties as docent for the museum and will facilitate the use of archival holdings in the continuing development of exhibits and public programming for the region.


The Loretto Heritage Center Archives collaborates with the Kentucky Historical Society to make public the oral histories of individual Loretto members, documenting their contributions to the peace and justice movements of the latter half of the 20th century.  The Archivist will assume responsibility for maintaining and adding to this oral history collection, making use of its recordings in appropriate venues, collecting and processing the personal papers of the individuals interviewed.


Basic education and experience requirements: 


  • Masters degree or equivalent in Archival Studies, or Public History/Library Science with a concentration in Archival Studies;


  •  Professionally supervised internships in archival practice or employment experiences with professional archival supervision; minimum of one year of supervised relevant experience;


Also required:


  •  Understanding of events and issues of United States history of the 19th and 20th centuries sufficient to contribute historical perspective and intellectual leadership in areas of women’s history, history of U.S. education, social activism, and American Catholicism;


  • Excellent oral and written communication, and analytical skills;


  • Full command of Microsoft Office applications, and the knowledge or ability to rapidly acquire functional skill in a Mac computing environment.  Experience with Filemaker Pro, image editing applications, and publishing applications are all highly desirable.


  • Current knowledge and ability to move forward with digitization projects, born-digital records management, digital preservation and web-based catalogue sharing.


  • Ability to comfortably interact with people from all kinds of backgrounds;


  • Ability to receive supervision and work collaboratively with others;


  • Ability to regularly lift 40 lb. boxes; driver’s license.


The Archivist will report to the Heritage Center Director and through her to the elected leaders of the Loretto Community.


Along with competitive base salary and benefits, there is potential for advancement to the position of Heritage Center Director with appropriate salary increases.


For consideration and for further position details, please send cover letter addressing experience and interest, detailed resume and contact information for three references to Sister Eleanor Craig,


Applications are now being considered and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.


About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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