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Job Title: Archives Director

Date Last Updated: 7/27/2014
Job ID #: 10834

Role/Job Category: Other
Organization Name: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Status: Full-Time

Director, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan established the Jewish Community Archives in 1991.  Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available for research the records of the Jewish Federation, United Jewish Foundation, Federation’s member agencies and local community organizations and individuals.

The Archives is a vast collection of more than two million documents. The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives is located in the Max M. Fisher Building in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and works in partnership with the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs on the campus of Wayne State University

The Director is responsible for supervising all aspects of the program under the guidance of Federation’s Chief Administrative Officer.   Duties include: collection management and expansion; recruitment, supervision and training of volunteers; staffing Archives Committee; handling all research requests; providing content for the website; developing promotional materials;  budgeting related to the Archives expenses; use social media to market the Archive; working with Federation and communal agencies to develop programs and exhibits, providing oversight for the Cemetery Index;  conducting oral history interviews and raising funds for the Archive.  The Director is the primary liaison to the Reuther Library of Labor.

The position of Director is a part-time position.  It is anticipated that employment will begin in October of 2012. 

Required skills and experience:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree such as, but not limited to, History, Library Science, Historic Preservation, Jewish Studies.
  • Enrollment in a Master’s Program or Certification Program in Archival Administration.
  • Experience in arranging and describing archival collections.
  • Strong research and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication and team building skills.
  • Must be able to steward and nurture relationships with the community and lay people. 
  • Able to speak in public with ease and poise. 
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to recruit, train and supervise volunteers.
  • Ability to provide customer service to a variety of constituents.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Prior archival experience, paid or unpaid. 
  • Possesses Certification in Archival Administration.
  • Advance degree in relevant field (Archival Administration, Library Science, History, Historic Preservation, Jewish Communal Service).
  • Strong knowledge of Detroit’s Jewish community.
  • Understanding of social media and digital archival skills.
  • Fundraising skills a plus. 
  • Knowledge of cloud storage and cloud computing a plus.

Forward resume and salary requirements to:

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit,
Human Resources Director
6735 Telegraph Road, P.O. Box 2030,
 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
or e-mail to

Equal Opportunity Employer

Desired Education Degree/Level: Masters

Career Level: 2-5 yrs. experience

How To Apply
Contact For Job: Charlene Arm
Contact Title: Human Resources Director
Preferred Contact Method: E-mail
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