Job posting for Province Archivist for the Holy Union Sisters, U.S. Province in Fall River, Massachusetts.
To apply, please submit the following to SEARCH.COMMITTEE@HUSMILTON.ORG
• A resume and a cover letter indicating why this position interests and attracts you.
• Contact information for two persons able to offer a professional recommendation on your behalf.
Applications will be received until the position is filled, with preference given to those received by December 16, 2019.
Position Opening: Province Archivist Holy Union Sisters, U.S. Province
The United States Province of the Holy Union Sisters has an opening for a full-time Province Archivist for
their repository in Fall River, MA. With roots in France in the 1820s, the Province holds historic
collections that span its arrival in the United States in 1886 to the present day. The records are well
organized, having been processed and inventoried according to the norms set by Abbé Charles Mollete
and used throughout this international congregation.
Because the Province is preparing for closure within the next 20-25 years, the archivist’s main task will
be work with the former Sister-Archivist and Province Leadership to appraise and ready the holdings for
transfer to a research institute outside the community; the current expectation is that this can be
accomplished within a three-five year period.
• Collaborate with the former Archivist and Province Leadership in researching appropriate
institutes to receive the eventual donation
• Respond to research inquiries
• Maintain a profile within professional associations such as the Society of American Archivists
(SAA) and Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR)
• B.A. or B.S. degree; Master’s with graduate-level coursework in Archives and Records
• Experience working in an archive, preferably for a religious organization or community
• Experience with accessioning, processing, appraising and housing a variety of traditional
formats, including documents, publications, artifacts and art work
• Knowledge of current digital preservation initiatives and best practices
• Experience in working with digital surrogates
• Understanding of database management, collection inventories, and the creation of finding aids
• Working experience with the Microsoft suite
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
• Knowledge of the role of Catholicism in the history of the United States
• Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the culture and experience of women religious
• Understanding and respect for records that are deemed sensitive or restricted
• Basic reading knowledge of French
• Negotiable, based on experience
• The application process and timeline are posted on www.holyunionsisters.org