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Digital Database Coordinator, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is seeking a DIGITAL DATABASE COORDINATOR.

The digital database coordinator will, as a full-time, on-site staff member, assist in effectively creating and managing the digitization of historical and genealogical content for NEHGS websites. Additionally, this position will ensure that SQL - Elasticsearch based digital collections are stable, well-designed, effective, up-to-date and properly maintained. The position has a strong customer interaction aspect, as it entails responding to customer inquiries and concerns in a timely and friendly manner.  The digital database coordinator will also have a strong supporting role in defining and fine-tuning the search user experience for optimal ease of comprehension and ease of use.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use SQL Server Management Studio to create queries, reports, and make database modifications and corrections.
  • Assist with multiple digital database and OCR/​Imaging projects, tracking timeliness of projects and ensuring that all phases of the project and life cycle are met.
  • Respond to customer correspondence regarding database updates and corrections.
  • Help define an optimal search experience for AmericanAncestors.org website users; document and communicate search functionality requirements for off-site developers.
  • Assist in the planning, organizing and managing of the digital databases and OCR/Imaging projects, including interaction with staff, and volunteers.
  • Create and deliver live and recorded presentations on search and other website functionality to internal staff and NEHGS members.

Education level for the position:

Bachelors and/or Master's degree in Library Science, Computer Science, History or related area or equivalent work experience

Required skills:

  • Experience with and interest in SQL Server and the SQL Server Management Studio
  • Experience with Excel
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Ability to stay focused on complex projects, while retaining a high degree of attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical staff and end-users; excellent customer service skills
  • Not intimidated by technology or the prospect of learning new and evolving technology such as cUrl, Python, and xml. 
  • Expertise in troubleshooting and solving data-related inconsistencies
  • Ability to work independently, as well as teaming with other website and IT staff members and vendors

Preferred skills/must demonstrate a strong interest in:

  • Genealogy and/or historical data
  • Searching genealogical websites
  • Digital image processing concepts and tools
  • Content management system experience (WordPress and/or Drupal)
  • Photoshop or other image editing tools
  • Knowledge of Excel, including familiarity with the MS Office object model and creation of VBA macros
  • Software or website functionality testing
  • Any experience with search engine applications such as Elastic Search
  • Familiarity with HTML/CSS and JavaScript is helpful

Please send resume to Michelle Major, Human Resources Coordinator mmajor@nehgs.org

Apply by May 9,2016

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