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Preservation Specialist, Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA

Position Summary:
The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is seeking a Preservation Specialist to support its consulting and outreach programs. 

This full-time position will be primarily dedicated to conducting preservation needs assessments and writing comprehensive assessment reports; responding to preservation inquiries; assisting with ongoing projects related to audiovisual and digital preservation; presenting introductory webinars; and representing NEDCC at local and regional professional meetings and conferences. 

Preservation Specialists are the public face of NEDCC. As a highly collaborative department, all team members contribute to the development of new goals and projects. Our most important characteristics are a passion for collections and an interest in helping others see and understand the value of preservation. We are excellent communicators in person and in writing, are able to step back and see a bigger picture, and are interested in finding creative but practical solutions to difficult problems. 

Minimum qualifications for the Preservation Specialist position are:

  • a Master's in Library and Information Science, Museum Studies, or similar; with coursework on relevant topics, including, but not limited to preservation, collections management, emergency preparedness and risk assessment, archives administration, appraisal, and/or digital preservation; 
  • solid understanding of general preservation best practices (disaster planning, identification, care and handling of materials, reformatting and digitization, etc.);
  • strong analytical, observation, and communication skills;
  • experience or comfort with public speaking;
  • demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and backgrounds;
  • flexibility to work both independently and as part of a team; and
  • ability and willingness to travel regionally and nationally.

In addition to the above, the following qualifications are desirable but are not required for consideration:

  • at least 1 year of experience working with collections-holding institutions;
  • experience in audiovisual and/or digital preservation;
  • experience with online instruction and in-person instruction;
  • consulting experience.

Application Process 
NEDCC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send cover letter and resume in PDF to Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services, at 

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