Processing Archivist

New Orleans, LA Full-time

Working with The National WWII Museums Collections and Exhibits Department and reporting to the Senior Registrar & Director of Collections, the Processing Archivist is responsible for the processing, care and documentation of the Museum’s institutional archive holdings including: writing and establishing policies and procedures, physical and intellectual organization of holdings, and the proper storage and retrieval of holdings.


  • Develop policies and procedures for the Museum’s institutional archives.
  • Implement standards for institutional archival holdings.
  • Ensures timely, accurate, and consistent cataloging and archival processing procedures for institutional archives in the Museum’s collection.
  • Works closely with the Senior Registrar & Director of Collections to establish and maintain intellectual and physical control of the Museum’s collections in accordance with best practices and accreditation standards.
  • Manages archival material collections including institutional archives, rare books, oversized material, finding aids, correspondence collections and photographs.
  • Ensures proper housing (and re-housing when necessary) for archival collections in accordance with museum best practices.
  • Utilizes the collections management system to retrieve and query collections information.
  • Manages storage areas for safety, organization, cleanliness and accessibility.
  • Manages physical access and storage of archival materials. Including inventory, re-housing, and physical re-organization.
  • Supervises volunteers in support of the Curatorial Services Department objectives.
  • Provides public access to the collections by responding to requests from the public, staff, and other institutions for information.
  • Assist with educational programming by filling requests for research material or facsimiles of collection documents.


  • Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Archival Studies, or similar required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of archival management experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival procedures, collections records management with ability to work with computerized collections management systems and object handling.
  • Knowledge of preventative conservation techniques and best practice standards.
  • Knowledge and experience with a major of Collections Management Database.
  • Strong written communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • General knowledge of World War II era history and material culture preferred.
  • Willingness to work beyond the normal work day during special events or heavy visitation periods to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lift, carry and place artifacts on shelves, including overhead, up to 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Ability to climb ladders up to 12 feet
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.


The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes the following:

  • Competitive wages
  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution fully vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

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