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The Coordinator of African American History Program is responsible for developing and coordinating activities related to Arkansas African American history and archives. This position

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Sorts, categorizes, and describes items in archival collections prior to making collections available to the public and implements and enforces policies governing use of collections and equipment by the public. Solicits and obtains collections of historical documents related to Arkansas’ African American history for microfilming or permanent acquisition by preparing collection indexes, conducting inventories, and finding aids in paper and electronic formats to be used by patrons in locating specific historical data. Provides information and technical assistance by responding to questions from the general public, making referrals, and participating in media interviews. Develops and presents educational and informational programs to civic organizations, governmental agencies, schools, and the general public to increase awareness of the mission and function of the agency. Compiles reports regarding activities for presentation to agency director/institutional head and board. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of archival theories and principles. Knowledge of Arkansas African American History. Knowledge of archival processing and records storage methods and procedures. Ability to sort, organize, analyze, and search archival collections. Ability to communicate with patrons/visitors concerning research using historical documents. Ability to prepare and present public speeches and participate in media interviews Ability to work with a variety of public groups and organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in history or a related field; plus three years of experience in an archival or library setting. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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