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Assistant or Associate Preservation Specialist, NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center (Andover)

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is seeking early- to mid-career professionals
to serve as Preservation Specialists in support of its nationwide training, consulting, and outreach

These full-time positions may be based at NEDCC’s office in Andover, MA; based both in Andover
and at home (hybrid); or based anywhere in the continental United States as part of NEDCC’s
established teleworking program. Responsibilities include conducting preservation needs
assessments for paper-based, audiovisual, and digital collections; writing comprehensive
assessment reports; responding to preservation inquiries from cultural heritage organizations such
as archives, libraries, and museums; researching, updating, and presenting webinars and workshops
on a range of preservation topics; assisting with ongoing grants and special projects; and
representing NEDCC at local, regional, and national professional meetings and conferences.
Additionally, an Associate Preservation Specialist may manage project teams and complex projects;
represent NEDCC on external grant projects; create and conduct customized consultations; assist
with grant writing; and assist with the supervision of interns and Assistant Preservation Specialists
on project-based work.

Preservation Specialists are the public face of NEDCC. Our most important characteristics are a
passion for cultural heritage 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. As a highly collaborative department, all team members bring their individual
expertise to bear on the department’s goals and projects. Learn more about NEDCC's Preservation
Services Department.

The minimum salary for this position is $49,000 for Assistant Preservation Specialist and $55,000 for
Associate. Please note that this is a minimum salary, not a range. NEDCC offers competitive salaries
commensurate with education, experience, and skill, as well as an excellent retirement/benefits


Minimum qualifications for the Preservation Specialist position are:
• a Master’s degree in Archives, Conservation, Library and Information Science, Museum
Studies, Public History, or similar; with coursework on relevant topics including, but not
limited to, preservation of physical and digital collections, collections management,
emergency preparedness and risk assessment, archives administration, and audiovisual
preservation and reformatting;
• at least 2 years of full-time experience working with collections-holding institutions (5 years
for Associate Preservation Specialist);
• solid understanding (advanced understanding for Associate Preservation Specialist) of
general preservation best practices (disaster planning, format identification, care and
handling of materials, reformatting and digitization, environmental management, etc.);
• strong analytical and observation skills;
• excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
• experience and comfort with public speaking;
• demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and
• flexibility to work both independently and as part of a team;
• valid driver’s license; and
• ability and willingness to travel regionally and nationally up to 25%, including being able and
willing to drive and fly as needed.

In addition to the above, the following qualifications are desirable but are not required for
• experience in audiovisual and/or digital preservation;
• experience with online instruction and in-person instruction (required for Associate
Preservation Specialist);
• consulting experience; and
• project management experience.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$49,000.00 - $55,000.00  / year

Salary Notes

The minimum salary for this position is $49,000 for Assistant Preservation Specialist and $55,000 for Associate.

Closing Date

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the positions will remain open until filled. To
apply, please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Ann Marie Willer, Director of
Preservation Services, In the cover letter, explain how you meet the
qualifications for the position.


2023-11-14 |  Quick link to this job