Genealogy Center Manager

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    Full Time
    Genealogy Center


  • Position Overview:

    Genealogy Center Manager – Application Deadline: July 31, 2019

    The Museum of Danish America is seeking a personable, organized and energetic individual to do genealogy research and manage the genealogy department of a national ethnic institution situated in beautiful rural western Iowa.The Genealogy Center houses a non-circulating reference collection serving both museum staff and programming as well as researchers interested in Danish-American immigration, family history, and genealogy.The Genealogy Center Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations of the department, including but not limited to: coordinating research and translation requests; communicating with patrons via phone, written correspondence, and in person; recruiting and supervising department staff, volunteers, and interns; and delivering public programs onsite and offsite. This position is full time with a benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.


    Established in 1983, the Museum of Danish America (formerly known as The Danish Immigrant Museum) is located midway between Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE on 35 acres of recreated prairie in the heart of the largest rural settlement of Danes in the United States. The museum’s mission is to celebrate Danish roots and American dreams and is the only accredited national museum dedicated to collecting and interpreting the Danish-American experience. Guidance is provided by a twenty-five member Board of Directors from across the United States and Denmark. The museum has a collection of over 30,000 artifacts, an active traveling exhibit program, and a membership of over 3,000 from across the United States, Denmark and seven other countries.It has a staff of eleven full-time employees, six part-time employees and an active internship program hosting up to four Danish graduate students and an American graduate student annually.



    The Manager of the Museum of Danish America’s Genealogy Center provides leadership, management, and supervision of the Center.


    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

    Manage the day-to-day operations of the Genealogy Center

    Coordinate and/or do genealogical research and translation services for patrons

    Communicate regularly with the Executive Director and other Museum staff

    Implement operational policies and procedures

    Participate in program and collection development with the Executive Director, Curator of Collections, Curator of Exhibitions, and the Archival Collections Manager

    Give programs related to Danish and Danish-American family history and genealogy

    Recruit and train Genealogy Center volunteers, interns, and staff

    Represent the Center and the Museum to external entities, including development partners and professional associations as time and budgets permit

    Submit and monitor the annual budget for the Center

    Participate in fund-raising, grant-writing and partnership development efforts

    Perform other related duties as required and assigned by the Executive Director

    Serve as ex-officio member of the Board of Directors’ Genealogy Center Committee



    Recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating Genealogy Center staff, volunteers, and interns

    Managing schedules and projects for volunteers and interns

    Participating in volunteer recognition events


    Performs other duties, included but not limited to duties as assigned, some of which may include the development and creation of a variety of copyrightable works (e.g., print, photography, film, music, visual arts, etc.) for distribution in any and all media and formats on a world-wide basis, all of which shall be for the benefit of the Museum.


    To perform this job successfully, the individual will be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


    A reading and speaking knowledge of Danish or another Scandinavian language is highly desirable, as is experience working in a library or research environment.

    Excellent oral and written communication skills, including:

    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret genealogical and museum professional journals, legal documents, and policy statements, as well as a variety of sources containing genealogical information such as letters, diaries, journals and other legal and religious documents

    Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from patrons, volunteers, regulatory agencies, or the museum or library communities

    Ability to effectively use computers and social media

    Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed styles and formats

    Ability to present information effectively to administration, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

    Ability to create a budget

    Ability to identify priorities and manage work accordingly

    Ability to coordinate and deliver public programs and educational opportunities, both onsite and at outreach events




    To apply send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

    Terri Johnson

    Administrative Manager