Career and Internship Opportunities

Career and Internship Opportunities

Careers with The Filson Historical Society

Join us in sharing history!

The Filson Historical Society is a member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, an equal opportunity employer, and provides its employees with industry competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

For general information regarding career opportunities, please contact the Filson Historical Society at (502) 635-5083.


Current Openings


Curator of Jewish Collections

Position Summary

This permanent, full-time position expands upon the efforts of the Filson Historical Society to more fully represent the history and culture of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley through collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of Jewish history and life. This position is supported by the Filson’s Jewish Community Archive endowment and will collaborate extensively with archival and programming staff, including the supervision of interns and coordination of project teams. This position will draw from skills in community engagement, libraries and archives, education, and academic research and publication to represent the Filson as a trusted source for the study and celebration of Jewish history in Kentucky.

Collections-Based Outreach

  • Develops and sustains strong relationships with individuals and organizations (religious, business, educational, community service, social, etc.) in the Jewish communities of Louisville and the surrounding region
  • Promotes the use of Filson collections in academic research and publications by networking with scholars and assisting with reference inquiries
  • Drawing from input of community partners, identifies issues of contemporary significance and proactively builds Filson collections to support research on those questions
  • Works with partners in K-12 and higher education to expand and improve the teaching of Jewish history in classrooms
  • Prepares and assists with funding proposals to expand the capacity and impact of the Jewish Community Archive, in cooperation with the Filson Development team

Collections Stewardship

  • Collaborates with Filson staff to accession and process collections following established policies and procedures
  • Serves as a voting member of the Filson’s Collections Management Committee, which approves all accessions, plans cataloging projects, and evaluates potential deaccessions
  • Develops online and physical exhibitions that feature Filson materials
  • Works with relevant Filson staff members to prepare social media and print publication content that promotes the collections and mission of the Filson. This includes annual contributions to both Ohio Valley History and The Filson newsmagazine
  • Tracks time spent on collections management tasks and submits monthly time reports to the Director of Collections Access
  • Participates in in-house and remote reference work, including scheduled time on the reference desk

Supervises Support Staff, Volunteers, and Interns

  • Supervises day-to-day work of assigned interns, volunteers and/or project team staff, including periodic formal and informal check-in meetings as necessary
  • Produces and maintains job descriptions of any direct-reporting interns, volunteers, and project staff as appropriate
  • Produces and maintains onboarding materials for staff, volunteers, and/or interns assigned to the Jewish Community Archive
  • Uses annual performance reviews of direct-reporting project staff to evaluate performance based on the criteria in the job descriptions and makes changes as needed to reflect new responsibilities and expectations
  • Assists with developing the annual budget for the Jewish Community Archive

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Library and Information Science, History, American Studies, or other related field. Three or more years of work experience related to the listed duties can be substituted for a graduate degree.
  • Knowledge of Jewish history and culture, particularly in Kentucky, the Ohio Valley, and Upper South
  • Demonstrated ability to build communities of trust within and among marginalized groups
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop meaningful relationships with local campuses and communities on behalf of the Filson
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collections management processes including cataloging, conducting physical inventories, as well as collections handling, housing, and storage
  • Computer proficiency, primarily with Microsoft Office, especially Excel. Experience with Omeka, PastPerfect and/or other collections software preferred

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range of $60,000 to $70,000 per year with a competitive benefits package including health and life insurance, 403(b) match, and generous paid time off, holidays, and volunteer time off. This is a full-time position, expected to work 40 hours per week, based at the Filson’s campus in Louisville, Kentucky. The Filson’s standard operating hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Because of the outreach nature of this position, the holder should expect to occasionally flex time to work on weekends and evenings. Occasional travel within Kentucky and the United States is required.

Application Procedures

Applications including 1) a cover letter detailing relevant experience and expertise, 2) a resume or CV, and 3) contact information for three professional references should be submitted to Dr. Patrick Lewis, Director of Collections & Research, via email at gro.l1712919872aciro1712919872tsihn1712919872oslif1712919872@siwe1712919872lkcir1712919872tap1712919872 by May 3, 2024. Questions about the position and application process should be directed to Dr. Lewis


African American History Initiative Program Manager

Position Summary

This permanent, full-time position expands upon the efforts of the Filson Historical Society to more fully represent the history and culture of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley through collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of Black history and life. This position is supported by the Filson’s African American History Endowment and will supervise support positions including archival staff and interns. This position will draw from skills in community engagement, education, and academic research to represent the Filson as a trusted source for the study and celebration of Black history in Kentucky.

Community-Focused Outreach

  • Develops and sustains strong relationships with individuals and organizations (business, educational, religious, community service, social, etc.) in the African American communities of Louisville and the surrounding region
  • Develops and delivers presentations and workshops to build interest and capacity among community organizations to preserve and share regional African American history
  • Works with partners in K-12 and higher education to expand and improve the teaching of Black history in classrooms
  • Develops online and physical exhibitions that share Filson materials with public audiences
  • Prepares and assists with funding proposals to expand the capacity and impact of the African American History Initiative, in cooperation with the Director of Collections & Research and Filson development staff

Collections Stewardship

  • Drawing from input of community partners, identifies issues of contemporary significance and proactively builds Filson collections to support research on those questions
  • Cooperates with other members of the Filson staff to accession and catalog incoming collections, following established policies and procedures
  • Works with relevant Filson staff members to prepare social media and print publication content that promotes the collections and mission of the Filson, particularly in Ohio Valley History and The Filson newsmagazine

Supervises Support Staff, Volunteers, and Interns

  • Supervises day-to-day work of assigned support staff, volunteers, and/or interns, including periodic formal and informal check-in meetings as necessary
  • Produces and maintains job descriptions of any direct-reporting staff as well as volunteers and interns as appropriate
  • Produces and maintains onboarding materials for staff, volunteers, and/or interns assigned to the African American History Initiative
  • Uses annual performance reviews of direct-reporting staff to evaluate performance based on the criteria in the job descriptions and makes changes as needed to reflect new responsibilities and expectations
  • In consultation with the Director of Collections & Research, develops an annual budget for support staff, cataloging and collections storage supplies, travel, professional development, and outreach support for the African American History Initiative

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in history, African American studies, library and information science, or other related field. Three or more years of work experience directly related to the listed duties can be substituted for a graduate degree.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop meaningful relationships with local campuses and communities on behalf of the Filson
  • Demonstrated ability to build communities of trust within marginalized groups
  • Knowledge of Black history and culture, particularly in Kentucky, the Ohio Valley, and Upper South
  • Knowledge of collections management processes including cataloging, conducting physical inventories, as well as collections handling, housing, and storage
  • Computer proficiency, primarily with Microsoft Office, especially Excel. Experience with Omeka, PastPerfect and/or other collections software preferred

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range of $60,000 to $70,000 per year with a competitive benefits package including health and life insurance, 403(b) match, and generous paid time off, holidays, and volunteer time off. This is a full-time position, expected to work 40 hours per week, based at the Filson’s campus in Louisville, Kentucky. The Filson’s standard operating hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Because of the outreach nature of this position, the holder should expect to occasionally flex time to work on weekends and evenings. Occasional travel within Kentucky and the United States is required. This position reports to the Director of Collections & Research.

Application Procedures

Applications including 1) a cover letter detailing relevant experience and expertise, 2) a resume or CV, and 3) contact information for three professional references should be submitted to Dr. Patrick Lewis, Director of Collections & Research, via email at gro.l1712919872aciro1712919872tsihn1712919872oslif1712919872@siwe1712919872lkcir1712919872tap1712919872. Questions about the position and application process should be directed to Dr. Lewis.

Internships


H. F. Boehl Summer Internship

Eligibility: Current enrollment in or recent completion of a graduate program in history, library science, archives, museum studies, or a related field.

Tenure of Internship: 100 hours to be completed in-house at the Filson.

Amount of Award: $15.00/hour

Interns work with appropriate curatorial staff and faculty advisers in areas of collections management and research. Recent projects have included processing manuscript and photograph collections, creating an online exhibit, and inventorying museum collections.

The 2024 intern will process and describe at least one digitized audiovisual collection. Click here for a PDF of the 2024 internship posting.

The application deadline for the Boehl internship is February 15th each year (or the Monday following the 15th if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday). The deadline for 2024 has been extended to March 15, 2024.

To apply, please email the below items to gro.l1712919872aciro1712919872tsihn1712919872oslif1712919872@hcra1712919872eser1712919872 : 

  • 1-2 page cover letter describing your experience in library, archival, or museum collections, your research interests and course work, and how this internship aligns with your career objectives. 
  • 1-2 page resume  
  • 2 letters of recommendation from those familiar with your work. Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing recommendations.