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Research Assistant - Volunteer

Wednesday, October 9th to Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

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Summary:   A Withers Collection Research Assistant will research and gather material from the WCM&G focusing on culturally impactful movements and lifestyle events, covering topics ranging from Civil Rights, to African American Social Life, Politics, Sports and Music.


The Withers Collection offers you:

  • The opportunity to learn about the history of our Collection, photographic conservation, preservation, and archival processing

  • The ability to work with diverse groups of people

  • The enjoyment of behind-the-scenes preparation and participation in Special Events and Exhibitions


Essential Functions:

  • Conduct extensive background research into existing Collection items and other topics defined by the curator.

  • Perform database and physical researched for images and subjects as requested by patrons and museum staff.

  • Maintain accurate credits for all documentation.

  • Assist members of Withers staff by performing basic administrative and technical assignments

  • Operate computers, printers, and other office equipment as assigned 

  • Respond appropriately and accurately to requests for information and general questions from the public and provide visitors with up-to-date information about our exhibitions and programs

  • Understand and apply Museum policies for Admissions, Security, Facility Rentals, Visitor Services; and be able to explain the policies to the public both on-site and over the phone


Education and Experience:

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree is preferred, and high school diploma or equivalent is required

  • Preliminary knowledge of the subject matter is required and previous research and interest in this realm is preferred.

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, including an ability to speak pleasantly, courteously, and effectively with the public and facilitate positive dialogue with our visitors

  • Fluency in speaking and reading English


The successful Research Assistant will possess and / or acquire:

  • Experience reviewing copyright and writing licenses.

  • Familiarity with the works of Dr. Ernest C. Withers

  • Understanding of the history and provenance behind the images in the Collections

  • Knowledge of Withers Collection Museum and Gallery’s history, mission, programming, product offerings, licensing procedures, and shipping guidelines 

  • Ability to apply appropriate problem-solving skills

  • An outgoing, courteous, and polite posture with museum staff and museum visitors, and work cordially and professionally with all managerial staff and employees

Professional Attire:

Top: Solid Black Polo shirt or Withers Collection shirt (provided)

Bottom: Black pants

Shoes: Comfortable and enclosed shoes or sneakers

Please attend our monthly Volunteer Orientation prior to volunteering. Link to orientation: Volunteer Orientation
Complete 20 volunteer hours with the Withers Collection and receive a free 8x10 print of any Dr. Ernest C. Withers image.

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