Research Center Seeks Archivist

Archival Documents

The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center seeks a full-time Archivist. The Archivist reports to the Director and is responsible for processing collections, development of finding aids, preservation, public services, supervision of student employees and volunteers, and outreach projects such as exhibitions.  Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

The ideal candidate possesses an ability to work well with the public, strong oral and written communications skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and strong computer skills.  A knowledge of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) and the Pentecostal movement along with a MA in History or a related discipline or an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree with a concentration in archives is preferred.

The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center is library of Pentecostal resources and archives sponsored by the Church of God in partnership with Lee University.

An application for the position must include a letter of interest, resume, example of writing, contact information (name, address, phone number and e-mail address) of three professional references, unofficial graduate school transcripts, and a statement of personal faith.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Apply to Dr. David G. Roebuck, Director, Dixon Pentecostal Research Center, 260 11th Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311.  Telephone: 423-614-8576.  E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The full job description is as follows:

Function of Position

The Archivist is a twelve month, professional position that reports to the Director and is responsible for a wide-range of public service and archival activities.  Educational and outreach activities may be included according to the abilities of the archivist.


  • Oversee reception of archival materials including disbursing gift acknowledgements and maintain accession records and deeds of gift.
  • Assess, preserve, arrange, describe, catalog, and develop finding aides for records, collections, and media.
  • Share responsibility for supervising the public service area; provide research assistance to patrons (including questions received by phone, mail, and e-mail); and train and supervise student employees and volunteers.
  • Supervise organization and maintenance of information files, record groups, photographs, multimedia materials, periodicals, and newsletters.
  • Develop and update policies, rules, and guidelines concerning the management of holdings in all formats based on best practices.
  • Oversee conservation and preservation activities.
  • Develop displays and exhibits.
  • Prepare fiscal year research center usage reports.
  • Assist with special projects and events as assigned by the director.


  • Knowledge of archival principles and practices involved with appraisal, collection, preservation, and disposition of records and other archival items.
  • Knowledge of electronic records and reformatting best practices.
  • Able to simultaneously deal with several projects.
  • Able to provide public service and supervision of student employees and volunteers with a positive attitude.
  • Able to interact well with others.
  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret industry periodicals, professional journals, and technical procedures.
  • Able to keep up-to-date with best practices and techniques.
  • Able to be a self-starter, to work independently, and to work as part of a team.
  • Able to express ideas clearly, both oral and written.
  • Strong listening skills.
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work well with the public.
  • Strong reasoning abilities including the ability to recognize problems, make decisions, and implement solutions.
  • Willing to work some evening and weekend hours including events such as the Church of God International General Assembly.
  • Sufficient computer skills to perform responsibilities in the areas of cataloging, inventory control, and communication including a good knowledge of Microsoft Office.


  • Master’s degree in history, or library/information science with a concentration in archives, or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge of Church of God history and organization.
  • Prior work in archival setting.


  • Hear, talk, sit, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Bend and use step stool or ladder to locate materials on library shelves.
  • Lift and carry boxes weighing on average 40 pounds.

Posted 2/9/2018