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  • 20 Apr 2021 9:45 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Job Title: Research Assistant
    Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
    Job Description
    Prominent Chicago-area lawyer and historian seeks Research Assistant to archive and organize historical files. This is a project position, and it could be part time or full time depending on how the applicant wants to run the project. Specifically, the author requires assistance physically and electronically organizing documents and other materials in preparation for an upcoming publication on Civil War history. Research Assistant may also be asked to conduct independent research related to the publication. 
    Minimum Qualifications

    1) Research Assistant must have an undergraduate degree in Library Science, Political Science, History, English, Communications, Computer Science, or another relevant concentration. Individuals who possess, or are currently pursuing, a Masters in Library/Information Science are strongly preferred.

    2) Research Assistant must be organized, detail-oriented, and familiar with Microsoft Office and other technological basics.

    3) Research Assistant must be able to travel to Winnetka, Illinois on a regular basis in order to obtain documents and other materials.

    4) Research Assistant must be able to lift/carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds and much be capable of regularly moving up and down stairs. Additionally, Research Assistant must be able to frequently stand, walk, bend, and kneel while archiving documents.

    The salary is $25/hour or negotiable dependent on experience.
    To apply, please send your resume to<> in an email with the subject line “Research Assistant Application.”

  • 31 Mar 2021 9:53 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Full Time

    Chicago Film Archives, a small and independent regional film archive, is seeking an organized and detail-oriented person to join our full-time staff as Director of Client Services and Office Operations.

    The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of archival film practices; be comfortable in creating and tracking jobs via Google Workspace, Dropbox, and Office Suite tools; have an interest in “the business-side” of nonprofits, and possess excellent communication skills.

    CFA’s mission is to collect, preserve and provide access to films that represent the moving image heritage of the Midwest. The services CFA provides to the public include film digitization, archival footage licensing, collections management, and film rentals. The Client Services Director will maintain and develop professional and effective channels of communication with clients and other staff when necessary.

    Purpose of this position: Communicate CFA’s preservation practices and facilitate its services to potential and existing clients, while building CFA’s profile as a leading center of film preservation and expertise in the Midwest.

    Duties and Responsibilities • Receives, executes and/or manages all client requests for services • Prepares, tracks and archives purchase orders and invoices • Manages phone calls and messaging • Researches CFA’s collections database and digital files to assist licensing clients • Works with CFA’s attorney to create licensing contracts • Develops and maintains a strong knowledge of CFA’s analogue and digital holdings • Participates in fundraising activities

    The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.


    Required ● Superior interpersonal communication and customer service skills; strong ability to communicate principles and best practices of media preservation to individuals outside of the field ● Familiarity with and willingness to learn video editing and encoding applications (Adobe Premiere Pro, Media Encoder) ● Familiarity with digital video standards and file formats ● Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications ● Excellent organizational skills ● Familiarity with film materials, technology, and preservation principles ● Knowledge of (or able to learn) copyright and intellectual property issues

    Preferred ● Experience with analogue film handling ● Working knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro software ● Past experience working with the public

    Compensation Health benefits accompany a starting salary of $35-38,000.

    Interested candidates can apply by sending a cover letter and resume/CV to Executive Director Nancy Watrous (


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