The Office of Black Church Studies Collections FEP Intern, Divinity School

Job description

Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

The Office of Black Church Studies Collections FEP Intern

Department: Black Church Studies

Supervisor: Program Coordinator, Black Church Studies

FTE: .375

Ranked: No

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Date Created/ Reviewed: April 2020

Term: September 2020-May 2021

Position Summary

The Office of Black Church Studies launches an ongoing historic collections initiative for its permanent collection of seminal works from black preachers who have influenced Christian ministry, theology, and leadership. Under the direction of Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Ph.D., director of OBCS and the OBCS Project Coordinator, the FEP Intern supports the collections workflow in a supportive capacity throughout the archiving process. Under the supervision of the OBCS Project Coordinator, through this field experience, the Intern can expect to assume the responsibilities of an archivist from the delivery of the donors' seminal work through the entire archiving process. The archiving could include but is not limited to the organizing and process mapping and rehousing of materials to build the collections inventory and metadata. The archivist intern will act as the subject matter expert for the collections and direct work-study students in their support role. The Collections Intern may also contribute to the project in different ways, including researching primary sources related to the collections donors' biographies. The Collections Intern may help to coordinate meetings and public outreach.


Assists with collections intake for new pastoral collections by establishing initial physical and intellectual control of incoming manuscript materials through arranging and rehousing this material, creating records in archives spaces, and other activities.

Performs archival and manuscript collections and assists with analyzing their organization, arrangement, and preservation needs.

Prepares descriptive tools for collections, including finding aids and catalog records.

Coordinates the digitization of archival and manuscript materials for inclusion in Duke Divinity's digital collections.

Applies metadata to the resulting digital surrogates.

Provides research services support for OBCS materials in the Divinity School Library

Assists with research to identify digitized historical materials held elsewhere that could be of use in the OBCS Digital Gateway and coordinate access to those sources.

As needed, assists with public programming and other outreach activities such as website development and maintenance, blog posts, and event planning.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Departmental Preferences

It is the expectation that a successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities, including customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to diversity.


Bachelor's degree in liberal arts or social science fields. Current enrollment in an accredited graduate studies program, religious studies, or an information and library science program; or enrollment in a related graduate program combined with archival experience or training or recent graduate from accredited graduate archival studies, public history, or information and library science program.


Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; substantial project and time-management skills; interest in historical contextualization; demonstrated experience with collaborative projects; excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.

Preferred: Prior experience working in special collections setting and or completion of at least one course in archival theory; academic background in Civil Rights history and or activist background, church history, and or black church studies.

Working Conditions

Normal office environment

Attendance at occasional events outside of regular work hours

Must be able to lift 40 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials

Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible

Must be able to work in situations where the potential vulnerability to materials collecting dust and mold exists.

Normal office environment.

Occasional weekend shifts are required.

Rate and Hours: $11 per/hr.; The internship is a part-time position available 10 hours per week for the 2020-21 academic year (9 months) with potential renewal. Hours are flexible within an M-F, 8:30-5:00 work week, but assistants are expected to set and maintain a consistent schedule.

These statements intend to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee in this position. These statements should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Job No:
Posted: 10/29/2020
Application Due: 11/21/2020
Work Type: Full Time