Project Assistant for Givens Collection/Umbra Search

Project Assistant

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for the position of Project Assistant for the Umbra Search African American History project with the Givens Collection of African American Literature. Umbra Search African American History is a partnership with Penumbra Theatre Company to work with local and national libraries, archives, museums, and large content providers to develop and promote Umbra Search, a program that facilitates access to African American cultural history through the website and widget; digitization of African American materials across University of Minnesota collections; and support of students, educators, artists, and the public through residencies, workshops, and events locally and around the country.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assist project staff with management and oversight of project timeline and work plan; assist with coordination of promotion/event planning and administration; lead social media efforts and communications; assist with project documentation; support regular operations of Givens Collection.


Specific core duties include:

  • Supporting the planning and administration of promotion work, events, and workshops, including event planning, budgeting, and communications.
  • Managing partner agreement documentation between Umbra Search and contributing institution.
  • Leading social media engagement.
  • Assisting with project documentation and other grant communications.
  • Supporting Givens Collection collection management and reference, as needed.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Excellent communication, organizational, presentation, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a collaborative environment;
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, self-direction, and innovative thinking;
  • Facility in use of technology (WordPress, Google Tools, Microsoft Suite, WebEx conferencing, etc.).


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated familiarity with African American literature and history;
  • Experience with event planning and administration;
  • Experience in grants management and reporting;
  • Demonstrated understanding of archives and special collections.


Hours: 14 hours a week, M-F, 830-430.

Hourly pay: $16/hour


For questions and to apply contact:

Cecily Marcus
Phone: 612 624-8812