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Metadata Specialist

HistoryIT is seeking to hire full-time Metadata Specialists. Specialists will review digitized historical materials (primarily documents and photographs, as well as artifacts) and create appropriate metadata. They will offer an interpretation of the contents, identify subject tags, and create contextual links among materials in the collection. Specialists will be expected to work quickly and efficiently, meeting demanding production schedules while ensuring high-quality standards.

Being part of the HistoryIT team demands hard work but offers real rewards for successful efforts. We are looking for people who want to grow and thrive with the company. Regular employee reviews will provide the opportunity for upward mobility, redefined responsibilities, and salary enhancements. For the right individual, eager and able to work in the intersecting worlds of history and technology, this position offers the opportunity for growth into a leadership position in a dynamic, expanding company.

Project Specialist positions will be based in our home office located in Portland, Maine.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History or related field
  • extensive knowledge of U.S. history, historiography, and historical practices
  • technological literacy; comfort learning and using new technologies
  • experience using basic database or spreadsheet software; data-entry experience
  • knowledge of archival practices
  • extensive experience in online research methods and resources
  • excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • strong attention to detail
  • excellent reliability and punctuality
  • experience meeting deadlines and production goals
  • comfort working independently and in a team environment
  • strong visual ability to read document content (including typed and handwritten materials) and computer displays for long periods of time
  • familiarity of common metadata standards – Dublin Core, MODS, METS, etc.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] in order to be considered for this position. The cover letter must contain a link to a posted video, per the following:

  • Record a 3ish minute video – nothing fancy, but this is your chance to wow us. Don’t be shy.
  • In the video, introduce yourself and address each of the following:
    • Your work history and how it is relevant to this position
    • Why you would be the perfect person for this role
    • How you handle stress and pressure
    • How you manage your time; Day / Week
    • If you are a cat or dog person
    • If you prefer coffee or tea
  • Upload your video to YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox (make private) and put the share link in your cover letter.

HistoryIT provides equal opportunity to all employees on the basis of individual qualification without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, national origin, physical and mental disability, genetic information and history, sexual orientation, or other category protected by state or federal law. HistoryIT does not discriminate in the recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, benefits or any other condition of employment.