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Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation (SHMR) Project Assistant SLU

Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation (SHMR) Project Assistant - Saint Louis University

The Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation (SHMR) Project is an initiative sponsored by the Jesuit Conference in the United States. The national project is housed at the U.S. Central and Southern (UCS) Province office in St. Louis, Missouri, where we work in close partnership with Saint Louis University and the Jesuit Archives & Research Center.

The SHMR Project Team continues to research the lives and experiences of enslaved men and women whom the Jesuits owned, in order to know, and to share, a more complete history of Jesuit involvement in the institution of slavery. We are committed to a transformative process of truth-telling, reconciliation, and healing that, in conversation with the descendants of those held in bondage, acknowledges historical harms, seeks to repair relationships, and works within our communities to address the legacies of slavery that persist in the form of racial inequality today.

For more information about the SHMR Project and its objectives, please visit shmr.jesuits.org.

Position Description

The SHMR Project invites applications for a full-time Project Assistant to provide administrative and operational support to the project. The Project Assistant will report to the SHMR Project Coordinator and will work closely with the SHMR Research Coordinator. This is a two-year contractual position, with the possibility of renewal.

Candidates should be comfortable working in a team-oriented environment and should possess exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will be adept at managing multiple schedules and tasks concurrently. The Project Assistant prepares materials for meetings, manages organizational correspondence, and schedules appointments with project partners. Applicants should have the ability to create, organize, and maintain paper and electronic files; experience processing deposits, payments, and purchases is a plus. The Project Assistant will also field telephone and email inquiries from the public.

Depending upon a candidate’s previous experience, skills, and interests, as well as the project’s evolving needs over time, the Project Assistant may also contribute to the SHMR Project by performing additional duties, such as the translation of foreign language documents; digitization of historical documents; developing and curating the project’s social media presence; and assisting with research tasks.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should email a resumé or curriculum vitae, a cover letter briefly detailing their experience and interest in the project, and the names and contact information for three references to SHMRProjectCoordinator@jesuits.org. Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 22, 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Schedule and plan meetings together with SHMR Project Team, including arranging video or phone conferences as needed

• Attend meetings with SHMR Project Team and external partners, and record and share meeting minutes as directed by the Project and Research Coordinators

• Create and maintain detailed records and files, both digital and hard copies

• Initiate and maintain regular communications with current and potential project partners

• Field telephone and email inquiries about the SHMR Project and refer questions to appropriate team member as needed

• Welcome project partners and guests to the SHMR Project office

• Coordinate travel arrangements for SHMR Project staff, including lodging and transportation

• Assist with event planning, including booking meeting spaces and catering, as needed

• Create expense reports for credit card and travel expenses, and submit monthly credit card reconciliations to the Province office

• Order and maintain SHMR Project office supplies

Additional Duties May Include

• Translate foreign language documents into English as directed by Research Coordinator

• Assist with digitization of historical documents as directed by Research Coordinator

• Participate in research process as directed by Research Coordinator

• Assist with developing and curating the SHMR Project’s social media presence

Experience and Skills Required

• Desire to contribute substantially to the mission of the SHMR Project

• Understand and appreciate African American history and culture

• Understand and appreciate Jesuit history and mission

• Experience prioritizing multiple deadlines and schedules, both autonomously and with colleagues

• Possess exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

• Ability to work collaboratively and in team-oriented culture

• Ability to exercise discretion, initiative, organizational ability, and problem-solving skills

• Ability and desire to learn new technologies

• Experience using Office 365 (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field

Preferred

• Familiarity with nineteenth-century American history and American Catholic history, particularly as it relates to slavery in the United States

• Reading knowledge of and/or ability to translate to English from Latin, French, Spanish, German, and Dutch or Flemish

• Familiarity with concepts and practices related to racial justice, restorative justice, reconciliation (particularly in a Catholic context), and dialogue processes