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Genealogy Local History Manager

Date Posted: 05/03/2024
Department: Public Library-Marion Branch
Salary Grade: 60

Compensation: $30,321
Hours: Full Time

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives


Oversees all functions of the Genealogy/Local History Department, Staff
and Room. Assists patrons with research and coordinates special projects. Collects and
maintains the Department’s collection. Offers programs relevant to Genealogy and Local
History both in-house and in the community. Promotes the Library Genealogy/Local History
Room to the community.

Duties & Responsibilities

Illustrative Examples of Work

• Maintain positive internal and external customer service relationships. Represents the library in an appropriate manner when dealing with staff, managers, vendors, contractors, colleagues, and members of the public.

• Assists patrons with research on genealogy and local history, while also assisting them in operations of office equipment.

• Maintain and develop the Local History Room Collection— selection, inventory, weeding. Stay aware of newly transcribed records or books relating to McDowell, (or Rutherford, Burke, or Rowan Counties prior to 1842).

• Coordinate, manage and maintain digitization projects, including microfilmed newspapers, Oral Histories, scrapbooks, family and historical vertical files.

• Train other staff and the public on research methods and how to access physical and digital resources.

• Knowledge of or willingness to learn archives preservation requirements, storage needs, and procedures for archives.

• Schedule and present programs, sometimes along with the Library Adult Program Coordinator, of genealogical instruction and historical interest both in-house and within the community.

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge and Experience

• Knowledge of basic library services and functions, with the ability to adapt to newer and different functions.

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, attention to detail, and ability to multitask.

• Instruction methods to train other staff and the public on research methods and how to access physical and digital collections.

• Knowledge of archives preservation requirements, storage needs, and procedures for archives.

• Knowledge of basic office equipment such as printers, scanners, microfilm readers. Proficiency in computer programs such as Word and Excel, genealogy databases and resources such as, Heritage Quest, etc.

• Ability to do in-depth research on genealogy and local history projects.


Benefited after 30 days

Medical, dental, and life insurance
Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
Membership in the Local Government Retirement System

Supplemental retirement 401k/457

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


Applications are available: under “Job Opportunities”


  • McDowell County Administration Building:         

                25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

               25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • Mail:

                McDowell County Human Resources

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • Email: 


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