Genealogy Center Manager | Museum of Danish America

Posted on Jul 8, 2019

Genealogy Center Manager – Application Deadline: July 31, 2019

The Museum of Danish America is seeking a personable, organized and energetic individual to do genealogy research and manage the genealogy department of a national ethnic institution situated in beautiful rural western Iowa.  The Genealogy Center houses a non-circulating reference collection serving both museum staff and programming as well as researchers interested in Danish-American immigration, family history, and genealogy.   The Genealogy Center Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations of the department, including but not limited to: coordinating research and translation requests; communicating with patrons via phone, written correspondence, and in person; recruiting and supervising department staff, volunteers, and interns; and delivering public programs onsite and offsite. This position is full time with a benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.

Established in 1983, the Museum of Danish America (formerly known as The Danish Immigrant Museum) is located midway between Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE on 35 acres of recreated prairie in the heart of the largest rural settlement of Danes in the United States. The museum’s mission is to celebrate Danish roots and American dreams and is the only accredited national museum dedicated to collecting and interpreting the Danish-American experience. Guidance is provided by a twenty-five member Board of Directors from across the United States and Denmark. The museum has a collection of over 30,000 artifacts, an active traveling exhibit program, and a membership of over 3,000 from across the United States, Denmark and seven other countries.  It has a staff of eleven full-time employees, six part-time employees and an active internship program hosting up to four Danish graduate students and an American graduate student annually. 

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  • A reading and speaking knowledge of Danish or another Scandinavian language is highly desirable, as is experience working in a library or research environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including:
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret genealogical and museum professional journals, legal documents, and policy statements, as well as a variety of sources containing genealogical information such as letters, diaries, journals and other legal and religious documents
    • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from patrons, volunteers, regulatory agencies, or the museum or library communities
    • Ability to effectively use computers and social media
    • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed styles and formats
    • Ability to present information effectively to administration, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Ability to create a budget
  • Ability to identify priorities and manage work accordingly
  • Ability to coordinate and deliver public programs and educational opportunities, both onsite and at outreach events


Museum of Danish America
2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, IA 51531
United States

How to apply

Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

Terri Johnson

Administrative Manager

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