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Job Opportunities with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants provides education about the Pilgrims, their contributions and what their 1620 voyage means today.  As the preeminent authority on the legacy of the Pilgrims, GSMD plays a crucial role when it comes to increasing public awareness of the importance of the Pilgrims' lives and legacies, as well as maintaining the highest standards possible for genealogy research into the lineage of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Along with our 12 Executive Committee members, the officers of our 54 Member Societies, and many dedicated volunteers that fill a myriad of roles, GSMD’s mission is supported by a growing staff at our international headquarters in Plymouth, MA.

Open job positions:

Genealogist: Lineage Verification


Job/Position Title: 
Lineage Verifier


Effective Date:
April 1, 2021

Reports to:
Director of Genealogy and Research Services

Weekly Hours:
20-40

Position Overview:

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) has openings in the Department of Genealogy and Research Services. These positions will work remotely as part of a team to process membership applications, by evaluating lineage information and documentation for completeness, validity, and correctness.  Experience in professional genealogical research and methods is key to this role. 

Required Qualifications & Skills: 

  • Two or more years' professional experience in genealogical research.
  • Demonstrates proven experience resolving conflicting evidence and same name problems.
  • Experience working with original and compiled sources, both original hard copy and digital documents, as well as knowledge of advanced internet search techniques, including wildcard usage.
  • Demonstrates strong writing skills; able to clearly explain complex research problems and provide recommendations for further research.
  • Demonstrates advanced proficiency in word processing (Microsoft Word & Adobe PDF) software, and on and offline database and lineage software.
  • Attention to detail; experience in proofing and editing, as well as excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Communicate and respond to supervision effectively using video conference applications (Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc).  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates with experience in advanced genealogical methods.
  • Experience with lineage society applications a plus.
  • Proven track record of remote productivity a plus.

To apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to jobs@themayflowersociety.org by April 30th, 2021.   

Finalists will be asked to provide a sample analysis of genealogy or family research submitted in narrative form.

Library & Research Clerk


Job/Position Title: 
Library & Research Clerk


Date of Posting:
April 28, 2021

Reports to:
Library & Research Assistant

Weekly Hours:
40

Position Overview:

The role of the Library & Research Clerk is to support the Librarian & Research Assistant in responding to inquiries submitted to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants from its 54 Member Societies, as well as to respond to information requests from prospective members. Specifically, the Library & Research Clerk assists with information and application requests from Member Society Historians and supports Mayflower Lineage Match processing. Responsibilities include a wide variety of general clerical tasks as well as data entry into and report generation from various databases and other computer related operations. Developing a working knowledge of library resources is critical to success in this role.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions): 

  • Support and assist with timely request fulfillment through the use of the Mayflower Society’s library resources:  
    • Process and fulfill requests for information and documentation from prospective and/or current members of the Mayflower Society using the most applicable records to support the lineage in question;
    • Redact personal information on each application using AdobePro, according to GSMD’s 100-year privacy policy; 
    • Prepare professional responses (in both email and letter formats) to inquiries providing redacted information and instruction;
    • Assist in supporting Member Society Historian research and information requests.
  • Support Mayflower Lineage Match processing  
    • Perform initial processing including reconciling forms and payments and the creation of a file for each submission;
    • Review submitted requests to assess processing requirements;
    • Using the Mayflower Society’s internal publications and records, locate the most relevant approved application and, working with the Librarian and Research Assistant, validate the lineage submission.
  • As needed:
    • Respond to phone inquiries.
    • Assist in document search and other research.
    • Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Skills:

REQUIRED:  2-4 years’ experience in an office or data entry environment with the following skills:

  • Basic genealogy and research skills are required
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel & Access) including data entry, exporting, sorting, filtering, formatting and printing
  • Familiarity with Adobe PDF (Acrobat Pro, will train)
  • Comfortable in learning new technology
  • Proficient in email correspondence with attachments (Gmail and Microsoft Outlook)
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Typing and Data Entry (with an emphasis on accuracy over speed)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Personable and professional telephone and email skills that includes patience and sensitivity with seniors
  • Genealogical knowledge (a plus)
  • Familiarity with the Mayflower Society’s Mayflower Families Through Five Generations book series (or “Silver Books”) and/or lineage society applications is a plus 
  • Familiarity with FamilyTreeMaker or other genealogy programs is a plus
  • Office space may be open to the public which requires a certain level of discretion and decorum be maintained during open hours.

To apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to jobs@themayflowersociety.org by May 17th, 2021.  

Senior Genealogy Clerk


Job/Position Title: 
Senior Genealogy Clerk


Date of Posting:
April 28, 2021

Reports to:
Applications Manager

Weekly Hours:
40

Position Overview:

To assistant the Application Manager with the processing and management of the lineage applications submitted to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants from its 54 Member Societies. Responsibilities include a wide variety of general clerical tasks as well as data entry into various databases, writing and generating reports from these databases, and other computer related operations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions): 

  • Support assigned data entry processes, using Word, Excel, Access, Donor Perfect, iMIS and ancestry tree software.
  • Write and generate reports from above database (multiple reports per week): prepare weekly reports, periodic management information reports as well as monthly/annual count reports.
  • Application Batch Processing (labeling, scanning, tracking of applications)
  • Quality control (of applications, reports, databases, and scans)
  • Emailing reports and scans (daily) 
  • As requested, answer phone promptly and use good judgment to prioritize the distribution of messages in a timely manner.
  • Assist in resolving any administrative problems.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Qualifications and Skills:

REQUIRED:  2-4 years’ experience in an office or data entry environment with the following skills:

  • Typing and Data Entry (with an emphasis on accuracy over speed)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Access and Excel, including data entry, exporting, sorting, filtering, formatting and printing
  • Familiarity with Adobe PDF (Acrobat Pro, will train)
  • Proficient in email correspondence with attachments (Microsoft Outlook)
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Neat, legible handwriting
  • Personable and professional telephone and email skills that includes patience and sensitivity with seniors
  • Genealogical knowledge (a plus)

Physical Requirements and Working Environment:

Position requires sitting for extended periods while working at a computer terminal or laptop and the ability to bend and reach, to retrieve and file, legal size folders from file drawers as well as vertical racking.  Office space is limited and shared by other staff and volunteers. Workspace location may shift depending on day, task and other staff requirements.  Office space may be open to the public which requires a certain level of discretion and decorum be maintained during open hours.

To apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to jobs@themayflowersociety.org by May 17th, 2021.  

About The Mayflower Society:

Founded in 1897, The Mayflower Society, or General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with international headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Membership requires proof of lineage to one of the passengers who traveled to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Its mission includes education about the Mayflower Pilgrims and maintaining the gold standard of Mayflower Pilgrim lineage through its research and publications. The Society publishes the Mayflower Families Silver Books and other Pilgrim-related materials. It operates a genealogical research library at its Plymouth headquarters and offers tours of the historic Mayflower Society House and National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse. 

Website: www.themayflowersociety.org     Facebook: facebook.com/themayflowersociety

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