Development Associate and Consulting Archivist positions below

Development Associate

Full Time

$45,000 – $55,000 Commensurate to experience. LAHM provides a comprehensive benefits package including medical insurance, 401(k), and paid time off

Reports to: Executive Director

Work Locations: Queens, New York; Some remote work available

Position Summary:

The Development Associate supports LAHM’S individual, corporate, foundation and government funding efforts. They are responsible for working with the Executive Director, LAHM staff and strategic consultants to help meet and exceed the annual revenue goals – currently a $2 million annual budget and a multi-million endowment campaign as LAHM prepares to open a new, state-of-the-art building.

The Development Associate’s responsibilities include:

  • developing and implementing annual campaigns and membership drives
  • maintaining the donor database
  • drafting grant application materials, reports and donor correspondence
  • monitoring and meeting grant deadlines
  • planning and supporting events
  • conducting prospect research and setting up prospect meetings
  • supporting communications efforts

As a front-facing staff member, the Development Associate also learns and shares the legacy of Louis and Lucille Armstrong for museum visitors, donors and constituents. The Development Associate reports to the Executive Director.


We are looking for someone who is collaborative, innovative, and meticulous. Ideal qualifications include:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Three+ years of work experience in development or related field
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Willingness to take initiative and able to work independently as well as with a team
  • Ability to manage/prioritize concurrent processes/projects, and focus on the small but important details while keeping the bigger picture in mind
  • Excellent office and computer skills. Proficient in Word, Excel, and experience working with, or willing to learn, a customer relations management database – Altru
  • Knowledge of jazz, civil rights, and Louis Armstrong as an American icon is a plus


Hours: 40 hours per week (Full Time)

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Accommodating to weekend and evening events, as needed

Some remote work available


HOW TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to subject DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE


Consulting Archivist

Part Time 

Contract Duration: 9 months

Scope of work:

Supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archives (LAHM) is seeking an Archivist on a consultant basis to ensure the long-term preservation, cataloguing, digitization, and accessibility of the new additions to the Armstrong Archival Collections and to help transition the archives into the new Louis Armstrong Center. The Archivist will collaborate with the Director of Research Collections in activities including acquisition, organization, cataloging, processing, digitization, collections care and accessibility. The successful candidate will have a record of engagement with African American art, history and/or music, and will be capable of relating such knowledge to Louis Armstrong’s role as one of the foremost Black artists of the 20th century. 

Essential duties:

  • Arrange, preserve, catalogue, and digitize newly acquired collections
  • Help plan the transition of the archives into the new Louis Armstrong Center
  • Research and implement trends in archival standards and practices to ensure the long-term care of the collection
  • Help curate virtual exhibits based on newly digitized materials, encouraging new understanding of Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s legacy on American history and culture
  • Help manage access to the archival materials through the Digital Collections platform
  • Other duties assigned


  • At least 4 years of professional archival experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field such as history/African American history, library science, and archival science
  • Proven knowledge of African American history and contemporary contributions of Black artists to American arts and culture
  • Experience working with digitized collections and creating virtual programs preferred
  • Fully vaccinated (or approved for an exemption due to a qualified disability)

Time Required: 2 – 3 days/week

Work Locations: Primarily in-person at the LAHM Archives on the campus of Queens College or at the LAHM Corona campus with some virtual meetings

Reports to: Director of Research Collections

Supervises: Some service providers and consultants

Compensation: ~ $40,000 in installments, subject to satisfactory completion of the duties described in the scope of work

To apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to, Subject: Consulting Archivist