Refer to Posting Number: 06070616
Assistant Archivist, full-time
The Kellen Archives seeks an enthusiastic assistant archivist to assume a broad range of responsibilities. Working closely with the Kellen's director/archivist, the assistant archivist will help accession, arrange, describe, preserve and manage the Kellen collections.
The assistant archivist will also participate in the development and articulation of workflows and procedures, oversee student and project assistants, provide reference support to researchers, and develop and shepherd digital projects. Joining the Kellen during a period of regeneration, the assistant archivist's immediate responsibilities will be to help bring its holdings into line with current professional standards and practices. Later responsibilities may entail assisting with education outreach programs, grant writing, web design and mounting exhibitions.
The Kellen Archives collects primary materials documenting the history of Parsons since its founding in 1896, work created and collected by former students, faculty and affiliates of the school in the course of their design careers, and other design-related materials that serve as a resource to New School students and outside researchers. The Kellen's holdings include artwork, artist records, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, publications, administrative records, correspondence, videotapes, 16mm films, reference files, news clippings, ephemera, and born-digital designs.
Master's Degree in Archival Management, or Master's Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with a focus in archival and special collections studies
1-2 years successful experience as a processing archivist
Demonstrated understanding of the principles of arrangement and description of archival collections; understanding of the uses of DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, and current archival best practices and standards
Superior written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational, time and project management skills
Familiarity with the preservation and conservation needs of paper-based documents and items
Experience with digital preservation, metadata and access tools and methodologies; and ease comprehending and adapting to new applications
Ability to work independently, to take initiative and to exercise sound judgment
Willingness to follow through on assigned tasks, and to respect established standards and procedures
Intellectual curiosity and eagerness to develop new strengths; commitment to professional growth; engagement with archival issues
Interest in the history, theory and practice of the design professions
Ability, and willingness, to routinely lift material weighing heavy archival containers
Strong work ethic
Experience working with artwork on paper, photographs and other graphic media
Experience providing reference in an archives or manuscripts repository
Experience with EAD mark-up of finding aids and MARC records
Experience with metadata standards and creation
Proficiency working in Archivists' Toolkit and/or collection management systems
Experience with digital assets management systems and imaging equipment
Experience with the collection and preservation of born-digital materials
This is a union position. Open until filled.
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Refer to Posting Number: 06070616