Assistant Archivist

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Created: September 25, 2013


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The Gates Archive is seeking an Assistant Archivist to join our dynamic team. Our organization is results driven – requiring creativity, collaboration and exceptional written and verbal communication skills. The selected candidate will join a 21st Century archive ‐ created from the ground up, with careful attention to best practices and innovative approaches to the active management, preservation and access of paper, audiovisual, digitized, and digital records.
This position requires relocation to the Pacific Northwest, and entails a rigorous background and security check.

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Work closely with and under the direction of Archivists to:
  • Interact and collaborate with donors regarding acquisition of archival materials
  • Arrange and describe archival materials
  • Refine and implement workflows for the acquisition, processing and access of audiovisual, digitized, and born‐digital materials
  • Maintain statistics, reports, and other metrics to improve collection management functions
  • Fulfill other organizational duties as required
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty with a high degree of accuracy. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Required Skills
  • A demonstrated command of modern archival theory, standards, and practices and their implementation. This knowledge includes an understanding of appraisal methods, arrangement and description, preservation, and access (physical/digital)
  • Experience processing images and audiovisual materials
  • Experience with digitization of archival materials and related delivery systems
  • Understanding of and ability to apply controlled vocabularies and descriptive standards, (e.g. DACS,EAD, and AAT)
  • Knowledge of information technologies appropriate to special collections, archives, and digital libraries
  • Familiarity with database management, word processing, spreadsheet software, and web‐based applications and technologies used in an archives environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively in a rapidly changing environment
  • Proven ability to prioritize work and meet multiple deadlines
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Preferred Skills
  • Demonstrated experience creating online finding aids
  • Demonstrated experience planning and managing processing projects
  • Familiarity with a variety of metadata standards (e.g. METS, MODS, and PREMIS)
  • Experience handling digital media and born‐digital files in archival collections
  • Experience with the implementation of digital repository systems
  • Experience performing basic preservation techniques to archival materials (e.g. document flattening, fastener removal, rehousing, humidification, etc.)
  • Experience interpreting and applying restrictions for access to and/or use of archival materials


Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 18:11 UTC

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