University Archivist at The George Washington University

Washington, D.C.
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Created: October 22, 2014


The George Washington University invites applications for an innovative, strategic and creative leader for its University Archives program.

The University Archives is located administratively within the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department. Special collections and archives, including the University Archives program, are a strategic priority of the University Libraries.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Archives, the University Archivist provides leadership for the development of collections, tools and services to enhance and extend use of the University’s historical records and raise awareness of the archives’ services on campus. A priority for the position is to develop strong relationships within the libraries and with academic and administrative partners across campus. These collaborative relationships enable the archivist to identify at-risk historical materials, to provide timely record keeping advice, and to develop creative ways, many of them involving technology, to support campus information and research needs.

Key Libraries collaborators include the Scholarly Technology Group, the libraries’ development and communications officers, and Research and User Services librarians.

Key collaborators across campus include External Relations, the Alumni Association, faculty, staff and administrators. The Archivist also seeks out and nurtures relationships external to the University that support the mission and activities of the Libraries and the University.

Basic Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library/Information Science or an advanced degree with relevant experience and continuing education.
  • Minimum of 3 years working as an archivist in an academic or research setting.
  • Experience with archival principles and practices including appraisal, description, processing, reference and outreach.
  • Experience with archival materials in a wide variety of formats such as manuscript, audiovisual, digitized or born digital materials.
  • Experience with library and archives technology such as web archiving and digital institutional repositories.
  • Record of growing professional contribution and service.
  • Experience in project management.

For a full list of qualifications, additional information and to apply, please visit

Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. To be considered, please complete an online faculty application at and upload a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications, and curriculum vitae. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:15 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:42 UTC