DescriptionThe Rockefeller Archive Center seeks an experienced, forward-thinking, and versatile archivist to join its Collections Management team to take a leadership role in the management and oversight of the Archive Center’s audiovisual collections. The Archivist will be actively engaged in each area of the life cycle of audiovisual material, from accessioning to providing reference assistance.
The Archive Center’s audiovisual collections consist of films, video and audio from a wide variety of
nonprofit institutions (ranging from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations to the Asia Society and
Rockefeller University) as well as from the Rockefeller family. The Archive Center’s diverse collections include approximately 5,000 films, 10,000 audiotapes and 5,000 videotapes in a wide variety of formats, The Archivist's primary duties will include:
* contributing to the development of policies and standards for the care and preservation of the
Archive Center’s audiovisual collections;
* establishing physical and intellectual control on newly accessioned material and creating and
enhancing descriptions and finding aids using best practices;
* managing preservation and digitization projects and providing reference assistance to
researchers and donor organizations;
* supervising student employees and interns and providing outreach to enhance awareness and
use of the Archive Center’s collections.
Prospective candidates should hold an ALA-accredited Masters Degree in library, information, and/or archival science or an equivalent advanced degree. Prospective candidates should have at least five years of professional experience in a library or archival setting. Experience managing audiovisual workflows is required. Prospective candidates should have demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in the archiving and preservation of audiovisual material. Demonstrated knowledge of legacy audio and moving image media preferred. Prospective candidates should have a working knowledge of DACS and EAD descriptive standards.
Prospective candidates should have demonstrated supervisory ability and evidence of effective project planning, management, and completion. Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented approach with fellow staff members is required. Excellent written, verbal, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills are required. Managing a collection of this scope will also require physically
engaging with the collection, including climbing ladders and lifting a 25lbs box.
The Rockefeller Archive Center, an operating foundation with its own substantial endowment, is an
independent archive and research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse
domains it shapes. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and the foundations and nonprofits established by the family, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller University. Today, the Center's growing holdings include materials from numerous foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, as well as from many nonprofit organizations. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.
Located 20 miles north of New York City in Westchester County on a former Rockefeller estate, the
Archive Center is easily accessible from major highways and by train on the Metro-North Hudson Line.
The Rockefeller Archive Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to the
support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make
positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.
To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a
resume via email or mail to:
Rockefeller Archive Center
15 Dayton Ave
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
How to apply
Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016 21:38 UTC
Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC