Manager, Archive Solutions

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
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Created: May 20, 2016


The Gates Archive is the trusted custodian of the philanthropic and personal archival collections of the Gates Family. The selected candidate will join a dynamic and results-driven organization – one which values creativity, collaboration, and innovative thinking.

The Manager of Archive Solutions will report to the Director of Gates Archive, and will be responsible for the development and execution of business and technology solutions to effectively fulfill the organization’s mission.

A successful candidate for this position will be able to work independently and under direction, demonstrating comfort with ambiguity, exceptional communication skills and ability to execute while maintaining a positive and collaborative approach.

The Archive Solutions Manager works closely with and under the guidance of the Director to:
  • Provide dynamic and strategic leadership across the archive in order to deliver business and technical solutions that enable the archive to fulfill its mission and goals
  • Plan, develop, and execute short and long-range strategies for all aspects of the archive’s solution environment: process workflows, hardware, software, digitization, strategic planning, assessment, and program management
  • Supervise the Solutions team to ensure quality delivery of services and collaboration - including goal-setting, performance management, professional development, etc.
  • Develop and manage a comprehensive Solutions operating budget
  • Proactively support the ongoing research, evaluation, and recommendation of archival tools
  • Foster an environment for the entire archive team to experiment and innovate on new services and tools
  • Sustain and enhance connections between archivists, technologists, and project teams
  • Develop and successfully manage vendor relationships
  • Actively participate in activities to promote and advance the profession
  • 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
  • Demonstrated expertise defining, planning, executing, and managing technology initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team of technology and archive or library professionals to effectively implement technology solutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of server and storage architectures
  • Proven ability to develop one and five-year budget plans and effectively manage financial forecast vs actual
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively in a rapidly changing environment
  • Proven ability to prioritize work, meet multiple deadlines, and deliver focused decision-making
  • Strong organizational, managerial, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to identify emerging trends in archive or library technology solutions
Preferred Skills
  • Demonstrated command of modern archival theory, standards, and practices and their implementation (appraisal methods, arrangement and description, cataloging, preservation, and access)
  • Familiarity with a variety of metadata standards (e.g. Dublin Core, METS, MODS, and PREMIS)
  • Experience handling digital media and born-digital files in archival collections
  • Experience with the implementation of digital repository systems
  • Experience leading digital programs including digitization, DAMS management, and related delivery systems
  • Experience interpreting and applying restrictions for access to and/or use of archival materials
  • A Master’s Degree of History, or Library & Information Science (ALA accredited), or other relevant advanced degree
  • Minimum five years relevant work experience in a cultural heritage environment leading technology or digital library projects

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