Museum Archivist

Los Angeles
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Created: July 7, 2016


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County seeks applications for a Museum Archivist to manage the institutional archives and records of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County family of museums. The Archives Department is administratively part of the Research Library and provides archives and records management services for, and acquires and provides access to, archival records across all programs.

Reporting to the Chief Librarian, the successful candidate will have: knowledge of both archives and records management practices; a combination of traditional and digital archives experience; knowledge of digitization practices for archival materials; familiarity with managing born digital content; an ability to overhaul a static archive program to one that is outward-looking and active; successful grant writing and fund raising experience; records management training and experience; capability to ensure that the Museum follows best practices and is in compliance with the relevant standards set forth by the Society of American Archivists, the American Library Association, the American Association of Museums, ARMA International and others. This is a strategic position that requires the ability and experience to work collaboratively with staff from all departments and all levels of seniority towards integrating access to information assets across the organization.


Required education and experience:

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) with a focus on Archival Management and Records Management or a Master of Arts in Public History with a focus on Archival Management and Records Management with library experience.

Minimum 7 to 10 years of professional experience with archives or special collections and records management in a cultural heritage or educational setting.  

Thorough knowledge of records management principles and practices, archival standards and practices, and legal and ethical issues related to records and archives management.

Minimum 3 to 5 years of project management and supervisory experience.

Thorough knowledge of ongoing developments in the archival profession, particularly in born-digital resource management.

Technological competencies including the use of library and archive management systems.

Strong communication, collaboration, and client service skills.

Ability to meet deadlines, apply policies and procedures consistently, and present recommendations.

Academic experience in natural sciences or history (particularly California history) a plus

For the best consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, names of three references, and a vision statement. The cover letter should address your experience in managing archives and records, briefly describe your leadership style, and define your experience in managing projects and budgets. The vision document should be a one to two page statement of interest and vision for the institutional archives and records management program at the Museum. All requested information is due no later than close of business by Thursday, September 1, 2016.

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