Community Archivist (At Will Appointment)

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Created: October 17, 2018


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, empathetic, collaborative, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional for the position of Community Archivist for the Southern Historical Collection, a department of the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The Community Archivist will:

  • Serve as project manager for the grant outcomes and products
  • Manage the work of one full-time employee and three graduate student assistants
  • Coordinate “Archivist in a Backpack” and other community trainings and outreach
  • Communicate and publish project practices, news and content via web, social media, print, donor ed videos, and training materials
  • Plan and facilitate project IT needs as they arise
  • Solicit community feedback, prepare reports, and track budgets



  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or a related advanced degree.
  • Experience in an archive, special collections, or professional experience in public history or community outreach.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles that dictate archival appraisal, description, and reference as well as interest or experience in applying these principles in a community-driven archival framework.
  • Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, as well as willingness to adjust to job duties as changes in technology and user needs dictate.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines in an evolving environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, students, faculty, researchers, and community members.
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds


  • 2-5 years of professional experience in an archive, special collections, or professional experience in public history or community outreach.
  • Relevant managerial and or supervisory experience and experience in grant administration.
  • Strong commitment to public service, particularly to working with underrepresented communities.
  • Experience in the acquisition of manuscript, archival, or other special collections, including working with collection donors.
  • Demonstrated instruction skills.
  • Experience in library, scholarly, or community programming
  • Comfort with new digital and social media tools for historical resources.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes nine libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke UniversityNorth Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staffs and therefore welcome applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Southern Historical Collection

The Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at Wilson Special Collections Library encourages the study and appreciation of the history and culture of the American South by collecting, preserving, and promoting the use of unique documentary materials of enduring historical value that reflect American life and culture between the late colonial period and the present day. Totaling over 20 million items organized in more than 5,000 collections, these materials document antebellum plantation life, slavery, the American Civil War, the Long Civil Rights Movement, and social change, with substantial holdings on family life, politics and governance, religion, business, labor, literature, sociology, and journalism. The SHC also is the repository for interviews conducted by the Southern Oral History Program with Southerners who have made significant contributions to a variety of fields and that will render historically visible those whose experience is not reflected in traditional written sources.

SHC collections and programs enable users to derive meanings from the Southern past and to support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service. The SHC welcomes professional, student, and public researchers from around the world to conduct research in an atmosphere that encourages intellectual exploration and exchange and supports an extensive program of ongoing digitization and online delivery of its collections.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than a half-day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is an At Will Appointment, contingent upon the availability of funding. The salary range is $58,000 – $62,000 for this position. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and state or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Applications
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications by the date the review begins.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a cover letter, a resume, and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position. 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

How to apply


Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 20:49 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 20:49 UTC