Archivist I/II/III (Technical Services)

Salary: $52,000- $68,000
Created: February 11, 2020


Wayne State University seeks a service-oriented individual for the position of Technical Services Archivist. The Technical Services Archivist will work closely with archival preservation and content management systems with the purpose of improving collection management practices, as well as the preservation and discovery of digital materials. This position reports to the Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs and is an AAUP-AFT represented position on Employment Security System (ESS) track with eligibility for promotion. The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Archivist I, II, or III, based on qualifications and experience.

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs is the largest labor archives in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor related organizations. Its collection strengths extend to the political and community life of urban and metropolitan Detroit, the civil rights movement in Michigan and nationally, and women's struggles in the workplace. The Reuther Library is home to the Wayne State University Archives, established by the Board of Governors in 1958 in recognition of the importance and permanent value of the University's official files, records, and documents.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity, and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Essential job functions:

  • Oversee archives-oriented platforms for the discovery, management, and preservation of collections
  • Work towards integration of the preservation, collection management, and discovery systems used by the Reuther (presently Archivematica and ArchivesSpace)
  • Collaborate with Wayne State University Library System (WSULS) Discovery Services to ensure extensibility and compatibility of library-wide tools.
  • Articulation and application of relevant metadata schemas and standards
  • Maintain consistent "high-level" collection management practices through the creation of shared workflows, regular reports, and batch modifications of collection resources
  • Collaborate generally with staff (specifically with Digital Resources Specialist) to develop and streamline innovative access to digital content
  • Help conduct team-based web development using languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, and JS
  • Actively engage in shared decision-making for library planning, resource management, and policy development
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in a team based, production-oriented environment, as well as independently
  • Participate in the archival community through membership in and service to professional organizations
  • Meet the physical demands of the position, e.g. lift heavy storage boxes, climb stair ladders, work in a sedentary position for long durations.
  • Provide general reference services and perform other tasks as assigned by the director.


  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in library/information science, archival administration, or a related field
  • Working knowledge of digital repositories and emerging digital curation practices
  • Experience using and administering collection management and preservation systems, such as ArchivesSpace and Archivematica
  • Fundamental understanding of DACS, EAD, and other relevant description standards, e.g. ISAD(G)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing professional knowledge through formal training, continuing education, or professional certification
  • Ability to meet expectations for promotion and ESS as part of the Reuther Library academic staff

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • Open source software, e.g. Bagit, MediaConch, Sleuth Kit
  • ArchivesSpace API, JSON, RESTful Web services
  • Python, Ruby, or other high-level / object-oriented programming languages
  • Analysis and visualization of data using spreadsheets and other statistical analysis tools and methods

Rank and Salary:

  • Expected salary ranges from 52,000 – 68,000USD depending on rank, qualifications, and prior professional experience; Three (3) or more years of post-degree professional archive/library experience is required for rank above Archivist I

To Apply:
Archivist I/II/III (Technical Services) [Refer to posting number 044966]


Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 19:28 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 19:28 UTC