National Education Association (NEA) Archivist

Salary: See posting
Created: February 8, 2022


GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) enriches the academic experience of scholars and students and sparks innovation at GW. Our people, programs, partnerships, and services enable research and teaching through access to the latest scholarship as well as rich archival resources; tailored support for researchers at all levels; guidance for faculty who want to explore new teaching methods and technologies in the classroom; and robust support for online education. 

GWLAI seeks nominations and applications for a collaborative and service-oriented National Education Association (NEA) Archivist. LAI invites interested information professionals of all backgrounds and depths of experience who have an interest in being part of a vibrant, collaborative, mission-driven academic service organization to apply to work with us.

A virtual information session about the NEA Archivist position will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7PM (Eastern) Please register for the information session in order to receive access to the webinar.

This session will be recorded and linked from the library's website following the event.

Primary job responsibilities 

  • Arrange, describe, and make accessible the archival records and publications of the National Education Association (NEA) and other education related archival collections, and supervise students undertaking similar work.

  • Working closely with colleagues and other stakeholders, revise legacy descriptive metadata in catalog records and finding aids; develop and implement culturally responsive methodologies for archival description and access.

  • Provide reference, research, and instruction services for NEA and other collections.  

  • Collaborate with colleagues, faculty, students, and special collections user communities to understand, articulate, and promote the multi-disciplinary research value of the NEA archives and related collections. 

  • Work closely with archival content donors, especially the NEA, to successfully steward archival collections, often engaging in outreach activities and/or exhibit development. 

  • Collaboratively select, prioritize, and prepare collection materials for digitization.

  • Employ tools and techniques such as oral history interviews and web archiving to fill gaps in the official organizational record of the NEA.

  • Participate in collection development of NEA and education-related archival content to support and expand existing collection strengths and meet demonstrated research needs and trends.  

  • Participate in libraries-wide collection development of secondary source content. 

  • Conduct library instruction for undergraduate and graduate level courses in partnership with faculty, including partnering with GW’s first-year University Writing Program. 

  • Serve as an active participant in GWLAI teams and projects and across campus. 

  • Contribute to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in scholarly/professional venues and through service to the University and the profession. 

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science or other advanced degree with relevant experience. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to partner with academic departments to advance scholarship in the disciplines. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others in an environment committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. 

  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. 

This position reports to the Collections Coordinator for the Special Collections Research Center and may be eligible for partial telework.

When applying for the NEA Archivist position please highlight the experiences you have that address the job responsibilities and demonstrate your ability to thrive in this position and within the broader GWLAI and university communities. 

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for these positions. 

Appointment Rank & Salary 

Salary minimums by rank are:

Librarian 1: $54,000; Librarian 2: $58,956; Librarian 3: $68,700

Salary is negotiable, contingent upon rank, skills and qualifications and is competitive for DC-area academic libraries. Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave; 12 days/year paid sick leave; paid winter break and 7 other holidays; medical, dental, and vision; 401(A) retirement plan, 4% base and GW will match 150% of the first 4% of your 403(B) contributions, up to a maximum of 6% of your eligible compensation; tuition assistance; generous ongoing support for professional development; and paid parental leave. Librarians are eligible to apply for research leave after a defined period of service. For benefit details, please visit GW Benefits.

This position is classified as a Council of Librarians position. Proven commitment to the profession is expected and can be exhibited through service, publications, presentations, and other contributions to the University and profession.

Application procedure

To be considered, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a reference check and standard background screening.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 15:48 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 15:48 UTC