Community and University Archivist

Reno, NV
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Salary: $67,000
Created: April 17, 2023


Community and University Archivist


University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for a Community and University Archivist. This position, reporting to the Director of Distinctive Collections, will join the Special Collections and University Archives Department with a primary curatorial assignment focusing on the University and the western Great Basin. The Community and University Archivist (CUA) serves a vital role in assisting the University to foster its unique identity and sense of place, and document its significance to Nevada, the region, and the world. The CUA is responsible for appraisal and acquisition of materials in all formats and will provide leadership and expertise in the Libraries' efforts to document and preserve the history, activities, and impact of significant topical areas and regional communities.

The CUA will seek out archives and special collections materials that add to or strengthen diverse voices and experiences in the department's collections. The CUA will work with a wide range of staff, campus, and community partners to develop and promote the collections and the archives in support of teaching, research, and learning. The CUA will be the primary contact for collection creators, experts, and donors and is aware of and participates in national and regional theoretical, conceptual, and practical developments in the field of archival studies, and cultivates external impact in the form of service to the profession and original research.

This is a tenure-track faculty position that requires scholarly activity and publication and service on professional and university committees.

More information about the University Libraries' expectations related to faculty rank and tenure can be found in the

Community and University Archivist responsibilities will include:

Professional Practice (70%)

Appraisal and Collection Development

• Recognizes monitors, and assesses historically significant cultural, organizational, and social developments pertaining to assigned areas (the University, its impact on Nevada and the region)

• Identifies, appraises, acquires and makes accessible archival materials, regardless of format, that have enduring significance and value in accordance with collection development policies

• Works closely with Digital Services to appraise and acquire web-based, email, or other born digital records

• Formulates strategic priorities for collection development, advocates priorities for collections and services pertaining to archival materials in assigned curatorial areas

• Collaborates with the Director and other staff to manage collections priorities, donor relationships, and project priorities

Collaboration and Community Support

• Serves as a primary expert on assigned curatorial areas

• Collaborates and builds alliances that serve the university community through the creation, acquisition, and promotion of archival collections

• Consults with and supports other staff who manage, process, provide access to, and describe archival materials

• Draws on professional expertise and collaborates with other staff to provide services and/or guidance to our stakeholder communities related to archives and recordkeeping

Access and User Services

• Provides user assistance, including regular shifts at the reference desk

• Participates in the development and assessment of procedures and policies

• Other duties as assigned

Professional Service (15%)

• Contribute professional expertise, knowledge, and experience to local, state, regional, and national or international professional organizations.

Research and Scholarship (15%)

• Perform original research and disseminate the results through publication and/or presentation in scholarly venues.

Required Qualifications

MLIS or related degree and three (3) years of related professional work experience

Related Experience: with archival appraisal and donor relations, born-digital archival materials archival policy writing, archival collections management, and/or assessment of intellectual property rights pertaining to archival materials in a major research university.

Preferred Qualifications

We recognize that candidates may not have all the preferred qualifications—we encourage you to apply if you meet some or most of them.

• Knowledge of academic archives at land grant institutions

• Knowledge of laws and ethical standards relevant to American archival practice

• Experience with technologies and tools used in archives

• Knowledge of appraisal of complex archival materials in a variety of formats, including digital

• Experience working collaboratively and independently

• Experience writing and developing policies and procedures

• Experience communicating, serving, and collaborating across cultures and/or with people with a variety of perspectives, experiences, and identities


Salary minimum is $67,000. This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Appointment may be at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and achievement. To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit:

Benefits - Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada. In addition, the University offers several voluntary deferred compensation programs. - Health insurance options including dental and vision, life insurance and long-term disability. - Generous annual and sick leave; thirty (30) days of sick leave provided upon start date and two (2) days of sick leave accrued per full month after the first year of service, two (2) days of annual leave accrued each full month. - supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.

Perks of working at UNR - The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Program - The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner. - E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. - Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. - Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University.

• Nevada residents do not pay state income tax.

About the University Libraries

The University Libraries has been a cornerstone of the University since it was founded in 1874. Today it encompasses a blend of cutting-edge research facilities and services, including the state-of-the-art Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (main library), Special Collections and University Archives, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, Jon Bilbao Basque Library, and mailto:@One Digital Media and Technology Center. The University Libraries fulfills its mission to further intellectual inquiry and innovation; partner with students and faculty in the creation of new knowledge; and foster excellence in education through providing access to scholarly resources, active learning environments, contemporary technology, and knowledgeable assistance, all with an underlying core focus on

Contact Information:

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Full-Time Equivalent

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Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

Posting Close Time

This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person's age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes).

About Us

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public research university committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Founded in 1874 as Nevada's original land-grant university, the University serves 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries.

The University is classified by the Carnegie® Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R1 university: A doctoral university with very high research activity. In 2020, the University was also recognized in the Carnegie® Community Engagement classification. The University is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the “Best Global Universities”, and it ranks in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Since 2009, the University has invested more than $850 million in advanced labs, facilities, and residence halls. It is home to Nevada's first medical school — the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine — and delivers on its original land-grant mission with outreach across the state through the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada Small Business Development Center, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and Wolf Pack Athletics.

The University's main campus is in Reno, Nevada — a burgeoning global technology hub with a vibrant Midtown and downtown. Located where the high desert of the Great Basin meets the High Sierra, the University's beautiful, 290-acre main campus is also a Nevada State Arboretum. In recent years, the University has added two additional locations: the Redfield campus in south Reno and the Wayne L. Prim campus in Incline Village, the home of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe.

The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which is comprised of two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute, and is committed to developing strong partnerships with each institution for the benefit of all Nevadans.

Through its commitment to high-impact education, world-improving research and creative activity, and outreach that's transforming Nevada's communities and businesses, the University continues its nearly 150-year tradition of benefitting our state, nation and world.

The University recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. The inclusive and engaged community on campus recognizes the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Today, the University delivers on its original land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement and vibrant campus life that promote our diverse students' cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education.

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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Published: Thursday, April 20, 2023 16:52 UTC

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