University Archivist

Waltham, MA
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Salary: $87,600-$100,800
Created: January 3, 2024


Brandeis University is delighted to announce a position of a University Archivist. Reporting to the AUL for Archives and Special Collections, the University Archivist provides leadership in the curation, acquisition, management, and long-term availability of institutionally created content of enduring value in all formats, including print, electronic, and born digital materials documenting the history of the institution. The University Archivist provides expertise and management in the areas of collection development, collection management, archival processing, and collections digitization.

The hiring range for this position is $87,600 - 100,800.

The job will remain open until filled; however, applications received before January 15 will receive primary consideration.

Primary Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Proactively identifies, collects, and ensures the long-term availability of University content of enduring value in all formats. Establishes and maintains a front-facing presence for the University Archives, building strong relationships across the university community to build archival collections and to ensure the regular and systematic transfer of historical records. Proactively works to fill gaps in the archival collection and to record the diverse experiences of Brandeis University life. Works closely with the Program Director for University Records Management to ensure that campus records of permanent value are appropriately retained, including advising University departments on the basic management and disposition of archival records.
  • Uses expertise in the areas of collections development, collections management, metadata/processing, and digitization to lead and manage team of professional staff within the Archives and Special Collections department. Provides expert leadership and supervision in internal-facing collections areas, including collections management, archival processing and other metadata, discoverability, and collections digitization. Works collaboratively with colleagues in the department of Collections, Assessment, Technical Services & Systems (CATSS), as well as other departments. May also supervise interns, grant-funded contract staff, and student workers toward collections goals.
  • Develops priorities and executes plans for managing and retaining materials of historical value to the University. Develops and maintains plans, priorities, and procedures to make archival collections discoverable. Actively curates digital archival material throughout the full lifecycle, and creates and executes workflows and processes for the acquisition, management, and retention of born-digital materials.
  • Participates in Library and University committees and groups.

Job Requirements:

Master's degree (MLIS with archives concentration or equivalent) or equivalent graduate degree in which coursework has focused on the physical and intellectual control of archival collections; some work experience may be substituted for education.

5-8 years' related archival work experience (including management experience)


Preferred experience:

Knowledge of copyright law, FERPA, and other laws and regulations affecting access to and reproduction of University records. Knowledge of institutions of higher education.

Project management experience. Knowledge of archival database applications, digitization technologies and standards, archival processing, and archival metadata standards.

Experience in donor relations. High level of discretion and confidentiality required.


Closing Statement

Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, caste, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, including transgender identity, religion, disability, age, genetics, active military or veteran status and any other characteristics protected under applicable federal or Massachusetts law.

Last updated: Thursday, January 4, 2024 23:09 UTC