Digital Archivist

Sleepy Hollow
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Created: January 17, 2012


The Rockefeller Archive Center invites applications for a Digital Archivist position. This individual will oversee the development and management of the Archive Center’s Digital Library, which will consist of digitized archival materials, born-digital archival materials, EAD finding aids, and thematic collections generated by Archive Center staff and scholars.

The Digital Archivist will conduct iterative design and development of the digital library; manage and automate frequently occurring digital library tasks; integrate the digital library with the RAC preservation repository and website platforms; aid in development of policies concerning the digital library; provide technical assistance in problem-solving tasks; assist in digital curation and preservation tasks; provide AT database management, as needed; keep up-to-date in the latest technologies related to digital humanities, archives, and libraries; and participate in professional development activities.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLIS or Masters in Information Science, Archival Science, or related field
  • At least 5 years experience working in archives and library settings
  • Demonstrated knowledge of library and archival metadata standards such as EAD, METS, MODS, DC, PREMIS, MIX
  • Proficiency with XML and XSLT
  • Knowledge of copyright and permissions issues as they relate to digital repositories
  • Knowledge of usability testing and user experience design
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated planning and project management skills


  • Familiarity with CSS 3, HTML 5, and JavaScript
  • Knowledge of content management systems,especially Omeka, Archivists’ Tookit, Drupal and XTF
  • Familiarity with JavaScript
  • Programming/scripting skills in Perl, Python, or PHP
  • Involvement and/or interest in the digital humanities
  • Experience working with SQL databases
  • Knowledge of accessible website design
  • Knowledge of digital preservation practices

About Us:

The Rockefeller Archive Center is a repository of historic documents in a wide variety of media and a research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains shaped by philanthropy. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and their wide-ranging philanthropic endeavors (including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller University).

Today, the Center's growing holdings include materials from numerous non-Rockefeller foundations and nonprofit organizations, making it a premier center for research on philanthropy and civil society. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine. Through the scholars it serves and the broader community it reaches with its publications, workshops, and symposia, the Archive Center is a vital resource for research and public dialogue on the contributions of philanthropy to the well-being of people throughout the world.

Please submit resume via email or mail to:

Rockefeller Archive Center 15 Dayton Ave Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Please specify Digital Archivist Position on the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

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