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The Lead Archivist will supervise a team of archivists during a large-scale processing project to arrange and describe unique manuscript collections dating from the 19th to the 21st century. Work will take place in a state-of-the-art archives and library facility in New Haven, Connecticut. The Lead Archivist and her/his colleagues will process manuscript collections which include papers, photographs, original artworks, and scrapbooks of among others, avant-garde writers, contemporary poets, and children’s book illustrators and authors. This full-time, salaried, two-year contract position includes medical, dental, and vision benefits. Winthrop also provides employees with paid time off and funding for professional development. Salary range: $66,000 to $70,000 per year.
- Appraises and processes archival materials in ArchivesSpace at a baseline level.
- Creates collection-level MARC records in the Voyager cataloging module.
- Acts as primary liaison with curators and other relevant department managers.
- Performs regular quality assurance reviews of archivists’ work.
- Identifies materials requiring conservation treatment and/or specialized housing
- Develops workflows and improves efficiency while adapting to variations in collections’ conditions and time requirements.
- Analyzes and tracks workflows. Develops work plans and other documentation.
- Communicates and documents processes and procedures.
- Collaborates with team members and on-site support staff.
- Schedules, sets appropriate goals/deadlines, and prioritizes workloads for a team of archivists.
- Assigns and monitors progress on assignments and special projects to ensure timely completion of work.
- Advises senior management on operational, administrative, and personnel matters.
- Communicates regularly with Senior Archivist based in New York City.
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree with formal training in or demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice.
- Experience arranging and describing manuscript and/or archival collections.
- Demonstrated knowledge of EAD, DACS, and other standards and structures.
- Experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
- Experience working collaboratively and independently within a complex organization.
- Demonstrated proficiency in use of ArchivesSpace content management system and Microsoft Excel.
- Familiarity with MARC cataloging.
- 3 years of professional level archives work.
- 1 or more years of formal or informal supervisory experience.
- 3 or more years of supervisory experience.
- 4+ years of professional level archives work.
- Broad knowledge in the humanities, as demonstrated through academic degrees or an equivalent combination of training or experience.
- Good reading ability in one or more modern European languages.
- Experience managing large-scale processing projects.
- Knowledge of standard and emerging library technologies.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Rachel Greer, Lead Archivist and Project Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Lead Archivist—Manuscript Processing”.