Assistant Director, Barnard Archives and Special Collections

By February 3, 2021

Website Barnard Library & Academic Information Services (BLAIS)

The Barnard Archives and Special Collections are seeking applicants for the role of Assistant Director; this is a re-opened search that was paused a year ago due to COVID-19. We’re excited to hear from archivists who think critically about their work and have experience in creating inclusive strategies and structures for collections, access, and programming. Applicants should be excited to work in a small (but vibrant and agile) liberal arts library community and collaborate on all aspects of managing archives operations, with a particular focus on digital records. We are especially hoping to see applications from archivists of color.

The starting salary range for this position is $72,000-75,000 and Barnard’s administrative benefits package, as well as professional development funding. This is typically (and eventually will return to being) a primarily in-person position, but archives work is currently happening mostly remotely, with the director on-site one to two days a week. The archives staff can collaboratively determine in-person workloads/schedules and public health precautions (in addition to campus-wide precautions, testing, etc.), and support is provided for staff working remotely (flexible work schedules, hardware, etc.). The start date for this position is July 1, 2021.

Job Duties

  • Collects, processes, and makes accessible archival collections, with a focus on born-digital records.
  • Directs the digitization of select Archives records for inclusion in digital collections.
  • Collaborates with the Director on setting goals for digital access to collections and pursues collaborative digital projects and funding to support access.
  • Takes the lead role in the creation, maintenance and stewardship of digital collections.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of the Archives’ digital collections. Implements systems related to digital collections, digital preservation, and archival management.
  • Administers annual budget related to digital infrastructure and projects for the Archives and Special Collections.
  • Facilitates research in the Archives collections and performs reference.
  • Supervises undergraduate student and graduate student staff.
  • Collaborates with librarians on instruction and consultation for undergraduate students.
  • Collaborates with Director and other partners (including library staff, staff of the Centers, and others) on outreach, communications, exhibits, and programming.
  • Participates on BLAIS teams, committees, or working groups, as well as collaborative projects within Barnard and with consortial partners.
  • Maintains knowledge of best practices and emerging technologies in the archival and special collections field.
  • May contribute to collection development, donor relations, and grant-writing/development work.

Job Qualifications

  • Expertise in archival processing, description, and metadata. Experience with archival management software such as ArchivesSpace, digital collections software such as Islandora, and other archival software/platforms highly desirable.
  • Expertise with current practices related to digitization and digital preservation.
  • Ability to collaborate with technical staff on scripting, development work, and systems administration.
  • Flexibility and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and strategies for making archives research and archives work more broadly accessible.
  • Demonstrated critical analysis of archives or the archives profession (e.g. bringing a critical race, feminist, disability justice, and/or queer theoretical lens to archival work).
  • Evidence of effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Master’s degree in any of the following or a related degree: Library Science/Archives/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, African and African Diaspora Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Disability Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Queer Studies, and/or Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Five to seven years’ experience with archival or related work.


  • Experience in archival or library instruction, or other teaching, presentation, or mentoring experience.
  • Proven experience in leading projects and delegating work.
  • Experience with XMLJSON, or other data interchange formats.
  • Knowledge of scripting and/or programming languages.
  • Supervisory experience.

Applicants should submit their cover letters, resumes, and references through the Barnard jobs website but are invited to contact Martha Tenney (Archives Director, with any questions. Interested candidates should submit their applications by February 15, 2021 for priority review.