University Archivist, University of Alberta Libraries, Archives

University of Alberta Libraries

Competition No. – A101737779
Closing Date – Will remain open until filled.
The University of Alberta Libraries is looking for a skilled, team-oriented archivist with strong leadership and communication skills and a passion for delivering exceptional research collections. We are looking for an individual who is excited to embrace the opportunities and challenges of collaboratively stewarding physical and digital records into the future. We are pleased to invite applications for a leadership role with the University of Alberta Archives (UAA), a unit of the University of Alberta Libraries.
The University Archivist position holds primary responsibility for ensuring a responsive, sustainable, comprehensive archival program is in place, liaising and working closely with the University Records Office on the lifecycle of records and the implementation of record and information management practice on campus. As a member of the Libraries’ greater team, you will collaborate to identify, develop, and implement standards and best practices for the selection, management, and stewardship of born-digital and digitized archival collections, as well a variety of physical formats and material types.
As University Archivist, you will proactively identify human and other resourcing needs, and consider potential funding opportunities which may include grants and donor cultivation activities, in alignment with university priorities. The position actively promotes the research and teaching value of archival fonds and services to the University community, government, and to the greater public. The incumbent is expected to participate in local, regional and national initiatives related to archives and libraries in order to support the evolution of our services and to contribute to the Libraries’ larger goals of sensibly sharing, disseminating, and preserving the scholarly and cultural record.
The University Archivist is expected to directly supervise and/or provide guidance to other archivists, support staff, contractors, or other staff involved with archival work. The position regularly interacts with staff from across the system to develop strategies, coordinate resources, and undertake the work involved in operating the Archives. The position reports directly to an Associate University Librarian and is expected to work closely with colleagues in areas such as Special Collections, Digital Initiatives, IT, Collection Strategies, and Advancement. The incumbent may participate in and seek opportunities for professional and scholarly research, including the ability to apply for and hold research funding as a principal applicant.
The University of Alberta Archives is formally part of the University of Alberta Libraries and is located in one of the University’s newest buildings, the Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF). RCRF is home to the university’s archival collection totaling almost 10 linear kilometers of records in addition to approximately 3.5 million library items, with a beautiful reading room, a new digitization centre, and designation as a Category A repository for archival materials (Group VII under the Movable Cultural Property Program). RCRF is located on South Campus, just south of the Fort Edmonton/South Campus LRT station and Saville Community Sports Centre. Libraries and Archives steward a significant collection of physical and digital information resources, all managed by talented and highly engaged teams across the system. The Libraries, utilizing positions such as this one, endeavour to actively support and shape scholarly communication, research, and lifelong lear!
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Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in Archival Studies or Library and Information Science from an accredited program. Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience managing and working with the acquisition, processing, and management of archival materials, both physical and digital. Experience in developing and managing teams, projects, major initiatives, as well as building relationships with donors and donor prospects should be highlighted in the application.
Applicants must possess a strong service orientation, excellent communication skills, an appreciation and awareness of contemporary archiving environments, including decolonization and accessibility requirements, an interest in implementing new initiatives and in evaluating current practice and workflows, a commitment to open access, strong leadership and supervisory skills, a demonstrated commitment to cooperative action and collaborative work, and commitment to supporting the goals of the Libraries and its stakeholders with respect to disseminating and providing access to research outputs and stewarded resources.
In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer (APO) agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $70,667 to $117,771 (per the 2017/2018 collective agreement). Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names of three references. To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.
This competition will remain open until filled, however, a review of applications will begin on January 29, 2019. For further information, contact Olenka Li at:
Business Address: Cameron Library, 11231 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, AB T6G 2J8
How to Apply
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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.
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