Serve as the lead archivist and project manager for a large, multi-pronged project to reduce backlog and increase access in the Smith College Special Collections. Supervise up to 3 term project FTEs and multiple students. Assist in the design and execution of the backlog project including collections processing, creation and reuse of existing metadata, digitization, and more. Provide regular reporting to various stakeholders related to the project.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Backlog Project Management: Manage the workflows, priorities, deadlines, and communication of the project needs and benchmarks in Special Collections. Train and supervise processing and metadata staff, perform quality checks on work, and report on progress. Manage the workflow for digitization of high priority audiovisual materials and other preservation needs. In consultation with the Head of Technical Services and Director of Special Collections, efficiently execute the project budget. Seek input on processing priorities and expectations with other special collections staff, including the collection stewards.
Arrangement and Description of Collections: Engage in the arrangement and description of collections requiring high degrees of expertise as part of the project team.
Reporting: Provide regular reports on the project, including the identification of challenges as well as successes in the execution of the project. Report in written and as presentations.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, a Master’s in Library Science with a concentration in archives and records management a major plus; education in the humanities, especially 20th Century U.S. history or women’s history a plus. Significant project management experience required; formal training with project management tools and agile methodologies a plus. Minimum two years of full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) working in archives or special collections required or an equivilent combination of eduction/experience.
Skills: Ability to articulate and advocate for information technology solutions to archival and bibliographic challenges. This includes thorough knowledge of archival principles and best practices of archival and bibliographic description, access, archival technologies, preservation, digital curation, and reference. Knowledge of relevant archival and bibliographic standards and frameworks (DACS and MARC required; others a plus) and archival processing standards and techniques. Fluency with relevant software for managing archives information and assets, including ArchivesSpace. Knowledge of US History; familiarity with US women’s history preferred. Strong research, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work in a team-based environment as well as be self-motivated. Supervisory experience and strong leadership skill a major plus. Ability to adapt to, and thrive in, a quickly-changing work environment. Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, problem solving, and analytical skills. Sophisticated planning and organization skills.
This is a full-time, 3 year limited-term position.
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