Job Information

University of Utah Archivist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 06/03/2021

Requisition Number PRN26402B

Job Title Archivist

Working Title Archivist

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday-Friday, between 8am-5pm

Some evenings and weekends may be required.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00790 - Marriott Library - Operations

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $40,000-42,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks to recruit a group of archivists to support the development and promotion of manuscript and multimedia archives within the University of Utah’s Special Collections. The Library anticipates hiring four staff positions simultaneously, which will provide collection oversight and reference support for students, faculty, and community patrons. Working closely as a cohort and in conjunction with our senior archivists, department heads, and faculty within the division, the archivists will help to set the direction for collection development, access, and outreach priorities for the immediate and ongoing future. The Marriott Library’s Manuscripts and Photographs Departments are major repositories of the records of individuals, groups, and businesses across the city, state, and intermountain West. The archivists will be vital contributors to the effort to identify, preserve, and provide access to the voices and histories of a diverse range of communities and individuals in the region.

We seek qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen our organization. We invite applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and our employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. We are therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing our mission to provide equitable access to information resources.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at Marriott Library if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.

Responsibilities

This position requires familiarity with primary research materials and with methods for providing digital and in-person access. The Archivists will play a primary role in the acquisition, organization, and preservation of records, documents, photographs, and other cultural media. The position will provide reference support for students, faculty, and community patrons of Special Collections by communicating with researchers, arranging appointments for in-person examination of documents, and preparing requested materials. The Archivists will direct reproduction requests by overseeing part-time employees in the processing and digitizing of collections and the upload of content for digital preservation and access, as well as guiding workflows and ensuring quality control.

In addition to connecting scholars with documents and artifacts, the Archivists will assist in the Division’s internal processing of donations. The Archivists will provide support for the Division’s oversight and processing of archival materials, and will be expected to assume other responsibilities based on immediate needs and expressed priorities. We request that the applicant articulate any background, training, and interest in working with archival collections in particular media (e.g., manuscripts, photographs, film, recorded sound) in their cover letter.

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role we are seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in history or a related field or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Two years related experience required; knowledge of archival theory and storage methods required to determine proper preservation of documents and collections; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

Bachelor’s degree in history, related field and five years archival experience may be required for some assignments. An advanced degree in a related field or certification as a Registered Archivist (RA) or Records Manager ( CRM ) is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or a related field such as Public History, English, Art History, or Film Studies

Project management experience, especially with cultural heritage collections (volunteer, internship, or practicum experience included)

Work experience or training in archival arrangement, description, and research support, with specialization in areas such as archival documents, photographs, or sound and moving images

Work experience or training in digital asset management systems, best practices for digitization, or exhibition platforms

Knowledge or interest in the cultural history of Utah and its peoples, from Indigenous groups to other communities in the region

Two years of experience working in a Special Collections, Archives, Museum, or cultural heritage organization

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

All applications received by June 27, 2021 will receive full consideration.

This is a local recruitment. Out of area candidates will be responsible for travel costs for final in-person interviews and for moving costs, if selected.

When prompted to do so, please upload three (3) professional references.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

801-581-8365

oeo@utah.edu

Online reports may be submitted at oeo.utah.edu

For more information: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/

To inquire about this posting, email:employment@utah.edu (%20employment@utah.edu) or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.