Archives Management, Electronic Records, Museum Archives
The Senator John Heinz History Center, the largest history museum in Pennsylvania and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is seeking a Project Archivist for the Thomas & Katherine Detre Library & Archives. The Project Archivist will process and partially digitize the Kennywood Park Records, part of an 18-month project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Working under the supervision of the Chief Archivist, the Project Archivist will perform archival tasks consistent with best practices endorsed by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). These tasks will include developing processing and digitization plans; rehousing, arranging, and describing the records; writing the catalog record and finding aid; creating descriptive metadata for the digitized material; coordinating the digitization of materials by external partners; and contributing to the project’s dissemination efforts.
This is a full-time, temporary position expected to last 18 months. The Project Archivist reports to the Chief Archivist.
The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have: knowledge of the current methods, best practices, principles and procedures of professional archival work; a demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work, meet deadlines, work independently and collaboratively; manage projects, and solve problems; demonstrated knowledge of the principles of appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival material; familiarity with MARC, EAD, LCSH, DACS, Dublin Core and related standards; familiarity with archival information systems, such as ArchivesSpace; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; and strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
General knowledge of the Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh area is preferred.
About Senator John Heinz History Center
From the pre-revolutionary drama of the French & Indian War to the legendary match-ups of the Super Steelers, discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Senator John Heinz History Center. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania with six floors of long-term and changing exhibition space. The History Center’s museum system includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park; Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County; and the History Center’s Museum Conservation Center. The History Center presents the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection, all in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of every age.