Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The Archives and Distinctive Collections Department seeks a Project Archivist for the CLIR-funded project, Digitizing the Deaf Catholic Archives: A project to open and provide access to a collection of print and (audio)visual materials which document the history, culture and religious education of Deaf Catholics in the United States and beyond. This project will digitize key components of the Deaf Catholic Archives (DCA) in order to make these unique materials discoverable, accessible, and usable to the Deaf community as well as researchers interested in the material. The collection provides insight into the history of Deaf culture as well as an understanding of how Deaf Catholics practice their faith (culturally) in new ways, when traditional methods are insufficient.
The DCA Project Archivist, reporting to the Head of Archives & Distinctive Collections, will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the project including preparing materials for digitization, coordinating with the digitization vendor, reviewing digital files and uploading to the institutional repository, managing metadata creation, creating promotional materials and developing outreach opportunities.
This is a 20 month appointment with a desired start date of September 1, 2022.
Major Areas of Responsibility
Prepare materials for digitization including ensuring box and folder lists are accurate and boxes are properly labeled.
Coordinate shipments and transfer of digital files with the digitization vendor and troubleshoot any potential issues.
Create finding aids for the collection in ArchivesSpace.
Collaborate with the Digital Scholarship Librarian in developing workflows to review files and upload into CrossWorks, the institutional repository.
Coordinate obtaining permissions to publish materials in which copyright is held by other organizations. Maintain a tracking system for this work.
Develop, document, and implement procedures for metadata creation.
Create a web presence for the collection using the exhibit module of the IR.
Maintain statistics, reports and other metrics.
Contribute to departmental outreach activities by creating presentations and social media posts highlighting the project.
Train and supervise the project's student assistants
Other duties and projects as assigned in relation to the DCA Project.
An ALA accredited MLS, MA in Archival Science or equivalent.
Fluency in American Sign Language preferred but not required.
Experience with digitization and familiarity with planning, managing, and delivering large and complex digital projects in an academic setting. Knowledge of digitization best practices.
Experience with processing and describing manuscript collections
Knowledge of content standards, metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and preservation standards such as DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, and MODS.
Experience with supervising student workers.
Experience with platforms for the discovery, management, and preservation of archives and digital collections, such as bepress, Preservica and ArchivesSpace.
Ability to build and engage an active intellectual community, including working collaboratively and building partnerships across disciplines and with people at all levels.
Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies, acquire new skills and solve problems.
Ability to establish priorities and work independently, creatively or collectively as a team in a rapidly changing, complex environment.
Strong interpersonal skills and excellent organizational skills.
Ability to maintain a high level of productivity while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
Ability to protect the confidentiality of materials in the collection.
Skills that are required for this job and are in line with the College's mission e.g.
Excellent Written & Verbal Communication
Proficient Problem Solving
Strong Teamwork & Team Facilitation
Strong Interpersonal Skills
Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.
To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.
This is a full-time, exempt-level level position with an annual salary. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees, as well as a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:
10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1-year wait waiver available)
NEW - condensed summer 4-day work week
Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
Generous paid time off
Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.
Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities which you can read more about here.
The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.
A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).
Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.
In your cover letter please address how your work might support the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://www.holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please provide examples of any past work that illuminate your commitments in these areas. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.
Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.
The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)