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