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Reporting to the Chair of the Archives Committee of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) and working with the staff of the WSJHS, librarians and staff of the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, the Archivist manages the Washington State Jewish Archives (WSJA). The Archivist appraises, collects, arranges and describes archival materials that document the Jewish experience in Washington State.
Approximately 12 hours a week as an independent contractor. Possible additional hours contingent on funding.
Salary: $25.00 per hour.
The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS), jointly with the University of Washington (UW) Libraries’ Special Collections collect, preserve and provide public access to archival materials relating to the Jewish experience in Washington State. Founded in 1968, the WSJA, housed at the Libraries UW Seattle campus, consist of organizational records and personal papers, memoirs, correspondence, photographs and more than 450 recorded and transcribed oral interviews with members of Jewish communities throughout the state. The Archivist has workspace in the Special Collections staff offices.
Serve as the professional resource for the Washington State Jewish Historical Society’s Archives Committee and participate in its meetings.
With the Committee, develop collections relevant to the Jewish experience in Washington State.
Develop and maintain relationships with current and potential donors of archival materials for the collection, appraise potential donations and acquire new materials.
Oversee and implement arrangement and description of the collections, prioritizing processing and preservation.
Collaborate with Special Collections staff to improve access to the collection through online catalogs and databases and other digital discovery tools.
Manage the oral history program by tracking interviews.
Respond to in-person, email, phone, or mail reference requests.
Select, train, and supervise student assistants and volunteers.
Provide research and administrative support to the Washington State Jewish Historical Society projects and publications.
Provide the WSJHS with statistics including listings of new acquisitions.
May work with the WSJHS staff on Washington Jewish Museum, a digital museum, exhibits.
Participate in grant writing and seek new opportunities for grants.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications - Required
Relevant experience processing archival materials in a research library or archival setting and developing finding aids
Familiarity with ArchivesSpace and other relevant technology
Expertise using MSWord and Excel
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing environment
Qualifications - Desired
ALA accredited MLS/MLIS/IS degree with specialized courses in archival enterprise or an advanced degree in an applicable subject field with archival management
Familiarity with the DACS and EAD descriptive standards
Experience supervising the work of others
Experience writing grant proposals
Experience working with or knowledge of the Jewish community
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) references as a single PDF file to the Search Committee Chair, Nancy G. Blase by February 1, 2018.
Applications will be reviewed as received.