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University Archivist

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George Washington University

Washington, DC
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Posting Number:


Academic Title:

University Archivist


Librarian II, Librarian III

Administrative Title:

University Archivist




Contract Type:

Renewable Appointment (initial appt period) - 02/01/2018 - 01/31/2021

Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements:

Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search, Prior Employment Verification

Proposed Start Date:



Position Description Summary:

The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (


) seeks nominations and applications for an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented University Archivist. The University Archives serves as the official institutional memory of George Washington University, providing long term stewardship and central access to the collections that document GW’s history and the people who have been a part of that history. The University Archives is part of GWLAI's Special Collections and Archives Department that is also distinguished by strong collections in labor history, 20th century Washington DC history, Judaica, rare books, and more.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate identifies historical administrative and academic content to augment the collections of the University Archives. S/he takes a strategic and creative approach to collecting contemporary content, building on a strong foundation that includes records reflecting diverse perspectives of campus communities and individuals. The Archivist has responsibility for prioritizing and managing the processing and description of University collections and resources in all formats, and employs tools and techniques, such as oral history interviews and web archiving, to fill gaps in the official institutional record.

The Archivist fosters curiosity about GW's history through the development of digital resources and social media and introduces new audiences, including students, faculty, alumni, and members of the DC community, to the University Archives through targeted presentations and outreach. The Archivist participates in the public services functions of Special Collections Department, leading initiatives to interpret the institution's history through reference, research, and instruction. The Archivist provides timely and useful information in response to administrative requests and enhances access to administrative and research information assets through GW's digital repository.

The Archivist is a strong collaborator across the university and within the


organization. As a member of the Special Collections & Archives department, the Archivist serves as a member of that unit's management team, and works closely with colleagues to set goals and establish priorities that support


and the overall GW institutional mission. The Archivist will contribute to GWLAI's award-winning instruction program; expand digital services, tools, and programs; and participate in programs that help cultivate an institutional culture that values support for new forms of scholarly communications and open access. The Archivist participates in multiple cross-


initiatives and works closely with GW staff responsible for development, alumni and external relations. The Archivist participates in local, regional, and national professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:




in library and information science or other advanced degree with relevant experience

Minimum of two years experience working as an archivist

Experience with basic archival functions of appraisal, description, processing, reference and outreach

Experience with archival materials in digital formats

Demonstrated familiarity with principles and practices of records management

Experience with archival collections management platforms such as ArchivesSpace

Experience with archival description standards such as




Experience managing projects, including planning, communication, and assessment

Experience digitizing archival materials

Growing record of engagement in professional service or scholarship

Advertised Salary:

Other Benefits:

Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 days per year paid sick leave; medical;



; tuition assistance.

Other Information:







Experience working with donors of archival material

Experience supervising staff or students

Experience with instruction

Experience with web archiving and digital repositories

Familiarity with use of APIs

Experience in archiving and preserving multimedia content

Familiarity with current trends in scholarly communications

Experience with working with institutional archives

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, please complete an online application at and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Department Link:

Posting Close Date:

Open Until Filled:


Background Screening

Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.

EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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