Requisition ID: 014379
Academic/Internal Title Staff Archivist
Division/School USC Libraries
Department: USC Libraries
Location: University Park Campus
Employment Type: Full-Time
Percent of time for Part-time Position:
Salary Range: Depends on experience
Job Announcement: The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is. USC Libraries' ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives unit is seeking an Archivist to join its team. ONE Archives is an integral part of the Libraries team. As such, the individual will provide professional support to the Head of the Collection and supervises student workers, volunteers and processing in the archives. This position liaises with researchers, donors, institutions, and the university library team. This position works adjacent to the University Park Campus at 909 West Adams Street.
The Archivist performs the following specific and other related duties:
?Oversees and undertakes the appraisal, arrangement, description, and cataloging of primary source collections for unpublished materials, such as manuscripts, photographs, business records, correspondence, audio and/or visual media, prints, maps, films, ephemera, costumes, coins and other artifacts. Plans, administers and analyzes usage of collection(s). Makes improvements to the physical and digital organization of the collection(s), as needed.
?Analyzes, evaluates, describes, and catalogs collections of many different formats for the benefit of researchers and the public.
?Directs activities in arranging and cataloging of materials. Plans and facilitates training sessions on archival procedures and processes.
?Supervises all assigned staff. Liaisons with USC Libraries HR for personnel matters.
?Schedules, assigns and prioritizes workloads. Monitors employee performance on a day-to-day basis.
?Conducts research on topics or items related or relevant to collection(s). Records the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
?Develops, modifies, and implements operational procedures for the collection. Determines and implements records storage and indexing solutions. Ensures that electronic catalog is current and accurate.
?Oversees and undertakes the preservation and maintenance of primary source collections. Evaluates records for preservation and retention. Directs activities in safekeeping of valuable materials and directs disposition of materials.
?Oversees basic repair and preventive preservation for paper records. Identifies ways of protecting and preserving collection(s). Preserves records by identifying endangered materials and level of conservation work needed.
?Selects and edits documents for publication and display, applying knowledge of subject, literary expression, and presentation techniques. Works with library exhibition staff with exhibition development and research as needed.
?Ensures that collections are available to researchers or for exhibitions, publications, broadcasting, and educational programs. Responds to requests for information concerning collection.
?Serves as key archivist for collection(s) providing consultative services to patrons and/or consumers of educational, instructional, photographic media and/or reference materials collection(s). Instructs patrons on the proper handling of materials.
?Serves as liaison between school or department and other university departments on matters concerning collection(s).
In addition to skills and expertise outlined in the job description preferred field of Expertise:
Experience as an archivist or special collections curator. Training and experience in conducting research in primary and secondary sources. Supervisory ability and experience.
Specific skill needed: IN MAGIC, ARCHIVIST TOOLKIT, DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT TOOLS, and ADOBE SUITE.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 Years
Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Considerable specialized knowledge of contemporary archival and records management principles and practices. Knowledge or background in preservation management. Demonstrated interpersonal, project management, analytical and research skills. Requires computer skills and ability to work with electronic records and databases. Experience utilizing digital reproduction technologies such as scanners and digital cameras for preservation.
Preferred Education: Master's Degree or Archivist Certification
Preferred Experience: 3 Years
Preferred Field of Expertise: Experience as an archivist or special collections curator. Training and experience in conducting research in primary and secondary sources. Supervisory ability and experience.
Position Type: New
Special Instructions to Applicants:
USC - 17 months ago