Assistant Archivist, Kellen Archives, The New School

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Assistant Archivist
Kellen Archives
The New School

The Kellen Archives collects archival records and other material documenting the history of Parsons The New School for Design since its founding in 1896, work created and collected by former students, faculty and affiliates of the school in the course of their design careers, and other design-related materials that serve as a resource to New School students and outside researchers. The Kellen’s holdings include artwork, artist records, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, publications, administrative records, correspondence, videotapes, 16mm films, reference files, news clippings, ephemera, and born-digital designs. The Kellen Archives seeks an enthusiastic assistant archivist to assume a broad range of responsibilities and will work closely with the Kellen’s director/archivist.

·Help to access, process, describe, preserve and manage the Kellen collections
·Participate in the development and articulation of workflows and procedures, oversee student and project assistants, provide reference support to researchers, and develop and shepherd digital projects
·Help bring the archive’s holdings into line with current professional standards and practices
·Assist with education outreach programs, grant writing, Web design and mounting exhibitions

·Master’s Degree in Archival Management, or Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with a focus in archival and special collections studies
·1-2 years’ successful experience as a processing archivist
·Demonstrated understanding of the principles of arrangement and description of archival collections; understanding of the uses of DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, and current archival best practices and standards
·Superior written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
·Excellent organizational, time and project management skills
·Familiarity with the preservation and conservation needs of paper-based documents and items
·Experience with digital preservation, metadata and access tools and methodologies; and ease comprehending and adapting to new applications
·Ability to work independently, to take initiative and to exercise sound judgment
·Willingness to follow through on assigned tasks, and to respect established standards and procedures
·Intellectual curiosity and eagerness to develop new strengths; commitment to professional growth; engagement with archival issues
·Interest in the history, theory and practice of the design professions
·Ability, and willingness, to routinely lift material weighing heavy archival containers
·Strong work ethic
·Experience working with artwork on paper, photographs and other graphic media, preferred
·Experience providing reference in an archives or manuscripts repository, preferred
·Experience with EAD mark-up of finding aids and MARC records, preferred
·Experience with metadata standards and creation, preferred
·Proficiency working in Archivists’ Toolkit and/or collection management systems, preferred
·Experience with digital assets management systems and imaging equipment, preferred
·Experience with the collection and preservation of born-digital materials, preferred

Interested candidates must apply directly online at:

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