Project Assistant Archivist– The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is currently seeking a Project Assistant Archivist to complete the processing of the Avalanche Magazine Archives.  Processing the collection entails appraising and organizing the materials, which include correspondence, artist research, audio interviews, magazine page mockups, and photographs, among other materials.  Descriptive information will then be assembled to create an electronic finding aid.   This is a grant funded position that is expected to last for 6 months.  Specific responsibilities, following professional archival standards, are as follows:

 

–  Surveys the collection.  Conducts preliminary research on the materials.  Drafts a processing plan, in conjunction with Museum Archives staff.

 

–  Determines and acquires necessary archival supplies.  Performs simple preservation tasks.  Implements necessary conservation measures.

 

–  Compiles and revises existing descriptions of the material.Re-files and re-boxes the collection in acid-free housing.

 

–  Writes and encodes detailed finding aid including information on context and related collections as well as description of the material.

 

We require an archivist with solid experience, who can work independently. The archivist must possess a Bachelor’s degree in art history, a Master’s degree in art history plus a Master’s degree in archival science, a Master’s of Information Science with an archives concentration, or a Certificate in archival studies strongly preferred.  One to three  years experience processing archival collections according to standard archival procedures and research in art history is also required.  Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Computer literacy and knowledge of Encoded Archival Description (EAD).  Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art, art historical reference sources, and other related research materials is also required.

 

Please submit resume and cover letter, which must include salary requirements, to jobs@moma.org.  Please reference the position title in the subject line.

 

The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

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