Job Posting: Archivist, National Gallery of Art, Washington

This Archivist position is permanent / full-time, with a salary range of $75,621 to $98,305. It requires five years of progressively responsible experience, so it’s at the max experience of the ArLiSNAP mandate, but I would (personally) encourage art-oriented archivists to apply anyways. I’d apply myself if it weren’t so adamant about US citizens only ….

This is a permanent private funded position that does not incur federal status, but does affords the complete federal benefits package including the Federal Employees Retirement (FERS) program. Located in the Gallery Archives (GA)Division of The National Gallery of Art.

The purpose of this position is to perform professional archival duties in the Gallery Archives of the National Gallery of Art, especially in working with electronic records, digital information systems, and internet technologies and in describing and analyzing Gallery history and records in various media. The incumbent also is responsible for supporting the Gallery Archives program in preserving records in every physical form, and interpreting Gallery history and records through various communication channels, including internet. The incumbent participates in the full range of archival activities, including understanding and managing traditional architectural and institutional records as well as electronic record-keeping systems. The incumbent also is responsible for providing records guidance to Gallery offices; for appraising records; for identifying preserving and organizing complex bodies of historical records; and for advising the Chief Archivist concerning policies for archival management of digital images.

The incumbent:

Implements policies for ingest, preservation and use of digital records and management of the Gallerys digital archival repository based on best archival practice and published standards.

Prepares complex descriptions of Gallery records and interprets institutional history for various audiences via electronic and traditional systems.

Oversees projects for records conservation and digitization.

Serves as liaison with records-creating offices and oversees all steps in transfer of records.

Appraises records for permanent evidential or informational values and manages acquisition activities.

Works with on-site researchers and coordinates responses to complex reference inquiries, including specialized inquiries relating to architectural records or Gallery history.

Writes articles, texts, captions and exhibition narratives based on archival records and history.

This requires at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service or a Masters degree in archival science or with a major that includes at least 18 hours in archival science, history and /or political science or government. Specialized experience is experience working as an archivist in a cultural institution and working with institutional records.

In addition to a minimum of one years experience equivalent to the GS-11 level as required by the GS-12 qualification standards, candidates must have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible independent professional experience as an archivist in a cultural institution and working with institutional records.

Academy of Certified Archivists Archival Certification is preferred. Please provide information on the date and term of certification.

More details and the application form at the link above.

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