Assistant Labor Archivist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Deadline April 22nd @ 5 pm

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Under the direction of the Labor Archivist, the Assistant Labor Archivist is responsible for assisting in the development and processing of the Labor Archives of Washington. In keeping with the collecting policies of Special Collections and the interests and activities of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, responsibilities include assisting the Labor Archives’ work in the acquisition, accession, arrangement, and description of archival materials documenting the local, regional, national, and international dimensions of the labor movement in the Pacific Northwest.

The Assistant Labor Archivist will support the Labor Archivist as principal selector for the Labor Archives, implementing appropriate digital projects, and participating in the Libraries’ digital programs, serving as the main processor of records and manuscript collections. A portion of the job will include site visits for a labor records survey and on-site stabilization of union collections throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Assistant Labor Archivist is responsible for contributing to the achievement of Libraries’ objectives and the fulfillment of the Libraries’ strategic plan.

Develop and maintain extensive relations with a variety of clientele, including and especially national, regional and local members of the labor community.
• May assist in contacting prospective donors and negotiating transfer and disposition of collections and deeds of gift.
• Assist in managing administrative and donor records for all labor collections.
• Analyze unprocessed incoming and legacy manuscript and record collections and assist in developing arrangement and description plans for these collections.
• Select and process manuscript and record collections in consultation with the Labor Archivist and the Division’s Technical Services staff.
• Perform preliminary appraisal and provide any special processing instructions/information for major manuscript accessions as necessary.
• Acquire materials in all formats. Contribute to access and use of the collections.
• May conduct classes and orientations, sponsor presentations, mount exhibits, and participate in other outreach activities to promote and facilitate use of holdings by University, scholarly and labor communities.
• Publicize the collection in the University and non-University communities as appropriate.
• Provide reference service and user education programs as part of the Libraries’ public service programs.
• Maintain an awareness of current developments of digital information technologies and their uses in special collections. Participate in the development of digital collections. Participate in the Libraries’ Digital Initiatives Program.
• Prepare grant proposals, reports, studies or surveys as required.
• May supervise students and volunteers.
• Participate in the Division’s use of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and related standards, including conversion of legacy finding aids and the creation of new finding aids in EAD.
• May develop and implement standards, policies, and procedures for Special Collections technical services consistent with nationally accepted standards.
• In coordination with curators, review workflow and procedures to improve service.
• Write grants and assess funding needs for processing materials.
• Assume other responsibilities as assigned; perform other duties as required.

• Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library/information studies degree.
• Knowledge of labor history and current issues in labor relations.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
• Minimum 2 years of experience working in an archives, special collections, or archival setting.
• Demonstrated experience processing archival material.
• Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills including demonstrated ability to work with staff and users.
• Ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing complex environment and to set priorities.
• Demonstrated technological expertise, including knowledge of USMARC format and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Knowledge of cataloging and records management systems such as Archivists’ Toolkit.
• Knowledge of standards and tools applicable to library and archival collections, such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).
• Ability to work independently, communicate effectively, and work as part of a team.

• Graduate degree in a field related to Pacific Northwest, Western American, or labor history and culture.
• Knowledge of the Pacific Northwest.
• Training or experience in manuscript and archival appraisal and processing.
• Experience analyzing workflows, and documenting procedures and policies.
• Familiarity with Microsoft Access, Archivists Toolkit, and/or other database management software.
• Exhibit design or curation experience.
• Oral history curation or interviewing experience.
• Certification with the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).
• Knowledge of standards applicable to library and archival collections such as Dublin Core, XML, and PREMIS (PREservation Metadata Implementation Strategies).
• Knowledge of cataloging and records management systems such as Archivists Toolkit and ArchivesSpace.
• Experience with digitization programs and electronic records ingest.
• Supervisory experience.
• Experience with LEAN process improvement.

$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.

Position will be at rank of Assistant Librarian or Sr. Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.

Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to
Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)
Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
Please use “Librarian Application” in the subject heading.
Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, April 22, 2016.
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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or
genetic information.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.
For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at

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