Job Posting: HMCT Archivist, ArtCenter, Pasadena, CA

Job Summary

The mission of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography is to set the global standard of excellence in typography and design education; provide a valuable service to the educational an professional communities as well as the public, reinforcing the meaning and value of typography; elevate and advance the teaching and understanding of both letterform design and typographic practice; and honor the past while also anticipating the future of typography in print, digital, and emerging media. HMCT Archivists appraise, process, arrange, describe, and maintain permanent records and historically valuable documents. The Archivists work with the ArtCenter Library and College Archives to develop compatible collections and acquisitions.


  • Requires a master’s degree related to the field in which they work or equivalent employment experience — this can be library science or archival science
  • Minimum 2 years’ professional experience as an archivist and working with collection donors
  • Knowledge of preservation methods for analog and digital materials
  • Experience processing and cataloging archival collections
  • Experience with digitizing archival materials and knowledge of best practices
  • Experience handling, cataloging, and managing rare book collections
  • Familiarity of archival and library management systems
  • Knowledge of DACS, MARC
  • Experience working with III’s Millennium/Sierra
  • Thorough knowledge of cataloging, classification, authority control and current and future standards.

Essential Functions

  • Appraise historical documents and archival materials
  • Preserve and maintain documents and objects
  • Create and maintain digital collections and databases
  • Arrange and describe archival records
  • Direct workers who help arrange, exhibit, and maintain collections
  • Set and administer policy guidelines concerning public access to materials
  • Provide reference services for researchers
  • Find and acquire new materials for the archives
  • Perform both copy and original cataloging of book collections using OCLC and Library of Congress standards

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to with reference to “HMCT Archivist” in the subject line.

Full post:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *