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Archivist I or II (African American Community Archivist)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Archivist I or II (African American Community Archivist)
Job Requisition Number COA077686
Position Number 111033
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Austin History Center
Minimum Qualifications

Archivist I:

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or related to the assigned program from an ALA accredited university, with specialization in archival enterprise and/or administration; or must be received within six (6) months of employment.
    • Master’s degree in History/Public History with coursework in archival administration, or a Master’s Degree in a related field, may substitute for the required Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
    Licenses and Certifications Required:
      May require a valid operator’s license and the use of a personal vehicle.

Archivist II:

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or related to the assigned program from an ALA accredited university, with specialization in archival enterprise and/or administration, plus two (2) years professional experience working in an archives, library, museum, or other cultural heritage institution
    • Master’s degree in History/Public History with coursework in archival administration, or a Master’s Degree in a related field, may substitute for the required Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
    Licenses and Certifications Required:
      May require a valid operator’s license and the use of a personal vehicle.
Notes to Applicants

This position will be filled as an Archivist I or Archivist II based on experience.

Under limited supervision, this position processes archival collections related to the African American Community; provides reference services to the public, and provides public programming related to African Americans.

1. Identifies, acquires, organizes, and processes archival collections related to African American heritage in Austin/Travis County.
2. Develops and implements pubic programs and events related to African American history in Austin/Travis County.
3. Provides public liaison activities including lectures, media appearances and interviews related to African American history in Austin/Travis County.
4. Collaborates with other organizations to plan and implement programs related to African Americans in Austin/Travis County.
5. Leads or assists in planning exhibits by organizing and interpreting historical records for public presentation related to African Americans in Austin/Travis County.
6. Plans, coordinates and supervises volunteer projects.
7. Answers reference questions in person, over the phone an via email concerning general Austin/Travis County history as well as serves as a subject specialist for Austin’s African American population.
8. Collects oral histories documenting African American history in Austin/Travis County.

NOTE: A DACS-compliant archival finding aid is requested as the OPTIONAL DOCUMENT for submission.

All new employees are required to attend City of Austin Public and Austin Public Library training as scheduled, and should arrange their outside schedule to accommodate those training.

NOTE: A detailed and complete job application is REQUIRED and helps us to better evaluate your qualifications. In completing your job application, please be sure to provide a COMPLETE employment history regarding any relevant experience that you wish for us to consider. This information will also be used to determine salary in the event that you are selected for this position. NOTE: A cover letter and/or resume will NOT substitute for an incomplete job application.

Pay Range

Archivist I: $19-36-$24.59
Archivist II: $21.31-$27.06

Hours

Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm; some evenings and, at minimum, one weekend per month (for Reading Room reference shifts and potential outreach events).
Schedule may vary based on needs of the organization.

Job Close Date
03/04/2018
Type of Posting External
Department Library
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 810 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas, 78701
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience creating, planning and implementing community events targeted at the African American Community.
  2. Experience processing historical/archival collections, creating DACS-compliant finding aids and encoding finding aids, preferably those related to an the African American Community or topic.
  3. Experience answering archival/historically-related reference questions from the public
  4. Coursework in African American Studies.
  5. Publication credits, preferably concerning or targeting an African American Community.
  6. Certified Archivist.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

For the Duties, Functions and Responsibilities of this position, please click the appropriate job description below:

Archivist I Job Description

Archivist II Job Description

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

For the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of this position, please click the appropriate job description below:

Archivist I Job Description

Archivist II Job Description

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation
EEO/ADA

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The minimum qualifications for this position are • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or related to the assigned program from an ALA accredited university, with specialization in archival enterprise and/or administration; or must be received within six (6) months of employment. • Master’s degree in History/Public History with coursework in archival administration, or a Master’s Degree in a related field, may substitute for the required Master’s degree in Library or Information Science. Do you meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please indicate which graduate degree you hold.
    • Library Information Science
    • History/Public History
    • African American Studies
    • Graduate Degree (other field)
  3. * How many years of experience do you have working in an archive, special collections library, museum or other cultural heritage organization?
    • No experience
    • Less than 2 years
    • 3 to 5 years
    • 6-8 years
    • More than 8 years
  4. * Briefly describe your experience processing historical or archival material/collections.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have experience developing, coordinating, and conducting public education and community outreach programs?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * If you answered yes to the above question, please provide a brief description of your experience developing, coordinating, and conducting public education and community outreach programs. (If you have no experience with these duties, please state none).

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Describe a program/exhibit that you have planned and/or implemented that demonstrates your knowledge or interest in African and African American Studies.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Do you have experience conducting/recording oral histories?
    • I have conducted 1 to 2 oral history interviews
    • I have conducted more than 3 oral history interviews
    • I have used oral histories for research purposes
    • No experience
  9. * Briefly describe your experience conducting or using oral histories.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Do you have experience interacting with the public answering reference questions in an archival setting, special collections library or other cultural/historical organization?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * If you answered yes to the above question, please provide a brief description of your reference experience in an archival or other historical/cultural heritage organization. (If you answered no, please state none).

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * Do you have experience writing articles, essays or web content for publication?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. * What types of writing have you done in your most recent position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  14. * Are you a Certified Archivist?
    • Yes
    • No
  15. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background check (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document