The Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, as part of its ongoing commitment to document the history of philanthropy in Michigan, seeks a Project Archivist for foundation records. This position is responsible for all activities related to preserving and providing access to a private foundation client’s records.
The individual in this position reports to the Director of the Johnson Center’s Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning with project guidance from GVSU University Archivist. The Project Archivist – Adjunct AP position is half-time, 20 hours per week based at GVSU’s Detroit Center. This position is a one year appointment with a possibility of renewal for a second year.
Required Qualifications and Education:
ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science or master’s degree in a related disciplinary field with specialization in archival studies; recent graduates are encouraged to apply
Demonstrated knowledge of current national archival and descriptive standards and best practices, including working knowledge of MARC format, EAD, DACS, and other archival descriptive standards
Knowledge of conservation and preservation needs of archival collections
Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships
Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues
Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills
Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters
Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
Experience in appraising, accessioning, arranging and describing manuscript collections
Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software
An understanding of philanthropy and Michigan foundations
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
Arrange, appraise, preserve, and describe large, complex, multi-format collections, including original manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, and audiovisual and digital media
Follow processing standards, create descriptions according to archival metadata standards, and ensure consistency and quality of the descriptions
Create finding aids according to standard archival practices
Assist in the digitization of audio and paper-based materials
Perform other duties as assigned
Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds, climb a ladder, stoop and reach in a variety of physical locations
Must be able to travel between Grand Rapids and Detroit
Salary: $20,000 - $27,500 for .50 FTE
Department/Division:Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy/College of Community and Public Service
Campus: Based at GVSU Detroit Center, Occasional work at Grand Rapids Pew Campus and Allendale Campus
Application Deadline Date: Open until filled
How To Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.
Grand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.
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