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Northern Arizona University
Cline Library
Archivist for Digital Programs (position 603453)
Special Information:
This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position located in Flagstaff and eligible for continuing status. Only complete applications will be considered.
Job Description
Cline Library Special Collections and Archives at Northern Arizona University seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative, and innovative Archivist for Digital Programs.

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and Archives, the Archivist for Digital Programs leads the continuing development of a maturing digital archives program, establishing and implementing policies and procedures for the management of born-digital and digitized materials that are informed by pragmatic application of professional standards.

The Archivist for Digital Programs will be a leader and collaborative practitioner in the following programmatic areas: digital asset management, digital production, access to born-digital and digitized content, content management systems, digital forensics, and preservation of digital objects and their related systems. This position supervises digital production, including the management of workflows, benchmarks, best practices, policies, metadata schema, storage solutions, preservation, equipment, and technology.

The Archivist for Digital Programs will support the strategic directions of Special Collections and Archives (SCA), the Cline Library and Northern Arizona University. The successful candidate must enjoy working in a nimble, innovative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment. The Archivist for Digital Programs will also lead and/or participate in collaborative digital projects with regional and national libraries, archives, and cultural organizations.

Special Collections and Archives has been a national leader in using technology to preserve and provide access to its collections for nearly 20 years. The collections are particularly strong in the areas of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, regional Native American history, land use and development, business activities, politics, and the greater northern Arizona region. The University Archives serve as the institutional memory of Northern Arizona University since its inception as Northern Arizona Normal School in 1899.
Responsibilities Include:
Oversee SCA’s content management system containing a growing collection of more than 115,000 digital objects, including managing future migrations.
Organize responsibilities and make decisions related to digital object management using the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model, including tracking, annotation, management, metadata, storage, preservation, retrieval and dissemination of digital objects.
Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive digital preservation strategy that includes policies, procedures, preservation management software platforms (e.g. Archivematica) and digital forensics tools (BitCurator).
With department staff, assess digital programs using the Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) audit guidelines and recommend improvements.
Collaborate with library and university stakeholders to expand and enhance the university’s institutional repository (OpenKnowledge@NAU) and provide guidance on the effective management of related research data.
Work with archivists, university administrators and staff to develop workflows, procedures, and best practices for transferring born digital institutional records.
Manage and oversee Special Collections and Archives website.
Supervise classified staff engaged with tasks related to digital production.
Collaborate with librarians and university faculty to incorporate digital SCA content into courses, and to provide course instruction and research consultations.
·        Ability and willingness to travel.

Minimum Qualifications

ALA-accredited graduate degree from a library or information science program or equivalent graduate degree in a relevant field (archives, records management, museum studies, management of cultural heritage collections, etc.).

·        At least two years’ work experience in digital archives or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of and experience applying strategies adopted by the archival community for managing born-digital archival material.
Knowledge of and experience using digital asset management systems, tools, and procedures that support a robust and complex digital archives program.
Knowledge and application of relevant metadata standards for digital preservation (METS and PREMIS) and descriptive metadata standards (DACS, EAD/EAC, and Dublin Core).
Experience developing policies and procedures that inform and shape a robust and growing digital archives program.
Experience with digital management workflows, best practices, metadata schema, and standards for the effective and active administration of born-digital and digitized objects.
Experience with tools and software used to capture, manage, and deliver non-active born-digital records, such as forensic hardware and BitCurator.
Digital Archives Specialist certification through the Society of American Archivists.
Experience in and a strong commitment to outstanding customer service in a diverse and user-centered environment including demonstrated ability to work with diverse colleagues (internal and external) to build professional relationships.
Knowledge of the history, culture, and geography of the Colorado Plateau, Southwest, and Indigenous communities of this region.
·        Supervisory experience including evaluation and performance oversight.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 30,368, including approximately 22,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.
Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.
While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.
Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.
The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.
For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see .

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.
Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.
The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at: . A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


$65,000 - $69,000 annually, depending on experience.


This is an Academic Professional (APF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available at .
NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. More information is available at: .

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2017.

How to Apply

Please visit this link:

Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vita; and (3) names and contact information for three professional references. Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

If you have problems submitting your application attachments in the form of one PDF or Word document or questions, contact Linda Braswell at .

If you need assistance completing your application, there are instructions available online at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets, Flagstaff, AZ 86011.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Equity and Access Office at 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements
NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Linda Braswell
Assistant to the Dean
Cline Library
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 6022
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
928-523-6802 (main office)
928-523-6838 (direct line)

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