Archivist and Humanities Liaison
Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA seeks to fill a unique opportunity for a full-time, 12-month, post-graduate archivist appointment for a term of two years. A second-year contract is contingent on reappointment. This position is part of an intentional hiring effort on the part of Gonzaga University to increase persons from underrepresented minority groups in key areas of the faculty. This new position will be part of a cohort of post-graduate and post-doctoral new hires, and is targeted to new graduates or early career archivists pursuing faculty positions within libraries and archives. This intentional hiring program is co-coordinated by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and offers broad campus investment in the success and retention of new faculty in the program.
The Archivist position in the Foley Library will provide leadership and direction for Foley Library’s University Archives using both forward-looking and well-established techniques for recruiting, managing, and processing collection materials in various formats, including born digital. They will also develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development as a regular member of the university faculty. The successful candidate will oversee Gonzaga’s archives records management and research services and will commit to ensuring that faculty and students discover Gonzaga’s archival information. They will partner with the Special Collections Librarian to target initiatives involving the University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) collections and will support research and instructional needs involving the collections. They will also actively outreach to myriad groups of the campus - such as the Gonzaga Student Body Association, Black Student Union, and Unity Multicultural Education Center – and academic departments to develop relationship and preserve submissions that equitably represent the wide perspectives of the campus history, including student activism and the oral histories or testimonials of individuals. The Foley Library faculty have a liaison model, and this position will serve as liaison to a limited number of related Humanities departments. Foley Library supports the ongoing professional development of librarians and seeks to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth. The library is particularly interested in candidates who have experience or commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers, and increasing equity and inclusion between members of different demographic groups.
- Plans and oversees the acquisition, processing, description, storage, preservation, exhibition, retention digitization, and stewardship of materials in support of Gonzaga University history and present-day future.
- In cooperation with the Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and the Chair of the Foley Faculty, and including the Special Collections Librarian, considers long term planning for archival practices that fit the strategic direction of the university and library.
- Creates policies and procedures for managing born-digital materials for ingest, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access.
- In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students develops and maintains digital collections and projects related to the historic and contemporary experience of various groups connected to Gonzaga University.
- Establishes effective relationships with campus organizations, regional communities, individuals, vendors, and colleagues for the purpose of developing collections.
- Proposes, designs, and installs physical and web exhibits.
- Provides specialized reference services and research assistance to the Gonzaga community and larger public, in-person and electronically, committed to a high standard of excellence in service.
- In collaboration with campus academic departments, integrates primary source research into curricula utilizing UASC resources in a variety of ways (i.e., instruction, embedded archivist, contributions to assignment design, etc.).
- As a public-facing department, serves our diverse patrons and communities with equity, dedication and a clear commitment to inclusion and anti-racism.
- Serves as a liaison to Humanities departments - to be assigned - across the campus, including instruction, virtual reference, research support, collection development, and scholarly communication support.
- Participates in providing reference and outreach services to the university community.
- Participates in university governance, planning, and service.
- Designs and manages projects for student assistants and interns.
- Assists with the development of grant proposals.
- Serves proactively on library-wide task forces, committees, and councils as appointed.
To apply, please visit the following link: https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/postings/FL0219
. Applicants must complete an online application and electronically submit the following required materials: a letter of application, curriculum vitae (CV), graduate transcripts, and a written statement on experience promoting justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. When finalists are selected, they will be asked to provide names and contact information for three (3) professional references to provide confidential letters of recommendation. Please direct inquiries to Heather James, chair of the search committee, email@example.com
. Position closes on Friday, April 1, 2022, midnight, Pacific Time. For assistance with your online application, call Human Resources at 509.313.5996.
Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.
Archivist and Humanities Liaison
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- ALA accredited MLS, MLIS, or equivalent.
- Ability to work with original archival records such as textual documents, photographs, maps, blueprints, and historical artifacts.
- Familiarity with processes for curating and preserving born digital content.
- Demonstrated knowledge of at least one archival description schema (e.g. EAD, RDA, DublinCore, etc.).
- Ability to effectively communicate ideas and meaning in multiple modes (e.g., written, oral, visual).
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and establish and meet goals.
- Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools/skills.
- Demonstrated ability to support and mentor students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Evidence of inclusive, equity- and diversity-minded practices
- Familiarity with methodologies for research and scholarship in History and/or Religious Studies.
- Experience with supervision, training and mentoring of student employees.
- Experience with at least one common archival storage, preservation, or presentation software (e.g., ContentDM, Omeka, Archive-it.org, ArchivesSpace, Archivematica, Preservica, Islandora, etc.).
- Experience with digitization initiatives and digital projects.
- Experience applying the “Protocols for Native American Archival Materials” to archival collections.
- Knowledge of Inland Northwest History.
||This listing expires on: 7/4/2022