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Assistant Archivist, The Winthrop Group, New York, NY

ASSISTANT ARCHIVIST - New York, NY
 
The Winthrop Group's Information & Archival Services Division is seeking to hire an archivist in New York City. This full-time Assistant Archivist position offers an opportunity to assist in the establishment of a unique performing arts archive and contribute to the organization's centennial commemorations in 2019.  
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the general supervision of a Winthrop Group Lead Archivist, the Assistant Archivist will:
  • survey 600+ boxes of archival records in an off-site storage facility
  • actively participate in content appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival materials to ensure long-term preservation and access to collections
  • track and receive cartons shipped to/from an off-site storage facility
  • routinely collaborate with the client's Archives Committee and Events Committee
  • draft collection and access policies
  • assist, as requested, in exhibit development, outreach, and training of volunteers
  • implement digitization projects and manage files in a records management system in collaboration with Information Technology staff
  • respond to reference inquiries from client's staff and external stakeholders
  • collaborate with other members of the team to ensure the goals and objectives of Winthrop's client are accomplished in an accurate, efficient, and useful way.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • MA/MLS with a concentration in Archives Management, with at least one year of processing experience in an archival setting
  • Knowledge of and experience with basic preservation techniques and proper handling of records and artifacts
  • Experience developing finding aids and providing reference service
  • Effective communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to lift boxes and objects weighing up to 40 pounds
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience working with performing arts collections
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in American theater history
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
For most of the project, the Assistant Archivist will work in an office environment in Manhattan. Approximately 2-3 weeks of work will take place at an off-site storage facility in New Jersey accessible via mass transit. 
DURATION
16-month contract position
APPLY
Please email cover letter, resume, and names, titles and contact information for three references to: 
Kimberly Peach
Lead Archivist

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