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Archives Assistant, Safdie Architects, Somerville, MA

Job Description

Safdie Architects is seeking a motivated, detail oriented, Archives Assistant to work in our Somerville, MA office. The position reports to the Archivist and focuses primarily on management of firm assets in digital and analog formats. Read more about Safdie Architects at . The position will start immediately, 10-20 hours per week, between 9 AM and 6 PM, Monday - Friday.

Opportunity for additional hours during summer.


Duties:  Assist with collections management, scanning, digital asset management, preservation, records management, and project close-out activities.

  • Preserve, rehouse, and catalog archival material in various formats.
  • Digitize and process collections, including, original artwork, photographs (slides, negatives, prints), and architectural models.
  • Apply standardized metadata using Adobe Bridge.
  • Upload scans and metadata to local Omeka site.
  • Organize and inventory architectural drawings and project documentation.
  • Other activities could include assisting with management and preservation of born digital records.


Required Skills

  • Applicants must have ability to work both on their own and directly with a supervisor, have excellent attention to detail in their work, be well organized, and be able to adjust with shifting office priorities.
  • Coursework or experience with metadata creation, controlled vocabularies, preservation of archival material including paper, photographs, A/V a plus.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel required; familiarity with Omeka desired; experience with website creation and/or coding (HTML/CSS, Python, etc) considered and asset.
  • Knowledge and experience with digital SLR photography.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and willingness to perform physical tasks as well as focused data entry tasks



$16.00/hour. No benefits.  Internship credit may be possible. For students working towards a Master's degree in Library Science with a focus in Archives Management, this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience.


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to, subject line, Archives Assistant.

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