Pittsburgh, PA: Archival Assistant (term), Carnegie Museum of Art

Job Opening Title: Archival Assistant, Time Based Media Collection
Institution/Organization Name: Carnegie Museum of Art
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Pittsburgh, PA
Application Deadline: May 28, 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art’s Conservation Department seeks a full-time archival assistant to provide support for a grant-funded project to preserve and provide access to Carnegie Museum of Art’s time-based media collection, specifically focused on the photographic and paper documentation, correspondence, books, periodicals, and ephemera related to the collection. The extent of the collection is roughly 430 linear feet. The successful candidate will work with the senior research associate to determine a strategy for assessing, processing, and storing the paper and photo files, and will create inventories and finding aids for these materials. Digitally scan selected documents and help to develop and implement naming and storage guidelines for the digital files. The goal of the project is to have the entirety of the photo and paper files inventoried, documented, and stored in our archives for increased accessibility to museum staff and outside researchers.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: This position requires an advanced understanding of archival standards and best practices, particularly pertaining to processing photographic and paper materials, including metadata standards and storage requirements. Knowledge of avant-garde film and video, art history, and/or museum studies is strongly preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong attention to detail and time-management skills; and the ability to work well with a wide array of staff members are critical. Must have the initiative to work without constant direct supervision and be able to carry out responsibilities accurately and on deadline. Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and Web-based research is required; will be expected to gain proficiency in KE EMu collections management software. Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or related fields (current students will be considered, provided they can commit to a full-time position), or an equivalent combination of academic training and work experience required. Some archival project experience strongly preferred.

Work is primarily sedentary in nature, but the applicant must have the ability lift 40 pounds of items such as movie film cans, equipment, files, and possibly other items.

Application material will only be accepted online through the employer’s website, http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/hr.  EOE: this employer is dedicated to diversity, and to hiring individuals with disabilities, veterans, and all protected classes.