Barriere, BC, Canada: Archives Coordinator, Simpcw First Nation

Job Opening Title: Archives Coordinator
Institution/Organization Name: Simpcw First Nation
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Barriere BC Canada
Application Deadline: April 17, 2015
Years of experience required: 1+

Nature & Scope of Work:

The purpose of this position is to maintain, describe, preserve, provide access and protect the Simpcw First Nation’s (SFN) existing collections of archive, library and museum collection material including recommendations to the development of the Simpcw First Nations Archives. This position also primarily supports the archival research needs of Simpcw First Nation’s Rights and Title and Research Staff.

The Simpcw First Nation Archives is undergoing an important transition from a group of individual collections of historic material to a formalized Archival repository able to support the research and rights and title efforts of the Simpcw First Nation.  Over the last several years these collections have been stored, and preliminary surveyed and inventoried at the repository and collection level.  The immediate focus will be to continue processing the collections backlog, including conducting research on provenance and gaining the next phase of physical, intellectual and legal control for the collections. It will also focus on strategic planning and the completion of the development and implementation of appropriate policies and procedures.

•       Catalogue and secure the Simpcw First Nation’s existing collections of historical and archival material including recommendations to protect these collections from fire, theft, and environmental hazards.
•       Complete the development and implementation of appropriate policies and procedures for archive, library and museum collections.
•       Administer projects that will address the next phase of processing the collection backlog.
•       Develop recommendations related to the digital transcription of all documents, maps, photographs, sound and video materials.
•       Liaise with Rights and Title Coordinator and Research Coordinator relating to current title and rights research projects in the Natural Resource Department.
•       Assist in strategic planning related to the development of the SFN Archives, museum, records management, facilities requirements, and long term goals of the SFN Archives.
•       Supervise full time and temporary staff employed in the Archives department.
•       Provides administrative support and reports to Natural Resource Manager as required.


1.      Master’s degree in Archival Studies, or in Library and Information Science with an archival focus from an ALA-accredited institution; or,

2.      Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and considerable demonstrated professional experience in archival, records management or library work; or

3.      A combination of experience and/or training equivalent to 1 or 2 above.

Knowledge and abilities:

•       Knowledge of Simpcw culture, traditions, language and territory preferred.
•       Knowledge of standard archival practices and principles
•       Knowledge of issues relating to cultural heritage stewardship
•       Experience in an archives or manuscripts repository processing collections of organizational records
•       Experience in archive management preferred; experience in First Nations archival repositories an asset
•       Experience with First Nation specific claims and comprehensive claims process Experience with genealogy/family history database projects
•       Strong computer skills including Microsoft office, Windows OS, iMac workstations and Apples Operating systems, Genealogy Database Software such as Roots Magic 6, and other hardware related to digitizing, backup and storage.
•       Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills
•       Knowledge of archival management technological systems and software
•       Must be able to work independently and have good interpersonal communication skills.
•       Experience with supervising support staff and student workers
•       Self-awareness of problem-solving and conflict resolution practices.
•       Ability to organize workload and set priorities.
•       Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
•       Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
•       Class 5 Drivers License

Hours of Work:          Normal day shift – 7 hours; Monday to Friday.

Deadline for Applications:      April 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Interview Date:         April 23, 2015 – starting at 9 a.m.

Job Commences:          May 4, 2015

Please submit cover letter, resume with two (2) named references:

James Foster, Natural Resource Manager
Simpcw First Nation
PO Box 220   Barriere, BC   V0E 1E0
Email: James.Foster(at)
Fax: (250) 672-9928

This posting may remain open until the position is filled. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to persons of Aboriginal ancestry as per Section 16(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Appointment to this position will require a formal criminal record check, the details of which may preclude an offer of employment being finalized.


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