Job Opening Title: Archives Assistant
Institution/Organization Name: Opus Archives and Research Center
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): On the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
Closing date: Open until filled
OPUS Archives and Research Center
Santa Barbara, CA
OPUS Archives and Research Center is seeking a part-time Archives Assistant to aid in furthering the mission and objectives of the Archives. Located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute, OPUS preserves and extends access to the special collections of eminent scholars in the fields of depth psychology, mythology, and the humanities.
Under direction of the Archivist, the Archives Assistant will work primarily to advance access to primary and secondary resources through archival processing and description, digitization, and other projects as needed. The person in this position will be responsible for ensuring that professional standards and best practices as well as in-house guidelines for the care, management, and accessibility of archival collections are met and for supervising volunteers aiding with digitization.
Minimum qualifications include basic word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Candidates must be capable of working with archival collection management systems, performing archival scanning and image manipulation using applications such as Silverfast and Photoshop, and be able to identify and make decisions about hierarchical relationships of elements within a collection in order to facilitate the creation of research finding aids. Must be detail oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in planning and implementing complex projects.
Preferred qualifications include an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, with a concentration in archives, or equivalent combination of education and experience working with fragile special collections in an archives, library, or museum setting. Desired experience includes demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, experience processing archival materials, and knowledge of relevant standards for finding aids such as DACS and EAD. An understanding of copyrights in research archives and the ability to identify sensitive information that may require access restrictions is a plus.
The position will require frequent bending, reaching, and lifting of boxes up to 40 pounds.
This is a 3/5 FTE (24 hours/week) position with an hourly range of $18.00-$20.00/hour, depending on experience.
Please send cover letter and resume (both are required) to:
Barbara Vilander, OPUS Administrator