Seattle, WA: PT Lead Archivist (term), Center on Contemporary Art

Job Opening Title: Lead Archivist: Part-time, Project Position

Institution/Organization Name: Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: open

Years of experience required: 3+

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Seeking part-time, project-based Lead Archivist for Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA). Founded in 1980, CoCA has a rich regional history and is one of the country’s oldest artist-run, non-profit organizations. CoCA has presented the work of thousands of emerging and career artists during the past four decades and in the process has amassed a significant collection of related materials.

We are seeking to engage a current advanced degree candidate, recent graduate in Archival, Library Science or related fields or an independent archivist to assist us with implementing best practices for cataloging, digitizing, preserving and sharing the collection. This would include continued development of our database, maintaining proper storage techniques, developing policies and a long-term collections care plan that we will use to secure additional funding in addition to supporting the project.

This project is supported by a 4Culture Collections Care grant to purchase digitizing equipment and expand our digital archive; your input into both of these processes is a key component of this position.

Mandatory Skills/Work Experience:
Working with a medium sized collection of materials; primarily print, video, audio tapes and slides
Processing (cataloging, digitizing) materials in a library or archival setting
Developing and managing a publicly searchable database
Agility with PHP, HTML, server issues
Preserving materials (minimal art handling)
Project reporting
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to work independently and in groups, with minimal direction or direct supervision

If you do not have the experience listed above or the ability to work on location in Seattle, please do not apply for this position.

Helpful Skills/Interests
Background in art history, particularly knowledge of Seattleā€™s contemporary art history
Fundraising and grant writing
Use of social media to promote project
Supervisory experience
Geeklike obsession for creating order out of chaos

This position offers a $2,500 stipend for 100 hours plus 50 hours in-kind (donated) to be completed by arrangement with the Project Director. An additional stipend is available for the next phase of the project.

At this time, most activities will take place at the CoCA Archives in Greenwood. Requires some lifting, standing, and working in a dusty environment.

To apply, send a one page letter of interest and a resume in Word or PDF format. Title the documents with your full name and email to with your full name also in the subject line. Do not send any additional materials at this time. No phone calls please.

Application Open until filled.