Job Opening Title: Assistant Photo Archivist
Employer Name: Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
Job Location: West Village, NY
Application Deadline: August 30, 2019
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Years of experience required: 1
Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Position Overview:
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation is looking to hire a part-time Assistant Photo Archivist to assist on a project to gift and distribute over 25,000 photographs. Under the direction of the Head Archivist, the archivist will be primarily responsible for maintaining, updating, and producing reports from the Foundation’s digital management applications, specifically a Microsoft Access database. Further responsibilities may include preparation of photos for viewings, and other work related to the handling and distribution of prints.
The temporary position is part-time, its first stage to be completed in 4-6 weeks. There may be further employment opportunities as the project develops.
About the Foundation:
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was chartered as a Private Operating Foundation in 1998, primarily to facilitate public access to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the art and artists of his time; to create a catalogue raisonné of all known Lichtenstein works; and to share information which could assist the development and education of the next generation of curators, critics and scholars relating to the life and professional career of Roy Lichtenstein.
In 2013 the Foundation announced the donation of over 250,000 photographs and materials from its invaluable Harry Shunk and Shunk-Kender Photography Collection, rescued in 2006 and subsequently catalogued by the Foundation, to five major institutions in the U.S., France and England. The donation established a consortium among the institutions, including the Getty Research Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, Centre Pompidou and Tate. The Foundation intends to offer further gifts from this material to the consortium or will place them with other interested institutions.
• Update and maintain an Access database for a 60,000-object photography collection
• Modify and export data and images as PDFs
• Maintain and organize storage of digital images
• Update metadata, review and formalize controlled vocabularies for collection
• Prepare photographs for viewings, distribution schemes, and shipment
• Identify preservation/conservation concerns
• Assist maintenance and coordination of photography collection at offsite storage facility
• Assist with preparation of reports and updates on distribution project
• Assist in re-housing, arrangement and description of materials
• Other assigned duties as required
• Enrolled in a graduate-level program in Library and Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution
• Minimum one-year of related archival experience
• Working knowledge of archival theory and best practice
• Familiarity of 20th and 21st century art history, as well as of museum archival records and artists’ archives
• Understanding of the preservation and care of photographs
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Work independently and ability to meet deadlines, as well as manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively across an inter-departmental and institutional structure (with Foundation and Estate employees)
• A basic understanding of dynamic database and library collections management systems, and Microsoft Office Suite
• A focused understanding of Microsoft Access
• Ability to lift materials weighing up to 40lbs
• Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional growth and development
Schedule and Compensation:
Two-to-three days a week during standard office hours, 10am-6pm. This is a temporary, part-time position with a competitive hourly wage. The position is expected to last 4-6 weeks. There may be further opportunities for work after the completion of the first stage of the project.
The Foundation is in the West Village of New York City.
Starting Date: Late August/Early September 2019. Open until filled. If interested, please email a resume, cover letter and two references. Include the position title in the subject line and email: email@example.com.