New York, NY: Archivist (term), Urban Bush Women

Job Opening Title: Archivist

Employer Name: Urban Bush Women

Job Location: Brooklyn, New York

Application Deadline: March 26, 2021

Salary Range: 47,000

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Urban Bush Women

Job Summary
UBW is looking for a full-time or part-time archivist to oversee the building of the UBW Archive for a minimum 18-month engagement.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. We do this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond. UBW seeks to preserve, organize, and protect our 36 year history through existing documentation of organizational achievements and, most importantly, our creative body of work, with the founding of the UBW Archive.

Functions & Responsibilities
● Digitizing and cataloguing/organizing all filmed performances and rehearsals (approximately 450 pieces of documentary material)
● Compiling and organizing organizational files, documents, and collateral materials for physical archiving
● Facilitate preservation, arrangement, description, and access to materials
● Appraise the materials, determine preservation and conservation issues, and determine best practice for resolving issues
● Complete organization, preservation, and description of the collection
● Maintain and update archival database
● Safely storing all of the above in a manner that is weather-, pest-, and disaster-proof. Professional Development
Actively seeks and attends professional development opportunities, including attending the Summer Leadership Institute and full-staff retreats

Other Duties
As part of a small staff, there will be other duties, as deemed necessary, to accomplish tasks that may be outside of the scope of this job description. Duties may expand during times of personnel change, when there are employee absences, and during special events.

● Safely storing all of the above in a manner that is weather-, pest-, and disaster-proof.
● Experience arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections
● Knowledge of archival standards, and practices, and proficiency in the use and application of archival descriptive and content standards
● Knowledge of dance and/or the performing arts is preferred but not required
● Understanding of basic preservation and conservation issues for a variety of video content formats
● Strong organizational, project management, and problem-solving ability
● Ability to self-direct work
● Physical agility and the ability to lift items up to 30 pounds and retrieve materials from high shelves with or without reasonable accommodation
● A commitment to diversity and inclusion and demonstrated experience or interest in promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion

Compensation $47,000 annually for full-time position. Benefits include paid time off (vacation, sick and holidays), health, dental and vision insurance. While full-time is preferred, UBW is open to discussing a part-time position. Compensation for part-time position is prorated based on full-time salary.

How to apply
Interested applicants should email their cover letter, résumé and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Email applications with subject line “Archivist – First Name Last Name” to: Makeda Smith, Marketing Manager at Please, no telephone calls.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are accepted through March 26, 2021.

About Urban Bush Women
UBW galvanizes artists, activists, audiences and communities through performances, artist development, education and community engagement. With the ground-breaking performance ensemble at its core, ongoing initiatives like the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) and the developing Choreographic Center, UBW continues to affect the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers. UBW is an equal opportunity employer

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