Boston, MA: Chief Archivist, City of Boston

Job Opening Title:
Chief Archivist

Name of Employer:
City of Boston

Job Site Location (City, State) :
Boston, MA

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By statute, the Archivist “shall execute the responsibilities of the chief records officer of the inactive records of the city.” Reporting to the City Clerk, the Archivist oversees and manages the operations of the City Clerk Archives and Records Management Division (the “City Archives” or the “Division”) by establishing priorities for activities and maintaining workflow to provide a program ensuring comprehensive and systematic management of all Boston’s municipal archives and records.

Leads, guides and supports all aspects of the City Archives’ services and operations.
Sets strategic direction and priorities for the City’s archives and records management program: develops goals and objectives; identifies and directs strategies and tactics for achieving program.
Directs the work of professional staff responsible for archives management and records management, and other semi-professional or support staff as may be assigned to the Division; interviews and evaluates candidates for staff positions and advises City Clerk on the hiring of Division staff.
Submits program plans and records retention schedules for approval by the Archives and Records Advisory Commission.
Oversees the management of the acquisition, processing, use, security and preservation of permanent, non-current official records, physical and digital, of the City of Boston.
Oversees the management of the City Archives reference and outreach services.
Coordinates grant-funded projects and submits grant proposals for new projects in pursuit of the City Archives mission.
Directs efforts for training Department Records Officers (DROs).
Collaborates with DolT to implement City-wide policies and procedures for the identification, collection and storage of relevant electronic records, and the capture and storage of web.
Participates in City-wide efforts to adopt preservation-minded digital formats and encoding practices to ensure long-term retention of electronic records, including unique data sets and born-digital records important to the City.
Establishes and nurtures collaborative partnerships with City departments.
Facilitates and promotes the use of the City Archives by City agencies and the public.
Minimum Entrance Qualifications:
Five (5) years of archives/records management experience including at least two (2) years at the managerial level demonstrating increasing responsibility in an archives/records management environment.
Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
Evidence of supervisory experience and leadership.
Boston Residency Required


Union/Salary/Grade:SENA, MM1-9
Hours per week: 35
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