Job Opportunity–Salt Lake City, Utah

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks to recruit a group of archivists to support the development and promotion of manuscript and multimedia archives within the University of Utah’s Special Collections. The Library anticipates hiring four staff positions simultaneously, which will provide collection oversight and reference support for students, faculty, and community patrons. Working closely as a cohort and in conjunction with our senior archivists, department heads, and faculty within the division, the archivists will help to set the direction for collection development, access, and outreach priorities for the immediate and ongoing future. The Marriott Library’s Manuscripts and Photographs Departments are major repositories of the records of individuals, groups, and businesses across the city, state, and intermountain West. The archivists will be vital contributors to the effort to identify, preserve, and provide access to the voices and histories of a diverse range of communities and individuals in the region.

This position requires familiarity with primary research materials and with methods for providing digital and in-person access. The Archivists will play a primary role in the acquisition, organization, and preservation of records, documents, photographs, and other cultural media. The position will provide reference support for students, faculty, and community patrons of Special Collections by communicating with researchers, arranging appointments for in-person examination of documents, and preparing requested materials. The Archivists will direct reproduction requests by overseeing part-time employees in the processing and digitizing of collections and the upload of content for digital preservation and access, as well as guiding workflows and ensuring quality control.

In addition to connecting scholars with documents and artifacts, the Archivists will assist in the Division’s internal processing of donations. The Archivists will provide support for the Division’s oversight and processing of archival materials, and will be expected to assume other responsibilities based on immediate needs and expressed priorities. We request that the applicant articulate any background, training, and interest in working with archival collections in particular media (e.g., manuscripts, photographs, film, recorded sound) in their cover letter.

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role we are seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals.

For more information about the positions, including required qualifications, salary, and application process, please visit the University of Utah job site at https://employment.utah.edu/salt-lake-city-ut/archivist/4BC76663D4C34E1094526CBBEE684981/job/.

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