Job Opening: Lead Archivist at the Winthrop Group

LEAD ARCHIVIST – Seattle, WA

The Winthrop Group has an immediate opening for a full-time Lead Archivist to represent the firm’s Information & Archival Services division in the Pacific Northwest.  We are seeking an entrepreneurial archivist with exceptional interpersonal skills who is comfortable working in a wide variety of client settings (corporate, nonprofit, etc.), developing new business in the region, and enhancing the ability of our clients to benefit from their heritage and archival assets. This position requires someone who will thrive working independently while collaborating with Winthrop colleagues in New York City and around the country. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work as a lone arranger for existing clients: processing, preparing/refining policies and procedures, responding to reference requests, researching and summarizing findings in writing, conducting oral history interviews, and interacting with client managers and employees at all levels of an organization
  • Supervise and collaborate with other archivists on selected projects
  • Participate in on-site meetings with potential clients and develop proposals that include project scope of work, timelines, pricing, and staffing
  • Conduct collection surveys and evaluations, interview stakeholders, write client reports including prioritized work plans and budgets
  • Represent Winthrop in every aspect of professional work and responsibilities, including helping to maintain the firm’s reputation, client relationships, and network of archivist colleagues

Required Qualificaitons:

  • MLS/MLIS with a concentration in archives or other graduate degree with certificate in Archival Studies or ACA certification
  • Minimum of 5 years working in archives
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities, manage time effectively, and complete projects on time and within budget
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Travel to other states in the Pacific Northwest and West for client work or meetings
  • Strong commitment to client confidentiality
  • Problem solver with a positive attitude who is able to listen closely, develop solutions, and speak persuasively about archives to non-archivists
  • Strong commitment to archival advocacy and outreach
  • Ability to lift and move 40-pound boxes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Administrative skills and supervisory experience
  • Experience in archival consulting and/or interest in business development
  • Previous work in a corporate archives or with business records
  • Familiarity with developing and managing budgets or calculating project costs
  • Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certification or pursuing certification
  • Oral history experience

Compensation

Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications with strong benefits package.

Contact Information

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to careers@winthropgroup.com with the subject line Lead Archivist – Seattle, WA.

More info about Winthrop on their website: http://winthropgroup.com/about/page/career-opportunities#lead%20archivist

AKCHO: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month & Fight Asian Hate

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Use your personal and organizational platforms to amplify the voices of AAPI folks speaking now, and those who have built King County into what it is today. Check out the programs and resources below to get started:

• Facing the Mountain Book Launch Event | May 11, 5:00pm. Join Densho for the official launch of Facing the Mountain, a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown, NYT bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat.
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival | June 6-7. The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) proudly presents Pagdiriwang, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence.
Stop AAPI Hate | Resource center. Report hate crimes, read reports and statistics, and print out Stop AAPI Hate signs for your institution.
We Hereby Refuse Book Release | May 18. This new graphic novel co-published by the Wing Luke Museum about the complex realities of being Japanese American during World War II presents an original vision of America’s past with disturbing links to the American present.
Seattle Asian Art Museum Reopening | May 28. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is reopening with limited capacity to members May 7 and to the public on May 28.

Looking for more? Share these articles about unique pieces of local AAPI history:

• A History of Go: The Impact of Korean American Players upon Seattle’s Go Playing Community, Korean American Historical Society.
Hawaiian Music and its Historic Seattle Connection, HistoryLink.
Filipino Americans and the Making of Seattle’s Dr. Jose P. Rizal Bridge and Park, Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, University of Washington.
Lao Highland Community Center opens in Southeast Seattle on May 14, 2005, HistoryLink.
(More) Stories of Little Saigon: past, present, and future, Friends of Little Sàigòn.
Ruby Chow (1920-2008), HistoryLink.

REMINDER: Steering Committee Nominations Close Friday, April 30

Don’t forget to nominate yourself or another for a position on the 2021-2023 SeaAA Steering Committee. Nominations close Friday, April 30.

 All 5 positions are up for election right now:

– Chair
– Vice-Chair
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– Member-at-Large

This really means if you have ideas on how SeArch could be improved now is the time to shape it into what you really want. The current committee will remain available along the way to answer questions or to give advice. Whatever you need to make SeArch great going into a post-pandemic world we’re here to help. But we need more nominations; we need you and your brilliant minds!

To nominate yourself or another, please email us your name, a brief bio, and if you like, a beautiful selfie. It’s a great opportunity and really is a lot of fun. As always, let us know if you have any questions, and we hope to see your names on the ballot soon! seattle.area.archivists@gmail.com

Job Opening: Project Manager, NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant

OVERVIEW:    Working alongside the Senior Librarian, the Project Manager is responsible for implementing the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant: Digitizing, Preserving, and Providing Access to the Seattle Art Museum’s Historic Video Collection. The SAM Libraries’ Historic Video Collection is located in the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library at the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) downtown location. It contains approximately 3,500 physical and digital video assets produced by, about, or related to SAM. The Project Manager will oversee digitization, preservation, and long-term storage of the assets. They will provide online, public access to these materials and work to create a long-term migration plan. This position requires familiarity with video formats and digitization techniques, and an ability to work successfully with cross-departmental groups and vendors to achieve the grant outcomes. This is a three-year temporary full-time position that concludes in June of 2024.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MAY 14, 2021

SAM is dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

FLSA STATUS:    Non-exempt        

REPORTS TO:     Senior Librarian

COMPENSATION:     $22 hourly; 35 hour work-week; full benefits

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Work and manage relationship with outside digitization vendors and experts
  2. Manage and organize digital assets, including checking for duplicates, establishing the master copy, preservation copy, and access copy for each asset
  3. Manage and organize physical items in the collection, including implementing preservation practices
  4. Implement metadata standards for the collection, complete construction of and implement thesaurus terms
  5. Work with SAM IT team on storage, project-specific DAM, and online portal implementation
  6. Ingest and catalogue preservation, master, and access copies into designated storage systems
  7. Digitize optical disk formats
  8. Edit access copies to create the best possible viewing experience
  9. Work with SAM legal team and Fair Use specialist to develop Fair Use program
  10. Promote and publicize collection, including coordinating screenings of select materials at SAM and other venues
  11. Document all workflows, processes, and policies

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  1. MLIS, MSIM or equivalent combination of education/experience required.
  2. Familiarity with A/V formats and digitization techniques required.
  3. Experience successfully organizing and managing large amounts of information.
  4. A demonstrated passion for A/V digitization and preservation desired.
  5. Experience creating and implementing metadata schemas desired.
  6. Experience working with DAM systems desired.
  7. Experience using Adobe Premiere desired.
  8. Experience creating, implementing, and/or utilizing thesauri desired.
  9. Ability to work in both PC and Mac environments.
  10. Ability to work with and manage relationships with outside vendors and experts.
  11. Ability to work successfully with multiple staff members to create project-specific DAM, online portal, marketing initiatives, and organize screening events.
  12. Excellent written and oral communication skills; able to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person, and over the phone.
  13. Demonstrated expertise and proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and the internet.  
  14. Able to work independently and in a team setting; ability to self-motivate.
  15. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  16. Able to take initiative, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  17. Excellent time-management, problem-solving, and problem-prevention skills. 
  18. Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail.
  19. Ability to work with co-workers, vendors, and volunteers professionally and tactfully.
  20. Ability to adhere to Museum policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work areas are inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light to moderate background noise.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Sitting/Standing/Walking:  Approximately 80% of time is spent seated while working at a desk. Balance of time (approximately 20%) is spent standing or moving around the work area.

Speaking/Hearing:  Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with donors, members, the public, and co-workers.

Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling:  The ability to lift and carry up to twenty (20) pounds is necessary for working with a collection of 3,500 physical assets. This may include transporting physical formats to and from vendors. Moving physical assets within the Bullitt Library will also be essential.

Vision:  Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively use the computer screens.

Stooping/Kneeling:  The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files.

Reaching/Handling:  Good manual dexterity is necessary for computer keyboard use and for retrieving and working with appropriate paperwork, equipment, and supplies.

Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. .  

To request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at (206)654-3188 or HR@seattleartmuseum.org

More details: https://seattleartmuseum.applytojob.com/apply/rhaFC4nkB4/Project-Manager-NEH-Humanities-Collections-And-Reference-Resources-Grant

Deadline: May 14, 2021