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JOB OPENING: Digital Collections Coordinator at the Issaquah History Museums

Who We Are 

The Issaquah History Museums work to discover, preserve, and share the history of Issaquah and the surrounding area. Founded in 1972, the organization operates two museums in downtown Issaquah, cares for a collection of more than 40,000 artifacts and photos, and provides a variety of public programs. 

What We Need 

We need a team member who can: 

  • Create standards for digital collections and implement standards with support from Collections Manager. 
  • Shepherd incoming digital collections material through the accession and cataloging phases. 
  • Work with volunteers and guide them in scanning and cataloging new images.
  • Manage requests for digital images. 

Qualifications: 

  • Basic computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive.
  • BA degree and equivalent work experience in history, education, museum, or archive work. 
  • Requires attention to detail and ability to work independently. 

Schedule to be set in consultation with the Collections Manager. Many duties of this job can be done off-site, but occasional on-site work with volunteers will be necessary. 

Reports to: Collections Manager 

This is a part-time position with a rate of pay of $18 an hour and a schedule of 4 hours a week. 


JOB OPENING: DIGITAL IMAGE TECHNICIAN POSITION AT MOHAI

Museum Vision and Mission:

MOHAI is treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires us to be our best, individually and collectively. By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of our diverse history, MOHAI highlights our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future. MOHAI is a place and a community of people with histories of successes and failures that: bind us together; amuse, disturb, and inspire us; inform and guide us; and deepen our connection with our heritage.

Position Title: Digital Image Technician

Reports to: Library Collections Manager

Location:  MOHAI Resource Center at Georgetown

Rate of Pay: $21 – $23 an hour, DOE

Classification: Non-Exempt, Hourly, Full-time

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 37.5 hours a week

Benefits include: Medical and dental insurance and eligible for participation in 403 (b) savings plan

Application Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021, 9 a.m.

Position Description: The Digital Image Technician is responsible for assisting the Library Collections Manager and the Collections Resources department in overseeing the digitization of library and collections materials and distribution of these digital images for internal needs and to the  general public. This individual also contributes to and participates in reaching the overall library/collections/museum goals and projects. This position is a member of the Collections Resources Department.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Production: Digitization of library and collections materials using archival digital image best practices. This includes scanning and digital photography of both 2D and 3D materials; meta-data creation; organizing, analyzing and prepping for print or web distribution; and correction and digital retouching to provide high-quality products for customer requests, exhibit displays, and the online collection.
  • Equity: Ensure that all interactions are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on a foundation of MOHAI’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Customer Service: Serve as the point of contact with internal and external customers to deliver high-quality digital images of library and collection items. Work with Library Associate and other Library staff to locate the artifact, enter information into invoicing software Wave, process payment, deliver the image, and report sales data.
  • Collaboration: Support MOHAI image needs through delivery of digital images or prints for exhibit displays, marketing emails and communications, website images and digital-media postings, PowerPoints, and digital slideshows.
  • Organization: In conjunction with Library staff, support the maintenance of the department’s collection of digital images on internal servers, including managing files and metadata and supporting the institution’s digital archiving efforts.
  • Other: Assist the management of volunteer Library projects, including training in digital scanning and documentation, and monitoring ongoing efforts.
  • Opportunity to serve on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Committee.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Any equivalent combination of photography, scanning, digital imaging experience (minimum 1 year) and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Completion of a photography, digital imaging, or archives support training program or degree preferred.
  • Working knowledge of best practices and trends in digital scanning and photography, including capture, color management, formats, conversions, and standards for digital objects.
  • Familiarity with operating and maintaining a range of capture and imaging technology and scanner and camera hardware.
  • Familiarity with visual media and digital image editing software, data management, and processing, such as Adobe Photoshop and Bridge.
  • Familiarity with batch processing related to image conversion and manipulation.
  • Experience working in museums, libraries, or archives, including standards for care and handling of rare and fragile materials, preferred.
  • Self-motivator with good judgment, as well as team oriented and collaborative. Able to meet deadlines and work as part of a team.
  • Excellent customer service, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Bilingual and multilingual skills welcome.
  • Enthusiasm for MOHAI’s exhibits, programs, and mission.

For more information, please see the full job description here.


JOB OPENING: Western Washington University: Lead Records Management Specialist 

Western Washington University invites creative and collaborative applicants for the position of Lead Records Management Specialist. This position coordinates the University’s records management functions, including the university’s official retention schedules; provides training and expert consultation to staff at all levels of the institution regarding records management; oversees the University Records Center; and serves as Western’s designated Records Officer (RCW 40.14.040). The position is located within the University Archives and Records Management unit of Western Libraries, Division of Heritage Resources.  

Salary: Typical starting salary is $51,432 to $55,524 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. The salary for this position is assigned to Range 53 of the salary schedule for represented employees under the Professional and Technical Employees (PTE) bargaining unit, with a full range of $51,432 to $69,264. 

Link to full announcement: https://hr.wwu.edu/careers?job=498868 

Application deadline: application review begins 1 October 2021; open until filled.


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