Society of Southwest Archivists

Archivist | Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

  • 05 Dec 2023 8:11 PM
    Message # 13287534
    Jacalyn Pearce (Administrator)

    The primary purpose of the position is to provide public-facing, user-centered access to NMAH’s archival collections, including:

    • Oversees the Archives Center’s on-site reference presence by staffing the reading room, scheduling researchers, maintaining registration and related researcher orientation activities, and ensuring the retrieval and return of collections materials. Develops strategies for improved reference service.
    • Responds to remote reference inquiries and requests for materials and collaborates with other staff in Archives, Rights and Reproductions, and Digital Assets to fulfill requests for surrogates.
    • Analyzes data about archival users and uses to maintain awareness, advise on resources, project future needs, and inform priorities for collecting, processing, and outreach.
    • Facilitates digital access to the Archives Center and its collections by scoping and managing digitization projects, overseeing the posting of electronic finding aids online via the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives (SOVA), ensuring all collections information is current and accurate in ArchivesSpace, managing the Archives Center’s ingest workflows into the Smithsonian’s Digital Access Management System (DAMS), and managing and enhancing Center’s web presence.
    • Performs outreach activities, including designing and coordinating special programs.

    Education: Bachelor's degree in archival science or bachelor's degree with a major that includes 18 semester hours in archival science, history and/or in political science or government, and 12 semester hours in one or any combination of the following: archival science, history, American civilization, economics, political science, public administration, or government.


    Combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours that included courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    $78,592 - $102,166 per year

    Please Note:

    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
    • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process.
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

    For more information and to apply, please visit this link

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