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Location: The Plains, Virginia
Type: Part Time
Salary: $38.00 - $48.00
The Winthrop Group is conducting a personnel search on behalf of a private family to identify an experienced Archivist to manage the family’s historical archives. The selected individual will be responsible for ensuring the organization, accessibility, and long-term preservation of the archival collections. Work will take place on-site at the private family archives located in The Plains, Virginia.
Implement work plans that support ongoing maintenance of the Archives and development of its services
Engage in active communication and outreach to promote the Archives and its resources to family members
Collaborate with family principals to establish and administer policies and procedures for effective and safe management of the physical and digital archival collections
Identify and implement an online platform to serve as a ‘virtual forum’ by which family members can communicate and collaborate on matters related to the Archives.
Manage and maintain orderly physical file collections and database of digital records
Respond to reference and research inquiries by family members through the ‘virtual forum’ platform and requests from outside researchers
Respond to offers to donate materials to the Archives, determine if materials are within scope, and develop donor agreements for new acquisitions
Ensure long-term preservation of and access to collections in all formats
Process archival records in all formats
Digitize selected materials or oversee digitization projects (as requested)
MLIS with concentration in archives, graduate degree with certificate in archival studies, or ACA certification
Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in archival settings
Extensive knowledge of archival standards and best practices
establishing and administering policies and procedures for archival collections
providing reference services for archival collections
appraising and processing family/personal papers and confidential records
identifying preservation concerns (i.e., environmental, storage, physical condition of papers, photographs, and artifacts)
working with Collections Management Systems and Digital Asset Management Systems
facilitating digitization projects
Able to collaborate with a range of individuals (i.e., family members of two active generations, staff, and authorized outside researchers)
Flexibility and ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to shifting priorities
Ability to work proactively while keeping within the purview of the position’s responsibilities
Excellent communication, thoughtful interpersonal skills, and strong command of writing
Excellent and efficient time management skills
Trustworthiness and firm commitment to maintaining privacy and confidentiality
Interest in developing a long-term professional relationship with the family
Knowledge of American Civil Rights Movement history
Compensation & Work Schedule Hourly rate: $38.00-$48.00, commensurate with experience.
This part-time position has a schedule of approximately 16-24 hours per week (2-3 days per week) with the possibility of increased hours for short-term special projects.
Work Environment Work will take place in-person at the Family Archives located in The Plains, VA. The Archivist must be comfortable working alone much of the time.
Selected candidate will be required to pass a background check and sign a confidentiality agreement.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to email@example.com with the subject line “Archivist – The Plains, Virginia”
The Winthrop Group is an archives and history consulting firm headquartered in New York City. Since 1982 Winthrop has worked with over 350 clients around the world on short and long-term projects to organize, preserve, and make use of archival records. Our diverse client list includes multinational corporations, nonprofits, family-owned businesses, foundations, educational institutions, law firms, private families and individuals.