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Thursday, June 30, 2022 10:43 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Project Archivist

(June 30, 2022)

Position Title-Project Archivist (71101)

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.)- Supervisor

Position Type - Full-time, permanent

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $45,000 - $55,000

Project Archivist (71101)

Location: Brooklyn, NY


The Pratt Institute Libraries are seeking a Project Archivist to process and make accessible collections that document Pratt Institute and its community. The primary focus of this position will be to appraise, arrange, describe, and rehouse unprocessed accessions working with paper files, photographic prints, negatives, publications, artwork, and three-dimensional items. The materials include a manuscript collection documenting the career of a prominent art educator, institutional records, and documents related to student work and student life at Pratt Institute. The Project Archivist reports to the Institute Archivist and as processing priorities allow, they will have an opportunity to collaborate with the Archives and Digital Initiatives team on digitization projects, provide reference services for researchers, and participate in outreach activities.

This position is well-suited for an early-career archivist interested in working in a highly collaborative and service-oriented environment with an eye towards advancing the Institute's goals of promoting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access through the active participation in decision-making processes related to how collections are selected, described, accessed, and showcased. This position is a two-year terminal appointment.

A typical day will consist of the following:

  • Appraising, arranging, describing and rehousing the Archives' backlog consisting of individual items and collections.
  • Creating detailed collection records in ArchivesSpace and producing finding aids.
  • Creating accession records in ArchivesSpace for new donations and transfers of archival material.
  • Developing and updating documentation and internal standards for archival processing.
  • In collaboration with Archives staff, write blog posts, social media posts, and develop digital and physical exhibits that highlight the Archives' collections and special projects.
  • Support the general operation of the Archives, and perform all other duties as assigned.

Salary is $55-60K depending on experience + generous benefits


Education: Masterʼs degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution with a concentration in archives or equivalent professional experience is required.

Experience: A minimum of 1 year experience, and preferably fewer than 3 years arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections

Required Skills: A successful candidate will possess knowledge of archival theory, standards, and practices, particularly in the area of paper and photograph collections. Additionally, the candidate must have demonstrated experience or interest in applying principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion in an archival setting. Exceptional organizational skills, problem-solving and research skills, attention to detail and accuracy, flexibility to changing priorities, the ability to set and keep deadlines and to work independently as well as collaboratively are necessary for succeeding in this position. Ability to reach shelves above shoulder height and lift boxes over 30 lbs a must.

For campus access requirements related to COVID, click https://www.pratt.edu/coronavirus/campus-access/

Pratt Institute gives the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, an additional historic building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers. Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares them for professional and personal success in creative fields and with the goal of contributing to a more just and sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Pratt Center for Community Development, the Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement, the Pratt Center K-12, and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates' diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt’s 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.

Application Instructions:

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/3192108

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