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New York Transit Museum

Saturday, September 19, 2020 1:26 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Archivist 
(September 19, 2020)

Position Type Full-time, Term

Benefits No

Hourly wage range $25-$30

POSTING DATE: September 18, 2020

JOB TITLE: Archivist

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 1 (Full Time-Temporary)

LENGTH OF POSITION: grant project (approx. October 2020 – June 2023)

HOURS OF WORK: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday - Flexible schedule as required

SUMMARY:

Friends of the New York Transit Museum is hiring an Archivist for a cataloging, survey, and digitization collections care grant project awarded by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation. The grant project will be in two parts, the first will focus on scanning and cataloging a collection of Early Long Island Railroad Real Estate Maps and records. The second part will focus on surveying museum collections with Long Island Transportation related materials and flagging items from these collections to catalog and digitize. The goal is to add roughly an additional 3000 individualized catalog records to the museums database and online portal focusing on the Long Island Region for internal use by the museum for exhibition purposes and for greater researcher access.

The New York Transit Museum collects, preserves, and presents material relating to the region’s public transportation, past and present, focusing on the agencies of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and their predecessor companies. Established in 1976, the Transit Museum currently holds a collection of more than 5300+ linear feet of historical records and approximately 8,000+ artifacts, including historical vehicles.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • The Archivist should have a Master’s degree in museum studies, library &

information science, archival studies, history or a closely related field.

  • Experience working with archival, photographic, and/or museum collections
  • Skilled in processing, cataloging, digitizing collections and creating finding aids
  • Knowledge of best practices in handling and preservation of archival material
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and familiarity with Collection Management Systems
  • Knowledge and an interest in New York history, preferably transportation history
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and in teams
  • Strong organizational skills, multi-tasking ability, and impeccable attention to detail

ABOUT THE TRANSIT MUSEUM:

The New York Transit Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York metropolitan region through the presentation of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since its inception 40 years ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.

Salary and Project Timeline: The position will be 37.5 hours per week at $27.05/hour, from approximately October 2020 through June 2023.

Application:

Qualified individuals interested in this job opening must apply by e-mail. Resume and cover letter should be sent as .doc or PDF to Desiree Alden-Gonzalez, Collections Manager: desiree.alden@nyct.com. Specify subject as Archivist Posting. Due to high volume of applicants, only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2020

Friends of the New York Transit Museum is an equal opportunity employer.



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