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Wednesday, February 01, 2023 9:39 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Processing Archivist 

(February 1, 2023)

Position Title - Processing Archivist

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

Position Type - Part-time, term

Benefits - No

Hourly wage range - $25 - $30

Position Description:

The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is seeking a Processing Archivist. This is a part-time and temporary position. Under the supervision of the Archivist, this position will be responsible for arranging, preserving, and describing ISLAA’s archival and special collections of varying formats, including digital-born, audiovisual, photography, and paper materials. The Processing Archivist will also assist with other duties related to preserving and providing access to ISLAA’s archival collections such as performing basic preservation work and occasional assisting with writing announcement texts to introduce a collection to public audiences.


The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) expands scholarship and public engagement with art from Latin America through its program of exhibitions, publications, lectures, and partnerships.

Position overview:

  • Position title: Processing Archivist
  • Compensation: $25-30 per hour (commensurate with experience and qualifications)
  • Anticipated start: March 1, 2023 and beyond
  • Schedule: 16 hours per week between Monday and Friday
  • Benefits: As a part-time, freelance position, this role does not include benefits, including but not limited to health, dental, or 401K.
  • Residency: Candidates must reside in the New York City area in order to perform work at our Library and Archives in New York City. This position is fully in-person, and cannot accommodate hybrid work or work from home.

Specific Duties:

  • Process, arrange and describe materials according to processing plans.
  • Prepare EAD- and DACS-compliant findings aid(s) using ArchivesSpace.
  • Perform basic preservation work.


  • MLS, MLIS, MSLIS, or equivalent in a relevant field, or prior archival experience.
  • Experience of arranging and processing archival collections (student, internship experience can be included).
  • Experience with an archival management system such as ArchivesSpace.
  • Knowledge of archival best practices and standards such as DACS, EAD and MODS.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment.
  • Reading proficiency in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of art history is preferred.

This position involves lifting boxes weighing as much as 40lb.

To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials to archives@islaa.org with a subject line Processing Archivist:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample finding aid
  • Names of two [2] references (contact information only)

ISLAA seeks team members who reflect the diverse communities we engage with. Positions are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

Please send

Cover letter

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample finding aid
  • Names of two [2] references (contact information only)

to archives@islaa.org

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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