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Job Req ID:  53056

Africana Archivist


General summary/purpose:

The Sheridan Libraries welcome applications from creative, collaborative applicants for a newly created, full-time position of Africana Archivist (a three-year grant-funded appointment) in our special collections department.

Working closely with the Center for Africana Studies and the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts, the Africana Archivist will serve as a vital member of the team implementing a new Mellon Foundation-funded project, Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation. A central goal of this three-year grant is to document and preserve the histories of local Black communities, often marginalized within or omitted from institutional archives. The Africana Archivist will be responsible for enhancing access to current Africana collections, helping to expand acquisitions and improve our acquisitions process, contributing to community archiving activities, and providing guidance to post-graduate archival and curatorial fellows.

The Sheridan Libraries inspire and advance research, teaching, and life-long intellectual growth by providing the distinctive collections, information and educational services, training, and facilities needed by affiliates and other researchers. As recognized world leaders in transforming the global information environment, the Sheridan Libraries are a strategic and integral asset in the university’s mission of creating, sharing, and preserving knowledge for the world. Johns Hopkins University is deeply committed to the dignity and equality of all persons—inclusive of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran status.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

•    Enhancing the description of and access to Special Collections’ current Africana archives; 
•    Conducting outreach for the acquisition of new collections in ways that are collaborative with local Africana communities, and processing new collections;
•    Articulating this community-driven philosophy to project stakeholders, advising partners on community archives, and directing the off-campus community archives digitization lab;
•    Mentoring archival fellows, who will assist with outreach, processing, and stewardship responsibilities; as well as curatorial fellows, who will prepare exhibits, classes, and public programs with Africana materials;
•    Collaborating with other members of the Inheritance Baltimore team, including curators, faculty, and fellows, and work closely with community members and library staff. 
•    This position requires travel to the communities served.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

•    Master's degree in library science, archival studies, or a related field required. 
•    Two years professional experience in an archives or library, or professional experience in public history or community outreach.
•    Demonstrated understanding of the principles of archival appraisal, description, and reference, as well as interest or experience in applying these principles in a community-driven archival framework. 
•    Demonstrated cultural competency and experience with Africana / African American community engagement. 
•    Experience in the acquisition of manuscript, archival, or other special collections, including working with collection donors.
•    Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, as well as willingness to adjust to job duties as changes in technology and user needs dictate. 
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
•    Demonstrated excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines in an evolving environment.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate and work effectively within and across organizational and community boundaries in a diverse organization and with a wide variety of users.
•    Enthusiasm for embracing the empathy, courage, self-reflection and respect that are essential in a multicultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and ability to embrace those values in collections and public service work.


 Preferred qualifications:
•    Experience with community-based and collaborative approaches to archiving. 
•    Academic training or background in African American history and culture. 
•    Experience with grant administration. 
•    Experience with library, scholarly, or community programming.
•    Supervisory experience, especially mentoring students and/or emerging practitioners.


Any specific physical requirements for the job:  Ability to lift 35 pounds.


Application Instructions: 
Applications and supporting materials must be submitted online. To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter describing relevant experience and interests, a resume or C.V., and a statement that explains their philosophy of and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cultural record. We will ask finalists for the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin May 10, 2021 and continue until position is filled. 


Classified Title: Archivist 
Working Title: Africana Archivist 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC 
Starting Salary Range: $50,700 - $69,780 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10000071-Academic Liaison 
Personnel area: Libraries


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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