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Job Req ID:  69962

Project Archivist

The Chesney Archives seeks qualified candidates for the position of Project Archivist  for reexamining Hopkins History. The Chesney Archives is the official archival repository for the records of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins university schools of medicine, nursing, and public health. The Project Archivist will complete the processing of personal papers and institutional records in the Chesney Archives that are of relevance for research in the entity-wide initiative of Reexamining Hopkins History. A main objective of the Hopkins re-assessment is to study the impact of racism and discrimination in the history of Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University.


This is a 36-month, full-time appointment that is not renewable.


The Chesney Archives is strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Chesney Archives is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Chesney Archives prizes initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Chesney Archives visit https://www.medicalarchives.jhmi.edu.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Collections Management Archivist, the Project Archivist’s duties include:

  • Arrange, describe, and preserve designated collections that are of relevance to the Reexamining Hopkins History Initiative. These will primarily be 20th century paper and hard copy collections; some collections include born-digital content. Work may also involve preparing collections for digitization.
  • Communicate with Director of the Chesney Archives and archives staff regarding progress of processing projects.
  • Create finding aids that are compliant with archival description and communication standards such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF).
  • Coordinate creation of cataloging records with Collections Management Archivist.
  • Survey designated collections and develop processing plans.
  • Supervise student workers.
  • Identify conservation issues in collections and collaborate with conservation/preservation consultants to address these concerns as appropriate
  • Assist reference archivists with requests related to the project.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science, Archival Studies, or related field.
  • Two years professional experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience processing collections related to medicine, nursing, and public health.
  • Educational background in history of the health fields, structural racism, racial equity, or related fields.
  • Experience implementing archival metadata standards.
  • Experience working with an archival content management system.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience processing archival collections.
  • Familiarity with archival metadata standards, including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF.
  • Familiarity with inclusive archival description practices.
  • Familiarity with digitization standards and workflow.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.


Classified Title: Archivist
Working Title: Project Archivist
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC 
Starting Salary Range: $51,210 - $70,480 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday/7.5 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​Mount Washington Campus 

Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Admin Medical Archives 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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


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