The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, empathetic, collaborative, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional for the position of Community Archivist for the Southern Historical Collection, a department of the Wilson Special Collections Library.
Working closely with the curatorial team of the Southern Historical Collection (SHC), the Community Archivist will serve as project manager and coordinator for a Mellon Foundation grant entitled Building a Model for All Users: Transforming Archive Collections through Community-Driven Archives. Among the goals of the grant is to document and preserve the histories of marginalized communities previously omitted from traditional archives. The Community Archivist will service the Collection’s existing community archives projects, including The Appalachian Student Health Coalition, The Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project, The Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, and the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum. The Community Archivist will collaborate with the Community Driven Archives Team to facilitate positive relationships with peer practitioners and community liaisons, manage a core project team, document the community-driven methodology, and develop tools and programs for community-driven archives. The Community Archivist will articulate the community-driven philosophy to all project stakeholders including but not limited to community members, library staff, and other partners. This position includes and requires travel to the communities served.
Education and Experience:
Required ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or a related advanced degree. Experience in an archive, special collections, or professional experience in public history or community outreach. Demonstrated understanding of the principles that dictate archival appraisal, description, and reference as well as interest or experience in applying these principles in a community-driven archival framework. 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 project management experience, excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines in an evolving environment. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, students, faculty, researchers, and community members. Demonstrated understanding OR Ability to collect Cultural competence and the ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds
Preferred 2-5 years of professional experience in an archive, special collections, or professional experience in public history or community outreach. Relevant managerial and or supervisory experience and experience in grant administration. Strong commitment to public service, particularly to working with underrepresented communities. Experience in the acquisition of manuscript, archival, or other special collections, including working with collection donors. Demonstrated instruction skills. Experience in library, scholarly, or community programming Comfort with new digital and social media tools for historical resources.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 148934
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