The mission of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives is to collect, organize, and preserve primary and secondary source materials related to Joan Mitchell and her work, and to make its collections available for research. In addition, the Archives aims to promote an informed and enduring appreciation of Mitchell’s life and work through research support, educational publications, exhibitions, the Foundation’s website, public programming, and other avenues as appropriate. The Assistant/Associate Archivist helps further the mission and objectives of the Archives through support of daily operations and planning and/or implementing a range of short- and long-term projects.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Access to Archives + Research Support
Provide external reference services, including responding to queries remotely and in person, supervising researchers on-site, providing researchers access to materials, fulfilling reference copy requests, and maintaining calendar for research visits
Support in-house staff research by providing hands-on research assistance, answering reference questions, and providing staff access to materials
Field licensing requests for archival images and execute license agreements when appropriate
Assist with preparations for loan of archival materials to exhibitions
Oversee scanning and photography of Archival materials for publications and special projects; format and edit digital images in preparation for publication
Maintain accurate inventory of Archives library; catalogue and shelve new titles
Create and populate exhibition files for current exhibitions; maintain historic exhibition files, supplementing with new documentation as obtained; regularly update Mitchell exhibition history on Foundation’s website
Monitor and purchase supplies
Supervise temporary staff, interns, and contractors as needed
Educational Materials and Public Programming
Develop and maintain reference resources on Foundation website in collaboration with Design & Media Manager and Communications Manager, to include scans of historic texts, bibliographies, exhibition history, and other materials of interest to scholars and the general public
Generate content related to archival materials for publication on Foundation website and social media platforms
Collaborate with Legacy colleagues to plan and implement programming for both the general public and academic audiences via open houses, class visits, and other events
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or a related field and at least three years’ experience in a professional setting; five years’ experience for Associate level
Working knowledge of professional standards and best practices for archives, including the physical handling of delicate materials and general knowledge of basic preservation measures
Knowledge of 20th Century art and art historical methodologies; demonstrated dedication to supporting research and scholarship
Ability to plan and execute long-term projects without extensive supervision; skill in establishing priorities and organizing resources; a thorough and detail-oriented approach to all tasks
Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
Experience with Photoshop and a strong visual sensibility; proficiency with image scanning and editing
Familiarity and ease with Mac-based computer platforms and FileMaker Pro databases
Discretion, tact, pleasant demeanor and professional work style
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Commitment to the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s mission, vision, purpose, and core values
ADA SPECIFICATIONS (Physical demands that must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the job)
While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 20 pounds, speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time
Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings
Requires the ability to travel regionally and periodically nationally, on behalf of the Foundation
About Joan Mitchell Foundation
The mission of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives is to collect, organize, and preserve primary and secondary source materials related to Joan Mitchell and her work, and to make its collections available for research. In addition, the Archives aims to promote an informed and enduring appreciation of Mitchell’s life and work through research support, educational publications, exhibitions, the Foundation’s website, public programming, and other avenues as appropriate.
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