(This is a grant-funded term position of 18 months)
1) The Community Engagement Archivist for the BMRC will develop impartial legacy management resources to assist the BMRC with education, outreach and engagement of the black experience in Chicagoland.Â
2) Assess similarities and gaps in BMRC member collections on Black experiences.
3) Create and disseminate survey of broad BMRC network to ascertain level of knowledge about archives and donating collections.
4) Create an informative Legacy Management Resource Portal on the BMRC website to increase prospective donorâ™s education about the general processes for gifting collections and working with archival repositories of their choice.
5) Serve as a liaison between BMRC, member institutions and prospective donors in the community.
6) Create and execute workshops and public programming throughout Chicagoland, in targeted geographic areas and with targeted potential donors.
7) Compile member collection development policies, strategies and/or goals.
8) Coordinate workshops on diversification of collection development strategies and collecting for BMRC member institution archivists and/or relevant staff.
9) Monitor emerging trends and technologies related to archives management.
10) Represent the BMRC at meetings and conferences, and in discussions with peer institutions at the regional and national level.
11) Responsible for attending, assisting in scheduling, and providing updates on projects at BMRC Board meetings.
12) Provide assistance to member institutions, constituent groups and community members in solving problems, providing information about member institutionâ™s holdings and services, and making appropriate referrals as needed.
1) Knowledge of core archival concepts and functions (provenance, acquisitions, repositories, donor relations, etc.).
2) Ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities, manage time efficiently, and achieve unit goals.
3) Detail-oriented and highly organized.
4) Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to interface positively with fellow staff, board members, members, fellows, interns and the wider community.
5) Proven capacity to acquire new skills and to synthesize and act upon complex information and developments.
6) Ability to work independently, with supervision and as part of a team.
7) Prior experience facilitating workshops, trainings and orientations.
8) Knowledge of project management, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable)
1) Ability to travel around the Chicagoland area to visit member and prospective member institutions and to attend relevant community events.
2) May be required to work irregular hours including nights and weekends.
1) Bachelorâ™s Degree from an accredited institution
2) MLIS with a concentration in archives or advanced coursework in archival administration
1) At least 2 years of professional work experience in library/archives work is required.Â Related internships and/or volunteer experience prorated for value.
2) At least 2 years working in community engagement or with community-based organizations.
3) Knowledge of African American history or Chicago Studies
Technical Knowledge or Skills
1) Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
2) Ability to learn a range of position-related software applications
2) Cover letter
3) Reference List
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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