The Center for Creative Photography seeks an experienced, collaborative, and visionary Senior Archivist to lead the team responsible for managing the premier photographic research archive in North America. The position manages 279 archives to date consisting of approximately nine million objects, oversees library and study center activities, manages the oral history project in concert with the curatorial department, and the digital imaging unit. The Senior Archivist is responsible for developing a vision in alignment with the CCP’s core values and the articulated institutional priorities of investment, engagement, and access. The Senior Archivist must set and communicate priorities for the department and execute strategies relating to the goals in the CCP’s Strategic Action Plan.
The position is responsible for overseeing the archive’s daily operations, assessing and creating deliverables for staff to ensure maximum efficiency, and balancing major functions of the archive to meet CCP needs. The Senior Archivist will assess and improve departmental programs, services, policies, and processes to ensure better collection development, technical preservation, access services, user services, outreach, digital initiatives and donor relations. The position will work closely with the CCP Chief Curator, Associate Curator for Academic and Public Programs, Senior Conservator, and other colleagues to identify synergies and create practices that enhance the Center’s ability to be top in class. The Senior Archivist will collaborate with staff to curate and prepare CCP-focused content for a variety of outlets including social media and websites. This is a supervisory position with responsibilities for mentoring staff to achieve excellence in their professional roles. The individual in this role must have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to service excellence. Evidence of success in strategic planning and collaboration in complex environments is essential. The Senior Archivist should identify as a change agent, be comfortable with ambiguity, bring solution oriented and creative thinking to all projects, be empathic, creative, and generative.
Masters degree in library/information science from ALA-accredited institution; or other relevant advanced degree with a certificate in archives.
3+ years of management, leadership, supervisory, and budget experience.
7+ years of experience working with archives or special collections in a cultural heritage and/or university institution.
Experience with all aspects of archival operation, including a foundational understanding of contemporary archival practices, standards, technologies, and trends in addition to proven success in managing archival and special collections in all formats.
Experience with current and emerging archival theory and practice, national standards, relevant legal and ethical regulations and best practices that govern the arrangement, description and use of archival materials, particularly DACS and MPLP.
Experience with archival metadata content, structure, and preservation standards including MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, PREMIS, XML, linked data, etc.
Experience in the purpose and structure of archival-related metadata, discovery, and access environments, including in a DAMS.
Demonstrated experience leading and managing complex projects, including developing proposals, timelines, budgets, and staffing plans as well as a successful record of grant writing and fundraising experiences, including donor cultivation.
Experience in organizational and management to perform efficiently and courteously in a fast-paced environment with a fluctuating workload, conflicting and competing priorities, and frequent distractions and interruptions.
Demonstrated experience working with a variety of photographic materials, including processing, description, arrangement, preservation, and access.
Experience in preservation best practices for photographic materials- physical handling, storage environments.
Experience working independently, set priorities, and see projects through to completion.
Experience with emerging technologies for managing archival collections, including digital repositories and digital preservation systems and digital asset management systems.
Formal education in the practice or the history of photography or additional advanced degree in a related field.
Experience working with advanced degree humanities scholars.
Experience with using archival collection management software, such as ArchivesSpace, TMS, and Piction.
Experience using digital collection management systems and platforms.
Experience in investigating new ideas and implementing change to improve access to and awareness of collections.
Experience in cultivating and advocating for an environment of diversity and inclusion.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: req2487
About Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, is recognized as one of the world's finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography. The Center opened in 1975, following a meeting between the University President John Schaefer and Ansel Adams. Beginning with the archives of five living master photographers—Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer—the collection has grown to include 270 archival collections. Among these are some of the most recognizable names in 20th century North American photography: W. Eugene Smith, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand. Altogether there are over eight million archival objects in the Center's collection including negatives, work prints, contact sheets, albums, scrapbooks, correspondence, writings, audiovisual materials and memorabilia. In addition to whole archival collections the Center also actively acquires individual photographs by modern and contemporary photographers. There are currently more than 110,000 works by over 2,200 photographers. A library of books, journals, and exhibition and auction catalogs including many rare publications plus an e...xtensive oral history collection complements the archival and fine print collections. The combined art, archival, and research collections at the Center provide an unparalleled resource for research, exhibitions, loans, and traveling exhibitions.
Mission & Vision
The Center for Creative Photography is the premier research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence.
The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona expands the history of photography to deepen an understanding of how the medium impacts society.
The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the UA is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The UA ranked in the top 25 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The UA advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.