University Archivist

Athens State University
Location (City, State): 
Athens, Alabama

The Archivist is responsible for preservation and conservation of collections and records relating to the history of Athens State University. The majority of these items are unique to this institution. Duties include organizing, preserving, developing, and digitizing University historical material; developing finding aids; supervising student workers and volunteers; showcasing special collections; identifying and cultivating potential donors to the Archives; and serving as liaison between the University Archives and the community. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position with faculty rank of Assistant Librarian. The position reports to the Library Director.

• Develop and oversee archival collections.
• Create and evaluate archival policies and procedures.
• Provide reference and research services to Archives users.
• Create and produce archival brochures, guides, subject indexes, and other tools to enhance access to collections.
• Develop and update Archives web page.
• Oversee the digitization and cataloging of material significant to Athens State University history.
• Direct special Archives projects such as developing repositories of oral histories, faculty publications, and other special collections related to Athens State University.
• Manage the Archives budget.
• Solicit and receive donations to the Archives.
• Investigate, plan, and coordinate the technology required to facilitate the efficient retrieval of and access to archival information.
• Plan and create historical displays for showcases and University special events.
• Supervise student works, volunteers, and student interns.
• Conduct historical tours for students and researchers.
• Provide historical presentations for students, employees, and community groups.
• Serve on the Athens State University Heritage Committee.
• Represent Athens State on statewide archival-related committees.
• Provide the Library Director with data and other reports pertinent to Archives operations.

• ALA- accredited MLS/MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science,) or Master’s degree in archival studies.
• At least three years of work experience in the field of archives and/or archival preservation.
• Two years of work experience in an academic library.
• Experience with electronic records management and digital preservation issues. Knowledge of descriptive metadata standards including MARC, DACS, Dublin Core and of data structure standards relevant to archival control of digital collection material including EAD.

• Knowledge of archival administrative procedures, including preservation and conservation techniques established by the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
• Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Access and Excel database packages.
• Ability to establish effective working relationships with students, faculty, and the public.
• Ability to serve as a representative of the University during guided tours and public presentations.
• Ability to work independently, or with minimal supervision.
• Ability to analyze job tasks, offer solutions, and work with others toward implementation.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional evening and weekend hours.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Starting date: January, 2018

How to Apply: 

RANK & SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply, please visit

Review of applications will begin September 18, 2017.
Position will remain open until filled.

In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.
Athens State University participates in the E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility for all newly-hired employees.
Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.