Assistant Archivist - The Museum of Modern Art

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The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Archivist in the Archives, Library, and Research Collections Department. This is a fixed-term, 12 month position.

  • Surveys the collections to be processed.
  • Conducts preliminary research on the materials, compiling and reviewing existing descriptions of the material.
  • Drafts a processing plan, in conjunction with the Metadata and Systems staff, determining and acquiring necessary archival supplies.
  • Processes the collection in keeping with standard professional guidelines.
  • Performs basic preservation tasks, such as removing staples and paperclips, sleeving delicate items within mylar, etc. and implementing other conservation measures as necessary.
  • Re-files and re-boxes the collection in acid-free housing and labels the containers.
  • Writing and encoding detailed finding aid, including information on context and related collections as well as description of the material.
  • Assists with reference activities of the department.
  • Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above or to the daily operations of the Archives, Library, and Research Collections Department.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Background in art history and a MLIS or master’s degree with certificate in archival studies strongly preferred.
  • One to three years experience processing archival collections according to standard archival standards and practices; research in art history.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of twentieth- and twenty-first century art, art historical reference sources, and other related research material.
  • Demonstrates outstanding team orientation, flexibility, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Detail oriented with ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds and to reach high and low shelves.
  • Fully vaccinated with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or the World Health Organization authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a qualified disability or sincerely held religious belief or other legal basis).  
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience using ArchivesSpace.
  • Knowledge of EAD.
  • Familiarity with integrated library systems and MARC cataloging.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English.

Reports to: Head of Metadata and Systems

Salary: $60,299

Employer Contact: Helen Lopez, Junior Recruiter:

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