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Smith College Sophia Smith Collection Archivist in Northampton, Massachusetts

NORTHAMPTON Job Summary Smith College Special Collections (SCSC) is home to Smith College Archives, the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, and the Sophia Smith Collection, and holds an encyclopedic 35,000+ linear feet of archival collections, rare books, and manuscripts. Fifteen full time staff work collaboratively in the newly renovated Neilson Library to steward collections from the donor to the researcher. The SCSC mission, vision, and values center access as the guiding principle of our work. A dynamic role, the Sophia Smith Collection Archivist\'s work is primarily divided into two areas: collection development and instruction. The successful candidate has the opportunity to build and shape the SSC activating the collection development strategy to identify people and organizations and to work with them to acquire records of enduring value. Similarly, the Sophia Smith Collection Archivist will work with highly engaged faculty across Smith College and the Five Colleges Consortium. A core teaching collection, the SSC receives significant instruction use, fueled in part by an active undergraduate Archives Concentration program. The position is both autonomous and collaborative, independent and supported. Working as part of a highly skilled team of colleagues, the Sophia Smith Collection Archivist serves as a catalyst for collection growth, stewardship, and use. By highlighting the experiences of women, the SSC helps to challenge traditional narratives and promote a more inclusive and diverse understanding of the past. It also helps empower individuals to envision a more equitable and inclusive future. We seek to pay competitively and equitably based on factors such as the position and individual qualifications. While actual pay will vary based on these factors, target pay is generally around 80k to 90k. Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses): Five years of relevant archival experience, or an equivalent combination of education, certifications, and experience required. ALA accredited MLS with specialization in archives and/or rare materials or ACA Certified Archivist strongly preferred. Equivalent combination of advanced subject degree and library/archives related experience will be considered. A strong academic background and/or knowledge of U.S. history, familiarity with U.S. women\'s history required Experience working with donors required Strong evidence of working with students, faculty, and other scholars through instruction, research support, and outreach Skills Demonstration of superior cultural competencies and sensitivity, empathy, and care in working with widely diverse communities. Proven dedication to high quality teaching with and about primary sources, including archival literacies. Ability to work in a complex and dynamic institutional environment that values communication, flexibility, and collaboration -- in special collections, Smith College Libraries, and across campus. Thoughtfulness and clarity concerning reference interactions and enthusiastic engagement in outreach. Thorough knowledge of archival principles of appraisal, arrangement, description, access, preservation, reference, and collection development. Understanding of physical and digital content management best practices. Knowledge of, or experience with, archival collection management/repository systems, including ArchivesSpace, and metadata schema. Excellent research, organizational, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to establish and meet project goals, take professional initiative, and multitask. A strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Review of applications will begin May 13, 2024 Compensation Grade: Grade H Position Type: Regular