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Arizona Political & Congressional Papers Archivist

Arizona State University Libraries
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 4, 2023

Arizona Political & Congressional Papers Archivist

ASU Library seeks an Arizona Political & Congressional Papers Archivist to join our Community-Driven Archives team as a key contributor to archival services. This is a Continuing Appointment track Academic Professional position reporting to the Head of Community-Driven Archives. The Archivist applies appropriate professional standards and best practices to process and make accessible archival political and Congressional collections in all formats, and provides research services and instructional support for the use of these collections. The Library holds a wide range of political and Congressional collections, including the Senator John S. McCain Papers, the Carl T. Hayden Papers, the papers of Barry M. Goldwater, the records of the Arizona AFL-CIO, and related farm workers and labor union collections. Through 2024, the Archivist will serve as project manager to complete a major grant-funded initiative to process and make available the papers of the late Senator John S. McCain, including articulation of best practices guidelines for archival Congressional papers collections.

The Arizona Political & Congressional Papers Archivist provides leadership in collections management and works closely with colleagues and researchers engaged with government information, political science, social justice and legal issues, local history, and other related disciplinary subjects. Through professional contributions, research, and service activities, the Archivist contributes to enhancing archival services, building shared knowledge, and collaborating to develop the Library’s capacities to engage with all of ASU’s communities with emphasis on communities historically underserved by archives within Arizona. The Community-Driven Archives unit centers the lives and voices of historically marginalized communities in the southwest region, including Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ communities.  This unit employs a team-based approach to collections services, including community engagement programs, reading and reference services, instruction for ASU courses and community colleges, and other activities supporting education with primary source materials. The Archivist fulfills the responsibilities expected of Academic Professionals holding a Continuing Track appointment, including position effectiveness, professional contributions, and service.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, the ASU Library is home to eight library facilities across four ASU campus locations – providing students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers and a suite of makerspaces. Serving as a critical gateway to ASU’s research and knowledge enterprise, the ASU Library works to collaborate, educate and innovate across disciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging key research, learning and engagement opportunities that are unique to ASU. A strong supporter of student success and a critical partner in realizing the New American University mission of access, excellence and impact, the ASU Library is a space of potentiality, out of which many futures can be built and of which none are excluded. More information about the library can be found at





  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Experience in arranging, describing, and preserving archival congressional collections or political papers
  • Knowledge of current nationally accepted library and archival descriptive and metadata standards




  • Professional work experience in a manuscript repository or archives located at an academic or research library
  • Experience writing finding aids and/or communicating with public constituents about archives or collections
  • Evidence of effective project planning, management and completion; demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and ensure regular workflows
  • Experience in the acquisition and processing of textual, analog, and born-digital materials
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation standards for archival materials
  • Experience using current library and archival descriptive and metadata standards [e.g. Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD)].
  • Experience using ArchivesSpace or other collection management systems
  • Deep knowledge of political science, public policy, or history
  • Knowledge of Arizona and/or southwestern history
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills and ability to maintain positive and productive work relationships with co-workers.
  • Supervisory experience, including hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating student and para-professional workers.


Salary and Rank: This is a continuing track Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Archivist and salary dependent upon experience.


  •  Application Procedures: This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to the following:  A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references and a Diversity Statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to social justice, diversity, equity and/or inclusion will advance ASU Library’s commitment to inclusive excellence.  No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Application deadline is May 19, 2023 Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.   Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until position is filled.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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