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Processing Archivist

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2023

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Processing Archivist

Location: Williams Campus,Williamstown
Job ID: 302598
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Opening Details

The Processing Archivist will provide strategic oversight of arrangement and description of archival collections in Special Collections, ensuring that the department's archival processing best supports research and teaching, meets national and international standards, and enables a wide and inclusive representation of Williams history. The Archivist will arrange and describe manuscript collections, College records, and other archival material using applicable standards. The Archivist will participate in the general operations of the Special Collections Department by providing reference, research, and operations support. The Archivist will supervise student assistants and work collaboratively with staff of Special Collections and other departments. The position reports to the Head of Special Collections in the Library and participates in the running of the Special Collections Department.

The Processing Archivist will support the mission of the college to provide a nurturing educational environment. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups or who have experience working with a broadly diverse student population to apply.

  • Arranges and describes archival collections, independently applying national standards including DACS and DCRM, using tools including ArchivesSpace and Alma.
  • Contributes to departmental operations. Provides reference and research service to staff, faculty, students, alumni and other researchers in person and remotely.
  • In coordination with the Head of Special Collections, determines strategic priorities and manages projects for archival processing to best support research, teaching, and inclusive storytelling. Reviews and provides feedback on archival processing carried out by Library staff and student employees.
  • Leads instruction sessions on research with special collections, independently and in collaboration with faculty.
  • Keeps abreast of national and international developments in the archives profession; establishes a record of service to the Library, the College, and the profession. Prioritizes professional development and training related to diversity equity and inclusion.

  • Graduate level degree in Archival Science, Library Science, or equivalent advanced degree. We may consider candidates with relevant experience and a degree in progress.
  • Programmatic leadership or project management experience.
  • Experience in archival arrangement and description of modern organizational records and manuscript collections.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.

Application review will begin on October 17, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $70,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience. Job Band 2-E. This role is eligible for visa sponsorship. Please visit to apply - all applications will be reviewed by the committee!

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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