University Archivist

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Job description

Position Type: Faculty

Requisition Number: F20170597

Title Descriptor: University Archivist

Banner Classification Title: Assistant Professor 12

Recruiting Range: Commensurate with experience.

Department: Library-Pius XII Memorial – D262

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job DescriptionSaint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care and service, seeks applicants for the position of University Archivist, Pius XII Memorial Library.

Reports to the Head of Collection Management Services, leads and manages the Archives and Digital Services Department of the Saint Louis University Libraries.

Responsibilities Include

1. Manages department and coordinates and supervises staff activities.

2. Develops, implements, and maintains policies, procedures, and work flow for archival and digital curation, including:i acquisition, arrangement, preservation, description, and access for collections.

3. Represents Archives and Digital Services, as well as participates in collection development which includes contacting offices, faculty and staff and negotiating the acquisition of archival collections.

4. Responsible for arranging on-site inventories, boxing, transferring, and ensuring that accession and gift agreement documentation is recorded.

5. Enhances resource discovery and improves access to collections by implementing and supporting technological and metadata strategies associated with archives and digital scholarship, including:i scripting, programming, harvesting, applying metadata schema, evaluation and testing of new archival information and content management systems software.

6. Maintains skills and knowledge of standards and best practices in archival processing and management and remains current in profession through active membership in professional organizations or attendance at conferences, workshops, and educational programs or through reading and/or publication in professional literature in order to contribute to strategic change and advancement of the profession.

7. Provides service to the department, library, and university through active participation on committees, in meetings, and in other capacities as needed and as opportunities arise, including participation in resource development, grant writing and fundraising efforts.

8. Promotes use of collections through classroom instruction, outreach, public presentations, tours, exhibitions, and publications.

9. Participates in providing reference services (in-person, phone, e-mail) for SLU students, faculty, administration, and other non-SLU patrons.

Required Qualifications

1. Master’s degree from an American Library Association-accredited library and information science program, with a concentration in archives

2. Certified Archivist (CA) qualification from the Society of American Archivists

3. Master’s degree in related subject area (e.g., History, American Studies, Media Archaeology, etc.)

4. Three years’ experience in a college or university Archives or Special Collections, or comparable institutional setting, with increasing managerial or supervisory responsibility

5. Competency in appraisal, acquisition, processing, arrangement, and description of archives and manuscripts according to accepted standards, e.g., DACSEAD, etc.

6. Ability to cultivate and sustain productive relationships with donors, faculty, administrative and academic staff.

7. Demonstrated commitment to the principles of accessibility, universal design, and user-centered design methodologies for various web platforms.

8. Competency in the management, preservation, and delivery of digitized and born-digital archival materials and finding aids using archival management systems, such as ArchivesSpace, Archon, etc.

9. Strong organizational and analytical skills

10. Ability to handle rare and fragile materials with care and attention

11. Ability to work with high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

12. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

13. Ability to maintain confidentiality

14. Ability to move and/or lift up to 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Strong computer science background; including:i experience developing and administering web-based solutions using CSSHTMLXML, APIs and related technologies and experience with scripting and/or programming languages such as JavaScript and Pearl

2. Experience with project planning and organization methodologies (including both Waterfall and Agile).

3. Knowledge of Jesuit history, Catholic history, Saint Louis regional history and local archival resources, Saint Louis University history


Assistant Professor, non-tenure track, 12-month appointment.


Commensurate with experience. Attractive benefits including retirement program, insurance, tuition remission, vacation and holidays.


Review of applications will begin March 1, 2018 and will continue until position is filled. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

How to apply

All applications must be made online at and include a cover letter addressing qualifications for position, application, curriculum vita, and contact information of three current professional references.

For information about Pius XII Memorial Library see

Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

Academic Discipline: Pius XII Memorial Library

Saint Louis University is a private, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.