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Archivist I/II/III (Technical Services), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan Deadline: until suitable candidate found

7 Feb 2020 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Posting Number: 044966, Archivist I/II/III (Technical Services). Full Time Academic Staff, University Libraries, H6640-Labor History/Archiv

Salary Range (Academic Only): $52,000- $68,000 

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 

Job Duties

Wayne State University seeks a service-oriented individual for the position of Technical Services Archivist. The Technical Services Archivist will work closely with archival preservation and content management systems with the purpose of improving collection management practices, as well as the preservation and discovery of digital materials.

This position reports to the Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs and is an AAUP-AFT represented position on Employment Security System (ESS) track. The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Archivist I, II, or III, based on qualifications and experience.

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs is the largest labor archives in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor related organizations. Its collection strengths extend to the political and community life of urban and metropolitan Detroit, the civil rights movement in Michigan and nationally, and women's struggles in the workplace. The Reuther Library is home to the Wayne State University Archives, established by the Board of Governors in 1958 in recognition of the importance and permanent value of the University's official files, records, and documents.

  • Oversee archives-oriented platforms for the discovery, management, and preservation of collections
  • Work towards integration of the preservation, collection management, and discovery systems used by the Reuther (presently Archivematica and ArchivesSpace)
  • Collaborate with Wayne State University Library System (WSULS) Discovery Services to ensure extensibility and compatibility of library-wide tools.
  • Articulation and application of relevant metadata schemas and standards
  • Maintain consistent "high-level" collection management practices through the creation of shared workflows, regular reports, and batch modifications of collection resources
  • Collaborate generally with staff (specifically with Digital Resources Specialist) to develop and streamline innovative access to digital content
  • Help conduct team-based web development using languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, and JS
  • Actively engage in shared decision-making for library planning, resource management, and policy development
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in a team based, production-oriented environment, as well as independently
  • Participate in the archival community through membership in and service to professional organizations
  • Meet the physical demands of the position, e.g. lift heavy storage boxes, climb stair ladders, work in a sedentary position for long durations.
  • Provide general reference services and perform other tasks as assigned by the director. 


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent by time of hire; Preferably three (3) or more years of progressively responsible post-degree professional library experience
  • Working knowledge of digital repositories and emerging digital curation practices
  • Experience using and administering collection management and preservation systems, such as ArchivesSpace and Archivematica
  • Fundamental understanding of DACS, EAD, and other relevant description standards, e.g. ISAD(G)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing professional knowledge through formal training, continuing education, or professional certification
  • Ability to meet expectations for promotion and ESS as part of the Reuther Library academic staff

Rank and salary to be determined by prior professional experience and qualifications 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Open source software, e.g. Bagit, MediaConch, Sleuth Kit
  • ArchivesSpace API, JSON, RESTful Web services
  • Python, Ruby, or other high-level / object-oriented programming languages
  • Analysis and visualization of data using spreadsheets and other statistical analysis tools and methods 

Application Information

Background Check Requirements: University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required. 
Instructions for submitting your application: Submit application via WSU's Online Hiring System. 

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

The Affirmative Action Plans for Minority/Female and Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities is available in their entirety on the OEO website.

Wayne State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment
Opportunity employer, which complies with all applicable federal and
state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Wayne
State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal
opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion,
national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by applicable law.

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