Archivist

Wallingford, CT

Choate Rosemary Hall seeks an Archivist for the Andrew Mellon Library to begin at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.  The purpose of the role is to select, preserve, arrange, and catalogue the collection; to answer inquiries from both internal and external parties; and, to promote the collections.  The Library provides both contemplative and collaborative spaces for all users with a collection containing over 190,000 books and e-books, over 50 scholarly databases as well as newspapers, magazines, DVDs, and streaming video services, along with a copy of course textbooks on reserve. 

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position that runs during the academic, school year.

 

Job duties include:

  • Responsible for the curation, preservation, administration, and the promotion of the physical and digital archives.
  • Identify, sort, and classify archive material for preservation and accessibility.
  • Catalogue existing records and new accessions: the creation, management, and maintenance of up-to-date structured finding aids, classification systems and access points on appropriate archive software, ensuring that national descriptive standards are followed.
  • Respond to inquiries from alumni, the school community, and members of the public, both in person and remotely with exceptional customer service.
  • Promote the Archive collections through online and on campus exhibits, publications, presentations, classroom sessions, and other outreach activities.
  • Develops policies and/or procedures and directly manages the acquisition, disposition, access to, and safekeeping of archival materials.
  • Maintains the inventory of the school's fine art, rare book, and furnishings collections. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library, archival, or information studies OR a master’s degree in liberal arts/humanities and successful completion of archival training.
  • Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) certification and formal experience in an archival institution OR an archival certification will be considered as an exception to the requirement for a master’s degree.
  • 3-5 years of experience with archival and library systems, including developing and managing systems in a collaborative environment.
  • A strong background in archival theory and practice, especially regarding arrangement and description, as well as a familiarity with current approaches to born-digital materials.
  • Experience working in a secondary school environment.

  

Working at Choate: Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and day students and over 350 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically challenging and personally supportive setting.

Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators. Teaching faculty at Choate are innovative, collaborative, and committed to our students' intellectual, social, emotional, and character development. Our faculty understands that each of our students has the potential for growth and works to encourage students to develop their own ideas and voices in learner-centered environments.

For its students and employees alike, Choate strives to be a diverse and inclusive community where all feel valued and embraced. On our campus, principled individuals from diverse backgrounds are united through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect. We celebrate difference and the richness of our varied backgrounds and experiences. Recognizing that working in an inclusive community can also present challenges, we embrace those challenges through ongoing dialogue and interaction, enhancing empathy and appreciation for those whose perspectives differ from our own.


Choate prohibits in all its programs, including hiring and employment practices, discrimination against or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by Connecticut or federal law, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.