Kissinger Project Archivist
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian II
Fixed Duration Term: 3 years from date of hire
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)
Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.
The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at http://www.library.yale.edu/.
Manuscripts and Archives
Manuscripts and Archives in the Yale University Library is a major center for historical inquiry and also serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. The repository holds 64,000 linear feet of material. Half of the holdings is comprised of more than 1700 collections of personal and family papers and organizational records that document a variety of subject and geographical areas, and half is comprised of the Yale University Archives. The repository also preserves and services 4000 testimonies from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Each year the materials are consulted by more than 1000 Yale faculty as well as students and scholars from the United States and throughout the world. The staff of the repository consists of fourteen professionals, two managers, ten support staff, and fifteen student assistants and occasional temporary positions. They are responsible for the selection, acquisition, arrangement, description, and preservation of manuscript and archival collections and for providing reference services for in-person and long-distance research, services to University offices, and teaching assistance in the use of the collections. Please visit us online for additional information at http://www.library.yale.edu/
In conjunction with and under the supervision of the Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy, the Kissinger Project Archivist is responsible for the arrangement and description of the Henry A. Kissinger papers.
1. Responsible for arrangement and description of the collection in accordance with approved plans; screens for potentially sensitive material; weeds extraneous material; recommends appropriate preservation and conservation procedures; and coordinates the copying and/or digitization of materials for preservation and access.
2. Applies complex standards to determine provenance.
3. Assists in the preparation of a finding aid for processed materials, including a biographical sketch or historical note; scope and content note; and appropriate listing of materials.
4. Trains and supervises staff and/or student assistants assigned to assist with the project.
5. May assist in research services functions of the department through weekly service on the reference desk and involvement in primary source instruction to the Yale community.
6. Makes recommendations on personnel selection, staffing requirements, and equipment and supply needs.
7. Participates in library-wide planning and committee work as appropriate.
8. Is an active and contributing member of the archival profession.
9. Assists in maintaining the emergency response plan and responds to emergencies and recovery efforts as needed. May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.
1. ALA-accredited MLS and/or MA degree in history or related discipline and two years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments.
2. Formal archival training or education and demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice.
3. Demonstrated proficiency in archival processing, including minimum processing, and archival appraisal. Familiarity with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
4. Excellent oral and written communications, organizational, analytical, problem solving, and customer service skills. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines. Creativity, flexibility, and ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment.
5. Ability to work independently, collegially, respectfully and collaboratively in a diverse, team environment and to deliver a wide range of services. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively within and across departments in a rapidly changing environment.
6. Demonstrated experience in use of technology with a wide range of desktop software applications. Ability to readily adapt to change.
7. Ability to lift 30lb boxes and push heavy book trucks on a frequent basis.
1. Demonstrated proficiency with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).
2. Experience in using the Archivists’ Toolkit for finding aid creation.
3. Knowledge of 20th Century American diplomatic history.
4. Demonstrated experience managing projects.
Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.
Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 15725BR. Please be sure to reference #15725BR in your cover letter.
Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.
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Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups