Detroit, MI: University Archivist I/II, Wayne State University

Posting Number
Position Title
Archivist I/II
Number of Vacancies
01 – University Libraries
Primary Department
H6640-Labor History/Archiv
Essential Functions (Job Duties)
Wayne State University seeks a service-orientated individual to provide vision and leadership for the University Archives. The University Archivist captures and disseminates University history through both traditional and innovative collecting strategies, and by increasing accessibility to collection information and content.

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

Essential Job Functions:

Reference, Outreach and Donor Relations:
Serves as primary contact for research inquiries pertaining to University history and participates in reference services in the Reuther Library’s reading room;

Actively facilitates relationships with University departments, administrators, faculty, students, student organizations, and donors to further the mission and goals of Wayne State University, the University Library System, and the Reuther Library;

Promotes the history of Wayne State University as a significant urban academic institution;

Supports institutional efforts to mark significant milestones in University history; and

Collaborates in the development and implementation of programs, curriculum support tools, events, and exhibits.

Collection Management and Stewardship:
Provides access to University history through the preservation and processing of its records, both print and electronic, including arrangement and description of collections, and the creation of finding aids, inventories, databases, and other access tools;

Seeks new collections documenting the history of Wayne State University, including institutional records and personal papers relating to faculty, staff, and alumni;

Creates and manages digital content for University archival records for the Reuther Library’s online environment;

Supervises students, volunteers, and interns assigned to work with University collections, including selection and supervision of graduate students in a funded internship program; and

Advocates for responsible management of University records in compliance with local, state, and federal laws
In collaboration with the Library Director and other staff, enhances the preservation of institutional records at Wayne State University.

Professional Development, Service, and Activity:
Participates in the shared decision-making for library planning, resource management, and program and policy development; and

Represents the library through participation in professional associations and University committees.
Unique Duties

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in library/information science, archival administration, history, or a related field, with graduate archival study;

Minimum of 1-3 years paid professional experience in an archives, special collections, or records repository;

Demonstrated experience processing archival collections and the creation of finding aids;

Demonstrated experience working with archival collections, research, and outreach in a digital environment;

Experience using archival collection management software;

Demonstrated ability to work with researchers, donors, alumni, and other constituencies;

Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills;

Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks and work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment;

Demonstrated initiative, self-direction, and a commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence;

Demonstrated commitment to expanding skills and professional growth;

Ability to meet expectations for promotion and ESS as part of the Reuther Library academic staff; and

Ability to lift 40 lbs.
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience working with ArchivesSpace;

Ability to set digitization priorities and programs;

Knowledge of current trends in administering college and university archives;

Membership in the Academy of Certified Archivists;
Testing Requirements
Not Applicable
Test Scheduling

Working Conditions
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 Type
Job Category
Faculty and Academic Staff

Duration of Posting
Fiscal Year of Job Open Date
Job Open Date
(When job is posted in the system)
Job Close Date
(or until suitable candidate is found)
Is this position reposted?
Reposting Reason:
None (New Posting)

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


About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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