Archives Assistant Position at OPUS Archives and Research Center

Position Available:

Archives Assistant
Closing date: 3/30/15

OPUS Archives and Research Center
Santa Barbara, CA

OPUS Archives and Research Center is seeking a part-time Archives Assistant to aid in furthering the mission and objectives of the Archives. Located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute, OPUS preserves and extends access to the special collections of eminent scholars in the fields of depth psychology, mythology, and the humanities.

Under direction of the Archivist, the Archives Assistant will work primarily to advance access to primary and secondary resources through archival processing and description, digitization, and other projects as needed. The person in this position will be responsible for ensuring that professional standards and best practices as well as in-house guidelines for the care, management, and accessibility of archival collections are met and for supervising volunteers aiding with digitization.

Minimum qualifications include demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, including experience processing archival materials; knowledge of relevant standards such as DACS and EAD in creating finding aids; and experience with basic word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Must be detail oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in planning and implementing complex projects.

Preferred qualifications include an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, with a concentration in archives, or equivalent combination of education and experience working with fragile special collections in an archives, library, or museum setting. Desired experience includes working with archival collection management systems, archival scanning and image manipulation, applications such as Silverfast and Photoshop, ability to identify and make decisions about hierarchical relationships of elements within a collection, and experience creating finding aids. An understanding of copyrights in research archives and the ability to identify sensitive information that may require access restrictions is a plus.

The position will require frequent bending, reaching, and lifting of boxes up to 40 pounds.

This is a 3/5 FTE (24 hours/week) position with an hourly rate of $15.00/hour.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Barbara Vilander, OPUS Administrator