AAUW is Looking for an
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), a gender equity advocacy organization, is one of the nation’s leading voices promoting equity and education for women and girls and empowering them to reach their highest potential. What began in 1881 as a group of 17 like-minded women has grown into a powerful grassroots network with more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and more than 800 college and university partners across the United States.
Summary Description: The Archivist will appraise, edit, and maintain permanent records and historically valuable documents. Archivist will also prepare items and documents for proper filing and storage and ensure preservation for future retrieval. S/he will also research activities based on historical events that have influenced the empowerment of women. This is a part-time position, with up to 15 hours available per week.
- Overall responsibility for the management of AAUW records and historical documents in accordance with archival standards. Management includes appraisal, accessioning, arrangement, description, and preservation work.
- Safeguards records that are vital to retaining the history of AAUW thereby providing contextual evidence for the importance of the work of the organization and interprets collection for use.
- Evaluates records and other documents that reflect the culture and history of AAUW and while researching and implementing best practices, oversees and conducts necessary conservation of archival records, including determining those records that have enduring value and are deemed worthy of permanent preservation.
- Develops recommendations and implements digital reformatting, and delivery solutions for permanent and inactive records in the ever-changing world of digital technology. Enables others to understand the history of AAUW and the association’s contribution to the advancement of women in higher education, career fields and society thereby providing contextual evidence for the importance of the work of the association.
- Conducts outreach activities to increase awareness of AAUW’s rich history including but not limited to presentations to AAUW members and external audiences, tours and historical overviews to new staff and visitors.
- Researches, analyzes and interprets original AAUW documents and sources to ultimately compile a more complete history of AAUW and make determinations about document authenticity and significance.
- Makes decisions on access to AAUW archives for outside publications as well as fields questions and provides information to branches, states and individual researchers on the AAUW archives.
- Advises branches and states on best practices to establish their archives and provides guidance regarding donations of branch and state archives to local repositories. Applies for grants and funding for projects related to AAUW’s archives.
- Manages volunteer Archives Corps, developing projects for members and supervising their monthly work meetings. Performs any other function necessary to the operation of AAUW records.
- Works under typical office conditions, as well as in inactive records storage areas. May involve exposure to dust and/or mold; may require the ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds as well as bending, lifting and climbing ladders.
- Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies with four years practical archives experience;
- Expected to have excellent relationship-building skills to create and nurture partnerships with staff, other organizations, members, students and interested parties;
- Experience working with specific forms of records, such as electronic records, websites, photographs, and sound recordings;
- Experience using and developing complex databases related to the materials in the archive collection and access for partners;
- Experience in grant writing;
- Knowledge of methods and process for doing research
- Eye for detail and strong design instincts;
- Meticulous organizational skills and attention to detail to ensure proper storage and retrieval records and documents program. Ability to develop logical systems of storage for the public to use;
- Knowledge of managing, storing and maintaining archival assets;
- Knowledge of developing and maintaining archival storage systems (i.e. – Data Asset Management systems, etc.);
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
- Experience as an Historian in a corporate environment;
- Analytical skills;
- Ability to critically evaluate written documents;
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment;
- Proficient with databases intermediate Excel, Word and Power Point skills;
- Ability to plan and manage multiple tasks and priorities and maintain work flow;
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
- Clear understanding and commitment to AAUW mission, goals, and objectives.
Compensation and Location:
The salary range for this position is $30.00 to $38.00 per hour contingent on relevant experience. The position is based in Washington, DC.
Apply: Submit a résumé with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications by email, indicating position title (Archivist) to firstname.lastname@example.org