Job Posting: Project Manager/Archivist, Black Metropolis Research Consortium

24 Dec 2019 11:28 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Program Manager/Archivist

Requisition Number: JR07424  -- Division / Dept. / Unit: Library IT & DS- BMRC
Reports to: Executive Director, BMRC
Work Schedule: 37.5 hours per week: Schedule set upon successful hire

About the Unit

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions with a mission to make broadly accessible the members’ holdings that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics with a special focus on Chicago, and to advocate for the preservation, enhancement, growth, and use of these materials, and the diversity of the information professionals who care for them. The BMRC is positioned within the University of Chicago Library which is a dynamic research and learning environment, supporting the University’s commitment to research and teaching and to using its intellectual resources to help solve the world’s problems. Member institutions represent a wide variety of missions and audiences, including public institutions, cultural heritage centers, community archives and private research institutions.

Unit-specific Responsibilities
1) The Program Manager/Archivist for the BMRC will work closely with the Executive Director in planning and managing daily operations of the consortium, events, the Archie Motley Internship Program, the Summer Short Term Fellows Program, and member relations. 
2) Arrange and manage the organizational archives of the BMRC in analog and electronic formats. 
3) Provide general assistance to member institutions, constituent groups and community members in solving problems, providing information about member institution’s holdings and services, and making appropriate referrals as needed.
4) Provide archival assistance to member institutions, particularly Second Space members (community-based archives).  May include appraisal, collection advisement and training of member institution staff and volunteers. 
5) Monitor emerging trends and technologies related to archives management.
6) Represent the BMRC at meetings and conferences, and in discussions with peer institutions at the regional and national level.
7) Responsible for attending, assisting in scheduling, and providing updates on projects at BMRC Board meetings.
8) Coordinate events, research logistics, monitors budgets, assist with planning and preparing presentations, event outreach and post-event write-ups.
9) Assist with researching funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals and drafting and/or editing other written materials like newsletters with moderate guidance.
10) Prepare project reports and documentation as necessary, with particular attention to grant management and reporting.
11) Update BMRC website content, manage social media platforms and receive, route and respond to incoming communications, verbal and written.

Unit-Preferred Competencies
1) Knowledge of core archival concepts and functions (provenance, appraisal, arrangement, etc.). 
2) Ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities, manage time efficiently, and achieve unit goals.
3) Detail-oriented and highly organized.
4) Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to interface positively with fellow staff, board members, members, fellows, interns and the wider community.
5) Proven capacity to acquire new skills and to synthesize and act upon complex information and developments.
6) Ability to work independently, with supervision and as part of a team.
7) Prior experience facilitating workshops, trainings and orientations.
8) Knowledge of project management, program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications
1) Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
2) MA Degree, MLIS with a concentration in archives or advanced coursework in
archival administration

1) At least 2 years of professional work experience in library/archives work.
2) Related internships and/or volunteer experience prorated for value.
3) At least 1 year of office experience.
4) At least 1 year working in community engagement or with community-based organizations.
5) Knowledge of African American history or Chicago Studies.

Technical Knowledge or Skills
1) Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
2) Ability to learn a range of position-related software applications
3) Knowledge of social media platforms

Required Documents
1) Resume
2) Cover letter
3) Reference List
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

To Apply

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