Artspace, Inc, New Haven’s leading contemporary arts organization, seeks a temporary, part time 2.5 year Research Manager/Archivist to assist in the organizing of its 30 years of archives, as part of its 30th year anniversary campaign.

For thirty years, Artspace has been at the forefront of New Haven’s contemporary art scene, taking risks on behalf of local artists to advance their careers while also quickening the pulse of our community. Touchstone programs like our Summer Apprenticeship for New Haven Public School students, our City-Wide Open Studios festival, and our Flatfile Collection which brings needed attention to exceptional works on paper, together provide artists with unparalleled access to audiences, space, resources, and to one another.

Job Description. In 2016/2017, Artspace will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an 18-month series of exhibitions, programs, and a fundraising campaign to achieve sustainable excellence entitled “Three Decades of Change”.  Reporting to the Curator, the Project Research Manager/Archivist will work collaboratively with other staff to coordinate  assessment, description, and organization of all paper and digital assets, as well as migration of digital assets, in keeping with best practices for libraries and archives.  The Manager/Archivist will work with a range of content currently in Artspace’s on-site archive, including paper records, printed materials, images, VHS and digital videotapes, audio recordings, and electronic files relating to the Artspace’s history, exhibitions, programs, and administration.  The Manager/Archivist will be expected to organize this information for ease of research use and oversee digitization as needed for user-friendly online presence.  Work on Artspace’s online presence will require the assignment of associated search tags and metadata.

During the 30th Anniversary, Artspace anticipates receiving some additions to the in-house archive from artists, audience members, and supporters who have materials they wish to donate or share via digitization. The Manager/Archivist [may be called on to arrange transport or receipt of these materials and] will prepare the materials to be integrated into the existing archive.

The overall goal of this position is to organize the entirety of Artspace’s records and archive to provide ease of direct access for Artspace staff, scholars, artists, and a wider public. Because some records may need to be classified as “active records”, some knowledge of records management practice will be helpful.

Some of the materials will need to be scanned for an online and/or print publication. The Manager/Archivist may also have the opportunity to organize small exhibitions of ephemera drawn from the archive.

Requirements: Demonstrated experience in archival management, processing, and description; MLIS degree (with art history or studio art experience preferred); fluency in archival standards; knowledge of art history and contemporary American art; preservation awareness; understanding the function and processes of both libraries and archives; good communication skills; familiarity with records management practices, e.g., descriptive standards such as EAD, MARC, and DACS,  and collection management tools such as ArchivesSpace preferred. Mac and Photoshop Proficient. Ability to lift boxes weighing up to 50 pounds, on a regular basis.

This position requires attention to detail, strong organizational, communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Applicant must be able to show personal initiative as well as be able to work collaboratively as a member of a team and must enjoy working in an informal, creative and fast-paced environment. The position must support the mission of Artspace and its commitment to diversity of its constituency in all areas—experience and training, culture, profession, age, socioeconomic background, race, gender, etc.

Artspace is an equal opportunity employer. Artspace is committed to working to address inequities in the representation of artists. In line with this lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and vision of Artspace.

Project Salary commensurate with experience. Location is at Artspace New Haven/ To Apply:  Send cover letter including specific experience, resume, copies or links to 2-3 short writing samples, names and phone numbers of three client or institutional references in a Zip file to: jobs@artspacenh.org and write Archivist Search in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Opening date: October 26,  2015

Deadline to submit application: November 30, 2015

Decision announced: December 30, 2015

Projected start date:  February 1, 2016

Project End Date April 2018.

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