Archivist for Hispanic Collections at the University of Houston

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, this position serves as the archivist for collections reflecting...
Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, this position serves as the archivist for collections reflecting the impact of Mexican Americans and other Hispanic groups on the history and culture of Houston.   The position works with the directors of Arte Público Press and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project.  The Hispanic Collections Archivist works with Library Development, individual donors and organizations to acquire collections and promote their visibility by organizing public exhibitions and special programs.  The Archivist provides classroom instruction, reference service and web-based access tools for users of the collections.  The Archivist manages the processing of physical and digital collections; and hires, trains and supervises staff and student processors.
The Hispanic Collections Archivist is a librarian position.  Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians' Bylaws Document.  They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional involvement.  The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best archival practice
  • Skilled in using an archival management system
  • Relevant supervisory experience
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and verbal).  Language abilities will be assessed during the interview process
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry 40 lbs.  


  • Coursework in archival management and/or archival certificate from the Academy of Certified Archivists
  • Experience working in a research library setting processing archival collections, teaching and providing reference service
  • Academic specialization or advanced degree in a related field such as Hispanic Studies
  • Experience with digital collections

Salary: $62,000 – $65,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications.  Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.
Library Information:  The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  Total staff includes 69 professionals and approximately 135 support staff.  Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:
The UH Libraries' Strategic Directions document focuses on targeting services to specific user groups, reimagining library spaces, improving outreach, and increasing national recognition.  Further information and the complete document are available at:  The Strategic Directions support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and the further the Tier One effort (  We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.
General Information:  The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.  Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enjoys a very reasonable cost of living and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America's coolest cities (
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Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000.  Applications may also be submitted by email to: .
Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or .