Archivist, University of Houston Libraries

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, this position serves as the archivist for partner-based...


Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, this position serves as the archivist for partner-based, collaborative archival collections, including the Carey C. Shuart Women's Archives and Research Center (affiliated with the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Friends of Women's Studies) and other humanities and social sciences collections. Manages a unit that functions collaboratively with other departments in a team-based environment. Establishes unified goals with other campus units and with Library Development and external donors. Oversees annual budgetary expenditures related to assigned archival units, such as the Women's Archives. Requires community involvement with organizational and individual donors to acquire collections and plans and participates in public events. Manages acquisition, processing, access and marketing of archival collections and may develop new collecting areas. Hires, trains and supervises the work of staff and student processors. Provides reference service for the collections.
The Archivist is a librarian position. The Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning. Librarians hold academic ranks pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians' Governance document. They are expected to develop a record of service and professional involvement.
The UH Libraries' Strategic Directions 2010-2013 focuses on supporting research and scholarly productivity, building dynamic partnerships, fostering academic success through innovative services, and enhancing user experience through technology. The complete document is available at: The Strategic Directions draw on and support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University ( We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.
Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited Master's degree. Demonstrated knowledge of best archival practices; record of public service and supervisory experience. Skilled in using an archival management system, web and social media. Experience in the development and management of digital collections. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to safely lift and carry 40 lbs. Preferred: Coursework in archival management and/or archival certificate from the Academy of Certified Archivists. Experience working in a research library setting processing archival collections and providing reference service; 3 or more years of progressively responsible supervisory experience. Desired: Academic specialization or advanced degree in a related field such as history; fluency in Spanish and English.
Salary: $58,000 to $62,000 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, and the Texas Digital Library. The Libraries hold over 2.1 million volumes. Total staff includes 48 professionals and approximately 110 support staff. Additional information available at:
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. The University of Houston has been recognized as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review and is included in its guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition. 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 rated eighth among livable North American cities by Places Rated Almanac.
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Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names and contact information for 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