The Rockefeller Archive Center seeks a creative, forward-thinking, and self-motivated individual to join its Collections Management team as a full-time Assistant Archivist.
Reporting to the Assistant Director, Head of Collections Management, the Assistant Archivist will work with her to achieve departmental goals, particularly with regards to preservation and stabilization of at-risk materials. The candidate should have a knowledge of archival preservation standards, procedures, and techniques and a willingness to share this knowledge with others. As part of the Collections Management team, this position will also assist with accessioning of new acquisitions, vault management, monitoring of environmental controls, and maintenance and execution of emergency preparedness and response procedures. The candidate must be able to work on multiple projects and possess the ability to adjust to frequent changes and reprioritizations.
The Archive Center is committed to the use of effective digital technologies to ensure the preservation and access of digitized and born-digital records and to enhance the availability of its collections to researchers throughout the world. The Archive Center seeks candidates who will be equally committed to this goal and who have a familiarity in the use of digital technologies in an archival setting. Minimally, prospective candidates should possess the ability and willingness to learn new technologies within the archival profession.
The Assistant Archivist may also be asked to assist in providing reference service, including responding to research and donor requests and monitoring reading rooms. Prospective candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented approach with fellow staff members towards the Archive Center’s goals. Prospective candidates should also have a demonstrated ability to work independently and complete projects in a timely manner, while maintaining a strong attention to detail. Excellent written, verbal, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills are required.
Prospective candidates should hold an ALA-accredited Masters Degree in library, information, and/or archival science or an equivalent advanced degree. Prospective candidates should also have at least one year of professional experience in a library or archival setting. Familiarity with content management systems such as ArchiveSpace is preferred.
The Rockefeller Archive Center, an operating foundation with its own substantial endowment, is an independent archive and research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains it shapes. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and the foundations and nonprofits established by the family, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller University. Today, the Center's growing holdings include materials from numerous foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, as well as from many nonprofit organizations. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.
Located 20 miles north of New York City in Westchester County on a former Rockefeller estate, the Archive Center is easily accessible from major highways and by train on the Metro-North Hudson Line. The Rockefeller Archive Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.
To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume via email or mail to:
The Rockefeller Archive Center is a repository of historic documents in a wide variety of media and a research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains shaped by philanthropy. The Center was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and their wide-ranging philanthropic endeavors (including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller University). Today, the Center’s growing holdings include materials from numerous non-Rockefeller foundations and nonprofit organizations, making it a premier center for research on philanthropy and civil society. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine. Through the scholars it serves and the broader community it reaches with its publications, workshops, and symposia, the Center is a vital resource for research and public dialogue on the contributions of philanthropy to the well-being of people throughout the world.The Center sponsors research grants for scholars who wish to use the collections, as wel...l as workshops, seminars and conferences related to the major subject areas of the collections. The Center's programs have a special focus on philanthropy and philanthropic foundations. The Center’s collections contain over 115 million pages of documents, over 900,000 photographs, over 6,000 films, approximately 18,000 reels of microfilm, over 10 terabytes of digital information in our digital repository, and 6,000 architectural drawings, maps, and posters. Since its opening in 1974, more than 5,000 scholars have visited the Center to conduct research for books, articles, dissertations, and films in a wide variety of fields.The Center is located in Hillcrest, a home of Westchester County field stone built for Martha Baird Rockefeller (1895-1971), the second wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960). The house was designed by Mott B. Schmidt and was completed in 1963. Mrs. Rockefeller personally planned the furnishings of the house, but advancing age and illness prevented her from living in it. After her death, the house was given to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of her residual estate. In March 1974 the Rockefeller Brothers Fund gave the house and the surrounding 24 acres of grounds for use as the Rockefeller Archive Center. The Center provides work space for both researchers and staff and includes a few rooms where Rockefeller memorabilia are on display.