The Political Science Department and the Program in Race, Immigration, and Citizenship welcomes applications from creative, collaborative applicants for a newly created, full-time position of an Associate Director (Research Projects Specialist) for the American Prison Writing Archive (APWA).
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Working closely with the Sheridan Libraries, RIC, and Vesla Weaver, the Associate Director will serve as the lead team member in transitioning, developing, and expanding the Archive at its new institutional home, Johns Hopkins University.
This role will be responsible for:
Ethically maintaining the archive
Correspondence with authors
Continuously incorporating new essays
Ensuring the logistical operation of the APWA digitally and physically
Working with student researchers aiding the project and working to preserve the voices and witness testimony of those on the inside
After the APWA is successfully transitioned the Associate Director will work with Vesla Weaver to plan extensions and improvements to the Archive and acquisition process, including but not limited to:
Greater outreach to authors less well represented in the archive
Establish connections to other scholars/nonprofits/research endeavors to collaborate with
Build out new ways of making the Archive accessible for inmate communities' scholarly communities, policy organizations, and the public
Continue developing the tagging and coding project
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
Five years related experience required.
Master's degree in library science, archival studies, or a related field preferred.
Minimum of two years professional experience working with an existing archive strongly preferred.
Experience in the acquisition of essays and letters from collection donors as well as correspondence with people making submissions.
Experience and/or willingness to help supervise others supporting the Archive's operations.
Understanding of ethical research using ethnographic, oral history, archives, memoirs/diaries/letters.
Experience with grant administration and proposals.
Experience with library, scholarly, or community programming.
Supervisory experience, including hiring and training.
Experience incorporating and developing creative uses and ideas using an existing archive.
Demonstrated understanding of the principles and ethics of using oral history, first person essays from vulnerable communities, or other qualitative data collections.
Demonstrated cultural competency and experience engaging with Africana / African American / Latinx and LGBTQ communities, as well as justice system-involved individuals.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of and willingness to learn software related to the Archive
Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, as well as willingness to expand into new areas as the Archive develops and grows
Excellent attention to detail
Demonstrated discretion in handling confidential documents
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated excellent time management skills, organizational skills, and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate and work effectively with a team
Experience with developing and maintaining clear workflow documentation for internal use as well as external instructional use
Experience entering and analyzing data using relational databases
Experience with object digitization (scanning hardware and software, image formats, file organization)
Experience with media software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)
Experience with office software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive Suite)
Knowledge of existing collections, projects, and organizations related to the American Prison Writing Archive
Understanding of the complexities of corresponding with individuals within state and federal departments of corrections
Classified Title: Research Projects Specialist Working Title: Associate Director, American Prison Writing Archive Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC Starting Salary Range: $50,700 - $69,780 annually (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F / 8:30 am - 5:00 PM Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Homewood Campus Department name: Political Science Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
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