Assistant Archivist (2 positions) - Rockefeller Archive Center

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Assistant Archivist (2 positions)

Rockefeller Archive Center


The Rockefeller Archive Center seeks two creative, forward‐thinking, and self‐motivated individuals to join the processing team as Assistant Archivists (2 positions). The Ford Foundation supports these full time grant funded positions for a minimum period of three years.


Reporting to the Assistant Director, Head of Processing, the Assistant Archivist will arrange, describe, and provide access to textual and born‐digital records of the Ford Foundation.  The Assistant Archivist will also assist in the creation of collection description, including the development of EAD and DACS‐compliant finding aids.


The Archive Center is committed to the use of effective digital technologies 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. 


  Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Head of Processing, the Assistant Archivist will be responsible for determining the organization of and creating intellectual access to incoming Ford materials.  The Assistant Archivist may also be asked to assist in providing reference service, including responding to research 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.   Prospective candidates should have a working knowledge of DACS and EAD descriptive standards.    Familiarity with content management systems such as Archive Space 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:

Rockefeller Archive Center

15 Dayton Ave

Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591