Archivist -- Texas State Library & Archives Commission -- Austin, TX

Division: Archives and Information Services
Position Title: Archivist
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Work Location: 1201 Brazos - Austin, TX 78701
Working Hours: Full Time - 40 hours a week - M-F
Salary Group: B-14
Classification No. 7405 - Archivist I
Job Posting No. 00009107
Monthly Salary: $3,250 - $3,500/Month
Date Job Available: February 15, 2020

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Performs routine (journey-level) archival work for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in the Archives and Information Services Division. Arranges and describes government records, manuscripts or photographs; accessions and appraises archival materials, and prepares indexes and other finding aids to facilitate access to records. Assists patrons and staff conducting research and in making specific records, documents, and information available or locating other reference materials. Works under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Arranges and describes predominately government records series and occasionally manuscripts and photograph collections
  • Prepares finding aids using archival standards of EAD and DACS
  • Conducts initial reviews and appraises government records and manuscript collections
  • Transfer archival records from agencies and prepares accession records
  • Provides reference and research services to archives users in person, by phone or mail
  • Prepares and presents reports formally or informally, in person or in writing
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Attends work regularly and in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies
  • Complies with all applicable agency policies and procedures, including safety and standards of conduct


  • Assist with the relocation of collections
  • May serve on internal committees


  • Masters degree from an accredited college or university with a major in History, Government, Library Science or related discipline, with at least 3 semester hours completed in archival administration
  • Six months of full-time work or classroom experience in the arrangement and description of archives and manuscripts
  • Experience using word processing applications
  • Ability to collect, organize, research, and interpret information from various sources and to compose descriptive narratives that are clear, concise, and grammatically correct
  • Ability to work semi-independently and to exercise professional judgment


  • Work experience using DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), EAD (Encoded Archival Description), XML (Extensible Markup Language) and MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging)
  • Experience processing state government records and producing finding aids
  • Work experience conducting research or assisting others in an archive setting
  • Experience processing electronic records and preparing finding aids for the electronic records
  • Knowledge of the Texas Public Information Act
  • Experience working with database or archival content management systems
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite including MSWord, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
  • Certified Archivist designation
  • Digital Archives Specialist certificate
  • Experience in the accessioning of archival materials
  • Experience with appraising government records or manuscript collections.


  • College transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with application
  • Submission of a finding aid you independently developed – must be received at the time of the application
  • Criminal history check required upon contingent offer
  • Ability to lift and carry boxes weighing 40 pounds
  • Occasionally overtime work, including night, weekends, and holidays might be involved.


  • Reports to Assistant Director for State Archives, with daily oversight by the Team Lead, Archives and Information Services Division.
  • Has no supervisory responsibilities.
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