University Archivist -- University of Missouri-Kansas City -- Kansas City, MO

The UMKC University Libraries are seeking a collaborative, team-oriented individual to fill the role of University Archivist, responsible for planning, building, and stewarding collections documenting the history of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The University Archivist provides leadership and expertise in archives and records administration, access to University records and archives in all formats, and research support. The University Archivist is committed to user-centered collections and services that reflect diverse constituents and works collaboratively with the Associate Dean of Special Collections and Archives as well as campus constituencies to develop strategic directions and assess service quality in these areas. This position is a 12-month non-tenure track, ranked benefit-eligible faculty librarian appointment and reports to the Associate Dean of Special Collections and Archives.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Plans, develops, and manages the University Archives program within the academic research library setting.
  • Partners with other academic and administrative units on campus to collect the official and legal records, documents, correspondence, artwork, and media of the University and advises on University records retention policies and procedures to ensure compliance to the University of Missouri (UM) System guidelines.
  • Collects contemporary content using a strategic and creative approach to actively incorporate records reflecting a diverse campus life.
  • Collaborates with UM System Records Management in the management of University records, and University Archives departments across the system to address common issues and develop shared strategies as necessary.
  • Provides in-depth face-to-face, telephone, and electronic reference service for users of University Archives.
  • Ensures that the University records are available for use by other units on campus for promotion, marketing, dispute resolution, grievance resolution, legal action, research, and other essential proceedings.
  • Collaborates with the Head of LaBudde Special Collections to accession, arrange, describe, preserve, and store archival collections in physical and digital formats both locally and remotely.
  • Manages timely courier transport of offsite materials requested by researchers.
  • Initiates or provides library instruction to support the UMKC curriculum, ensuring that students develop adequate library and information skills specific to University Archives resources.
  • Assembles, analyzes, and shares appropriate quantitative and qualitative data about all aspects of the position responsibilities, and provides regular reports on activities, problems, challenges, and accomplishments.
  • May supervise, hire, evaluate, and train student assistants as necessary to ensure smooth operations that follow established policies.

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Diversity Commitment
The University Libraries are fully committed to creating and maintaining an anti-racist and anti-oppressive environment for a diverse academic community of faculty, staff, and students. Recent initiatives are outlined on the University Libraries' Equity Committee page. We seek individuals who will contribute to library-wide efforts to implement and maintain anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in all services and who are committed to our core campus values of learning, diversity, integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.

Special Collections & Archives at UMKC University Libraries
The UMKC University Libraries' Special Collections & Archives (SCA) division consists of LaBudde Special Collections, Marr Sound Archives, University Archives, Cataloging & Metadata Management, and Digital Projects. SCA’s primary source materials are rich in the humanities, particularly in local performing arts, LGBTQ communities, social services organizations, and jazz as well as Kansas-Missouri late 19th century Western Americana and national radio broadcasts from the 1930s-1960s. Prominent collections include the Edgar Parks Snow Papers, Starr Women's Hall of Fame inductee collections, Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, J. David Goldin Radio Collection, Raymond Scott Collection, Sheet Music Collection, and Victorian Studio Portrait Collection. SCA supports a major component of teaching and learning in the humanities, arts, and social sciences through the use of primary source materials; provides high impact learning experiences to a broad range of students including the development of national award-winning student-curated exhibits; and directly supports undergraduate research initiatives.

Minimum Requirements:

  • ALA accredited MLS or a graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (history, archival management, or related area);
  • Successful experience in an archives or special collections setting with demonstrated knowledge of core functions and services, including appraisal and selection, description and preservation, records management, reference, and public services;
  • Evidence of ability to build and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with a diverse faculty, staff, researchers, visiting scholars, alumni, and student population;
  • Awareness of current trends in born-digital curation;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion;
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment, evidenced through service, research, leadership, innovation, and/or professional development.

Salary: This is a 12 month, ranked, non-tenure track faculty position. (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria for rank specifications.) The minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I $48,500, Librarian II $51,000, Librarian III $56,000, and Librarian IV $63,500. Please note that these are minimum salaries, not ranges. Salaries are negotiable and commensurate with experience (University of Missouri Salary Report). UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package.

Application Instructions: Application materials must be submitted online at https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/academic-positions/. Click the View Jobs button and search for ID 60941 to apply. Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter that directly addresses how you meet the requirements of the position, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a single attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

Applications received by August 11, 2021 will receive priority consideration. Applications received after this date will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002. Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

You may address your cover letter to: Lindy Smith, Search Committee Chair. For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or umkcula@umkc.edu.

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