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Reference and Research Archivist (Part-Time Temporary)

A part-time (4-days-a-week) temporary position for a Reference and Research Archivist is available to begin September 2019. The incumbent will work as a member of a cross-institutional team on the development of a strategic plan for the Museum’s renowned collection of American art that is being supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.  The position is for 2 years, eligible for health insurance and paid time off.


Reporting directly to the Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources, the Reference and Research Archivist will provide access and reference to permanent collections data, archival documentation, visual resources, and other primary and secondary resources relating to the Whitney’s permanent collection and exhibitions. Working closely with Research Resources, Curatorial, and Registration staff, the role of this position will be to provide research reference, to analyze and synthesize information across the Whitney’s permanent collection, archive, and library databases (TMS, ArchiveSpace, and Koha) and to facilitate the discovery of collections content, data, and information. 



Carrying out collections information reference, retrieval, and research; generating reports on completed research; and developing metrics, guides, and other data-generating and reporting tools, processing archival material to facilitate access, and to schedule and arrange appointments for access to archival records and permanent collection documentation as well as processing of archival material to enable access.


Job Requirements

2-3 years of experience working in an archival setting relating to the arts or a museum.  Knowledge of archival reference and research, archival processing and description, and modern and contemporary art history, as well as an understanding of library, archives, and museum content and metadata standards. An MLIS in Library or Information Sciences or a related degree with equivalent experience is required


About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.


EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

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