Job posting: Community Engagement Archivist, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Hyde Park

24 Jan 2020 8:49 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)


The job develops and implements programs related to the development and implementation of education outreach programs and community relations strategies. Serves as a contact for national, state, and local organizations. Provides analysis, planning, and communications with various audiences, including senior leadership and program staff.

1) Under the direction of senior leadership, develops programs and relationships to advance program initiatives., 2) Uses knowledge of the divisional vision and values to assess, evaluate, and recommends opportunities for collaboration with partners., 3) Supports broader student initiatives., 4) Coordinates program initiatives, ensuring unity of focus and purpose., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit Responsibilities

(This is a grant-funded term position of 18 months)

1) The Community Engagement Archivist for the BMRC will develop impartial legacy management resources to assist the BMRC with education, outreach and engagement of the black experience in Chicagoland. 

2) Assess similarities and gaps in BMRC member collections on Black experiences.

3) Create and disseminate survey of broad BMRC network to ascertain level of knowledge about archives and donating collections.

4) Create an informative Legacy Management Resource Portal on the BMRC website to increase prospective donor’s education about the general processes for gifting collections and working with archival repositories of their choice.

5) Serve as a liaison between BMRC, member institutions and prospective donors in the community.

6) Create and execute workshops and public programming throughout Chicagoland, in targeted geographic areas and with targeted potential donors.

7) Compile member collection development policies, strategies and/or goals.

8) Coordinate workshops on diversification of collection development strategies and collecting for BMRC member institution archivists and/or relevant staff.

9) Monitor emerging trends and technologies related to archives management.

10) Represent the BMRC at meetings and conferences, and in discussions with peer institutions at the regional and national level.

11) Responsible for attending, assisting in scheduling, and providing updates on projects at BMRC Board meetings.

12) Provide assistance to member institutions, constituent groups and community members in solving problems, providing information about member institution’s holdings and services, and making appropriate referrals as needed.

Unit-Preferred Competencies

1) Knowledge of core archival concepts and functions (provenance, acquisitions, repositories, donor relations, etc.).

2) Ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities, manage time efficiently, and achieve unit goals.

3) Detail-oriented and highly organized.

4) Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to interface positively with fellow staff, board members, members, fellows, interns and the wider community.

5) Proven capacity to acquire new skills and to synthesize and act upon complex information and developments.

6) Ability to work independently, with supervision and as part of a team.

7) Prior experience facilitating workshops, trainings and orientations.

8) Knowledge of project management, program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable)


1) Ability to travel around the Chicagoland area to visit member and prospective member institutions and to attend relevant community events.

2) May be required to work irregular hours including nights and weekends.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution

2) MLIS with a concentration in archives or advanced coursework in archival administration


1) At least 2 years of professional work experience in library/archives work is required.  Related internships and/or volunteer experience prorated for value.

2) At least 2 years working in community engagement or with community-based organizations.

3) Knowledge of African American history or Chicago Studies

Technical Knowledge or Skills

1) Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

2) Ability to learn a range of position-related software applications

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover letter

3) Reference List

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

To Apply

Requisition Number: JR07533
Division / Dept. / Unit: Library IT & DS- BMRC
Reports to: Executive Director, BMRC
Work Schedule: 37.5 hours per week: Schedule set upon successful hire

To apply for this position, external candidates must submit their profile and any other required materials through Program Manager/Archivist. Internal candidates must apply by logging into Workday using their CNet ID and password; for more information, please see How to Apply for a UChicago Job (Current Employee) QRG. Resumes sent via mail, fax, or email will not be considered. For more information, please see

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About the Unit

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions with a mission to make broadly accessible the members’ holdings that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics with a special focus on Chicago, and to advocate for the preservation, enhancement, growth, and use of these materials, and the diversity of the information professionals who care for them. The BMRC is positioned within the University of Chicago Library which is a dynamic research and learning environment, supporting the University’s commitment to research and teaching and to using its intellectual resources to help solve the world’s problems. Member institutions represent a wide variety of missions and audiences, including public institutions, cultural heritage centers, community archives and private research institutions.

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