Job Posting: University Archivist, Wayne State U (Detroit)

20 Jan 2021 9:25 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University seeks applicants for the position of University Archivist. Reporting to the Reuther Library Director, the successful candidate will develop and maintain the collections of the University Archives and provide leadership and vision in archival administration and the use of university records. 

Required qualifications:

• Master's degree from an accredited institution in library/information science, archival administration, or a related field

• Two years of experience with archives or special collections

• Formal coursework or training in archival management and theory

• Demonstrated experience collecting and processing physical and born-digital content

• Demonstrated experience using archival collection management software such as ArchivesSpace

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills

• Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

• Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage projects and initiatives and set priorities

• Demonstrated commitment to advancing professional knowledge through formal training, continuing education, or professional certification

• Ability and motivation to meet expectations for promotion and ESS as part of the Reuther Library academic staff

Preferred qualifications:

• Supervisory experience

• Membership in the Academy of Certified Archivists and/or Institute for Certified Records Managers

The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Archivist I or II with a salary range from $52,000 - $63,000 based on qualifications and experience. The University Archivist position is a full-time, regular, 12- month, benefits-eligible appointment as Academic Staff, and an AAUP-AFT represented position on Employment Security System (ESS) track with eligibility for promotion. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, employee/dependent life and long-term disability insurance, retirement savings plans, tuition assistance, and generous paid time off. Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity, and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Full description and application can be located by searching 045351 at or at

The Wayne State University Archives was established by the Board of Governors in 1958 in recognition of the importance and permanent value of the University's official files, records, and documents. Collections of note include student newspapers The South End and Collegian, the WSU Center for Urban Studies Council on Early Childhood Records, and the Folklore Archives. The University Archives is located in and is an integral part of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. The Reuther Library is the largest labor archives in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor related organizations, as well as those documenting the political and community life of urban and metropolitan Detroit, the civil rights movement in Michigan and nationally, and women's struggles in the workplace.

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