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Chief Archivist sought by The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, FL)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - archivist, archives, circus, florida, museum, MLA, ALA
Contributed By: Kaitlin Foss
Website: http://ringling.org

Chief Archivist sought by The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, FL)
Job Title: Chief Archivist – Job ID # 43843
This is an Administrative & Professional position.

Location: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL       

Responsibilities

The Chief Archivist directs and manages the operations for The Ringling Archives, which includes the Museum Archives and the Archives of Circus History. The Archivist is responsible for:
 
The Chief Archivist directs and manages the operations for The Ringling Archives, which includes the Museum Archives and the Archives of Circus History. The Archivist is responsible for the access to, professional care, daily management, and maintenance of the archives including its organization, preservation, and storage.

Provides leadership in directing and managing The Ringling Archives, including the Museum Archives and the Archives of Circus History through planning, directing, preserving, organizing, outreach, and programming activities. Develops and implements archival policies and procedures with regards to processing, documenting, and accessing archival collections. Collaborates with curatorial and collections staff, along with other stakeholders, to provide and coordinate accessioning, arrangement and description, and preservation of materials in all formats. Collaborates with museum staff to develop innovative ways to use the collections.
        
Supervises and trains archives staff, interns, and volunteers. Assigns, trains, reviews, and/or approves work and special projects. Works with staff to determine goals and objectives; makes recommendations regarding employee hiring, salary adjustments, staff development, discipline, and termination, or performance evaluations.
        
Creates and maintains digital archives collections, maintaining digital objects and their corresponding metadata. Promotes use of collections through the Web, online exhibits, print/electronic guides, newsletters and other publications, social media, presentations, instructional sessions, and other outreach activities. Collaborates with area faculty and teachers to communicate the use of primary source materials, support digital scholarship initiatives, and makes the collections accessible by way of new and innovative strategies.

Coordinates and facilitates archives access requests by staff, researchers, research associates, and the public, as well as responding to archives information inquiries and requests. May be required to move and/or lift up to 40 lbs and utilize a step ladder with or without accommodation. Coordinates outreach events, tours and behind the scenes programs of archives collection materials. Identifies and participates in writing grant proposals.

Prepares, maintains, and manages the Archives' budget.

Representing the Archives on relevant internal and external committees and organizations. Acts as an advocate and personal representative for the Museum in the community by promoting its resources, programs and services. Cultivates relationships with potential public and private donors. Evaluates and facilitates potential donations for inclusion in archives.

Performs other duties and assists with special events as assigned.

Preferred
     
Certified archivist
   
Experience conducting independent scholarly research.

Experience with digitization of collection items to include works on paper.
        
Working knowledge of The Museum System (TMS).

Experience in conservation techniques and digitization, digital preservation practices and standards
        
Successful grant writing experience
        
Experience working with volunteers
        
Ability to cultivate and maintain effective relations with donors
        
Experience with promoting collections through social media

Qualifications

MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program with an emphasis in archives and 3 years of relevant experience.
    
Knowledge of standard archival theory and practice, preservation concepts, principles, and methodologies, local research tools, and finding aids.
    
Knowledge of and/or experience in developing digital collections and employing digitization practices to enhance archives and special collections.

Knowledge of current metadata standards used for describing digital materials, such as image, text, sound, and video.

Knowledge of and experience in using archival and museum collection management systems and/or content management systems.

Ability to move and/or lift up to 40 pounds with or without accommodation.

Anticipated Salary Range

Anticipated Salary Range will be $50,000 - $60,000 + Florida state benefits available.    
(http://hr.fsu.edu/?page=benefits/benefits_home)     

How To Apply

If qualified and interested apply at http://bit.ly/ChiefArchivist

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume. This position is advertised as open until filled.

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or employment@ringling.org.                

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.  

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf

Department

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling's campus in Sarasota, Florida (which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit www.ringling.org.

Keywords: archivist, archives, circus, florida, museum, MLA, ALA

Posted: August 27, 2018
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