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Project Archivist, Part Time (Temporary) 

Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  

Position Summary:
This position reports to the Director of Archives and is a part-time, 12 month position funded by an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant. The Project Archivist will be responsible for completing the goals of the project 'Rediscovering John W. Rhoden: Processing, Cataloging, Rehousing, and Digitizing the John W. Rhoden papers.' In order to meet NEH grant deadlines and outcomes, this work must be completed within the time-frames outlined in the grant project work plan.


  • Coordinate the arrangement and description of multi-format manuscript collection
  • Manage and create descriptive and structural metadata following archival metadata standards
  • Work closely with the Director of Archives and Rhoden Curator to evaluate digitization scope
  • Catalog and digitize up to 5,000 items
  • Contribute to social media outreach initiative to promote grant project
  • Train and supervise Assistant Archivist and intern(s)


  • MLIS from an accredited Library and Information Science program with course worth in archival studies is required.
  • Candidate should have at least 1 year of professional archival experience processing collections.
  • Successful candidate must be a self starter, and possess the experience, confidence, and initiative to develop and carry out a processing plan.
  • The position requires someone with good communication skills, cataloging and digitization experience, and time management skills.
  • Ability to lift heavy boxes (40lb).
  • Supervisory experience.

Additional Information:

This is a grant-funded, 12-month (temporary), part-time position (1,300 hours). The hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Position Requirements  
About the Organization For over 200 years, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)-the oldest art museum and school in the nation-has supported a close-knit community of faculty, critics, scholars, curators, museum-professionals, and alumni and created a home for contemporary artists to reinvent tradition and make their own mark on the future. PAFA is a national leader in fine arts education that brings together artists and the public through exceptional teaching programs, a world-class collection of American art, major exhibitions, and widely accessible public programs.

This specialized and unique art school attracts some of the most committed and promising art students from across the country and around the globe to study painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, and sculpture with a distinguished faculty of working artists. The school holds a position of national prestige, with cutting-edge studio and classroom facilities, private studios for students, a historic cast collection, and the opportunity for students to exhibit in a world-class museum.

PAFA's museum is internationally known for its collections of American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper and for its exhibitions that are helping to broaden the story of American art to be more inclusive of women and artists of color. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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