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Senior Archivist 

Category Collection/Curatorial  
Position Senior Archivist  


The Senior Archivist is responsible for appraising, processing, cataloging, and preserving permanent records and historically valuable documents (i.e., manuscripts, electronic records, websites, photographs, maps, videos, or sound recordings). This individual coordinates educational and public outreach programs, such as tours, lectures, and classes. The Senior Archivist also works with researchers on topics and items relevant to the collection.


Essential Functions

  • Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials.
  • Preserve and maintain documents and objects.
  • Create and manage a system to maintain and preserve electronic records.
  • Organize and classify archival materials.
  • Safeguard records by creating film and digital copies.
  • Direct workers to help arrange, exhibit, and maintain collections.
  • Set and administer policy guidelines concerning public access to materials.
  • Find and acquire new materials for their archives.
Position Requirements


  • Demonstrated leadership, analytical, and organizational skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to service excellence.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Evidence of success in strategic planning and collaboration in complex environments is essential.
  • Ability to identify as a change agent, be comfortable with ambiguity, bring solution oriented and creative thinking to all projects, be empathic, and exercise discretion.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; familiar PastPerfect or other collections management software preferred
  • Flexibility in working with cross-departmental teams
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff and work with colleagues, volunteers, and interns
  • Ability to competently represent the Museum to the public and potential donors

Supervisory Responsibility


Work Environment

This position operates in an office setting and a public environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

Physical Demands/Strength

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use repetitive motions. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, lift and carry 20 pounds, climb ladders and/or scaffolding, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, grasp, and use eye/hand/foot coordination. Occasionally, the position is required to push, pull, and feel. The position requires medium work.

Environmental Conditions

Occasional atmospheric conditions and frequent temperature changes.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Salaried. This position frequently requires weekend work and some evenings.


Moderate to high travel required. Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver license, proof of auto insurance and vehicle registration.


  • Master’s Degree in history, library/information science, archival studies, political science, or public administration; or relevant advanced degree with a certificate in archives.
  • 3+ years of management, leadership, supervisory, and budget experience.
  • 7+ years of experience working with archives or special collections in a cultural heritage or music museum.
  • Experience with all aspects of archival operation, including a foundational understanding of archival practices, standards, technologies, and trends in addition to proven success in managing archival and special collections in all formats.
  • Experience with current and emerging archival theory and practice, national standards, relevant legal and ethical regulations, and best practices that govern the arrangement, description and se of archival materials, particularly DACS and MPLP.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing complex projects, including developing proposals, timelines, budgets, and staffing plans as well as a successful record of grant writing and fundraising experiences, including donor cultivation.
  • Experience in organizational and management to perform efficiently and courteously in a fast-paced environment with a fluctuating workload, conflicting and competing priorities, and frequent distractions and interruptions.
  • Demonstrated experience in preservation best practices, physical handling and storage environments of photographic materials, vinyls, costumes, and instruments including processing, description, arrangement, preservation, and access.
  • Experience working independently, set priorities, and see projects through to completion.
  • Experience with emerging technologies for managing archival collection, including digital repositories and digital preservation systems and digital asset management systems.
  • Experience using digital collection management systems and platforms; preferred.
  • Experience with using archival collection management software, such as PassPerfect, ArchivesSpace, TMS, and Piction; preferred.
  • Experience in investigating new ideas and implementing change to improve access to and awareness of collections.



Motown Museum is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EOE Statement Motown Museum provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination and layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Motown Museum expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Motown Museum employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Various Shifts  
Pay Range $40,000 - $46,000  
Travel Requirement Some travel required.  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number COL-21-00004  
Open Date 11/9/2021  
Location Motown  

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