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Reed College seeks an innovative, forward-thinking, and service-oriented archivist to work in Special Collections and Archives in the Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library at Reed College. Special Collections and Archives is a lively, fun, and informal space that helps undergraduates, researchers, and visitors understand and appreciate Reed’s unique history and culture. To this end, the Archivist will, under the direction of the Head of Special Collections and Archives, acquire, preserve and make accessible the historical and cultural records of the college. The Archivist will work closely with Reed students, faculty and staff to organize and process archival materials using standard archival procedures, and creates accession records and finding aids for new and existing collections.

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position reporting to the Head of Special Collections and Archives. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10 percent employer contribution (after one year), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse. The library supports professional development opportunities including conferences and workshops. Reed College provides reimbursement for certain relocation expenses. The starting salary for this position is $60,000 to $62,000, depending on qualifications and experience.


  • You are passionate about providing access to archival resources and services.
  • You have a firm understanding of archival theory, practice, protocols, procedures, and current best practices and professional standards.
  • You have experience with or a strong willingness to learn about the accessioning and processing of born-digital materials.
  • You look forward to the challenge of serving an undergraduate liberal arts community.
  • You are comfortable working both independently and as part of a collaborative environment.
  • You contribute an important aspect of diversity to our community.
  • You are an advocate and want to contribute to equity at Reed College by developing resources and services that are useful and accessible to all members of our community.
  • You can multi-task and love checking projects off your to-do list while providing great reference service.
  • You understand how to safely handle archival materials, including: carrying boxes and materials; bending and lifting; and climbing on stools and ladders to shelve or retrieve materials.
  • You thrive in a relaxed yet bustling work environment.


  • Organize and process new materials according to archival standards (DACS, RDA).
  • Create finding aids and accession records for materials in the archival database (ArchivesSpace).
  • Provide assistance to Reed students, faculty, staff, and the public and facilitate the use of archives, rare books, and other special collections.
  • Manage the acquisition, organization, preservation, and access of manuscripts and archives that support the historical and cultural record of the college and enrich the study of the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Work with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and potential donors to identify collection needs, coordinate gifts, and acquire additions to collections.
  • Survey campus departments and solicit a wide variety of administrative files and born-digital records for transfer to the archives; assist Reed departments in interpreting records retention schedules and ensure the timely transfer of records to the archives; review and revise retention schedules as appropriate; prepare collection development policies and develop collection strategies for the college archives.
  • Plan for and provide digital infrastructure to accommodate the growth, usability, security, preservation, and access of archives materials.
  • Serve in the Reed Digital Collections group and coordinate copyright statements, scanning, and metadata creation for special collections and archives materials.
  • Assist in the direction and supervision of student employees.
  • Assist with class visits, public presentations and general outreach to promote awareness and use of special collections and archives materials.


  • Master's degree in library science, archival science, history, information science, or information management, with coursework in archival studies.
  • Minimum 2 years experience in an archives and records management environment, preferably in an academic setting.


  • Experience with archival management software such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, or Archon.
  • Experience in donor relations and stewardship.
  • Experience directing the work of student employees, delegating appropriate tasks and monitoring progress.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • What interests you about archival work?
  • What is one recent archival project of which you are particularly proud?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you contribute to equity, inclusion, and community growth at Reed?

Review of applications will begin on July 1st, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.