The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Archivist will support the mission of the School by identifying, preserving, and providing access to documentation of the Northwest School’s culture, leadership, and community. The NWS Archive includes textual records, audio/visual materials, digital assets, and artifacts of enduring value to the history of the school. This is a 20 hours per week position for 12 months of the year. The Archivist reports to NWS Director of Communications.
• Oversight of the archive program including the administration of collection development and access policies; the creation and execution of deeds of gift; and implementation of the records retention schedule through community outreach.
• Appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation of the unprocessed materials in the NWS Archive; data entry into the CollectiveAccess DAMS; and creation of EAD finding aids.
• Carry out, or otherwise manage, the digitization of textual records and audio/visual materials, in compliance with best practices in digitization and storage and prioritizing at-risk records.
• Follow the access policy guidelines to provide access to the Northwest School Archive and Special Collections of the Northwest School.
• Collaborate with the Communications and Development teams and the broader NWS community to strategize, prepare, and support celebrations for the annual alumni reunion and the 40th Anniversary. This could include the creation of digital and onsite exhibits.
• Carry out oral history interviews with members of the NWS Community, including long term faculty, alumni, and former board members. As well as transcription; transferring of IP rights; and archival processing of the recording and transcript.
• Presenting to the Community milestones in the project and/or themes relevant to the school’s history and mission.
• Writing articles for the alumni magazine, creating content for the archive’s website, and supporting the Communication Department’s social media outreach • Supporting the Director of Communications in special projects
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
A bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
Strong understanding of best practices in the management of archives and special collections
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work, with strong project management skills, and the ability to use considerable judgment and take initiative.
Extensive processing experience using DACS understanding of MPLP Demonstrated understanding of best practices in digitization and data management
Knowledge of principles and best practices in oral history Knowledge of conservation/preservation best practices and standards for archival materials
Knowledge of copyright, privacy laws, and rights management issues relating to analog and digital collections.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, detail oriented, organization and problem-solving skills.
Commitment to SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop and experience with a variety of CMS and DAMS
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school, or the equivalent, and 2 years of professional experience.
Experience producing digital and onsite exhibits. Knowledge of records management best practices
Additional Salary Information: Compensation: Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with experience. Generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, a commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.