Archives & Manuscripts Accessions Specialist

Requisition Number: 091442
Title: Archives & Manuscripts Accessions Specialist
Division: Special Collections Research Center
Department: Archives and Manuscripts
Work Schedule: Full-time

General Summary:

Under the direction of the Assistant University Archivist, and working closely with the Director and University Archivist, the Archives and Manuscripts Accessions Specialist establishes physical and intellectual control over newly received collections; maintains an effective system of collections management; manages preparation of collections for storage areas including the Mansueto Library automated storage facility; interacts with University administrators, donors, and researchers; and supervises student support staff.

As a part of the Special Collections Research Center's program to increase access to archives and manuscripts collections, the Accessions Specialist will participate in the Tiered Processing Program by identifying preliminary inventories for unprocessed collections that can be made available for researcher via the SCRC Finding Aids Database.

Essenation Functions:



Acquisitions, Donor Relations, and Administrative Support        40%

Tiered Processing Program    20%

 Collection Management                   15%

Supervision                   20%

Other Responsibilities  5%


Bachelor's degree requiredMinimum of 1 year relevant library or archival experience required; Graduate work in library science, history, or related field preferred; Prior supervisory or management experience preferred; Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and database management programs and online library information systems required; Excellent writing and organizational skills required; Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and shifts in priority required; Ability to conceptualize and manage large collections in diverse formats required; Sound judgment and discretion required; Excellent problem solving skills required; Ability to work effectively and collegially with University staff, administrators, faculty, and donors required


Mental Demands:

Must possess tact and diplomacy; ability to work effectively and collegially with supervisors, peers, and other staff; Ability to work well independently required

Physical Demands

Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs; ability to handle the physical aspects of the position including lifting and carrying archival storage cartons

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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