POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

ARCHIVIST

Position Overview:

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation is looking to hire a full-time (4 days-a-week) Archivist. This position joins a team of archivists dedicated to the management of the Foundation’s archival collections and to facilitate researcher and staff access. The Archivist will work under the direction of the Head Archivist to complete processing on a 500-linear foot collection, including both the artist’s papers and the Foundation’s institutional records. The position will require coordination with the staff of the Lichtenstein Foundation, the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, and our digitization vendors. Further responsibilities include assistance on various exhibition, publication, and research projects.

The position is expected to run 12-18 months, as the Foundation has promised its archive to the Archives of American Art, to be transferred over the next two years.

About the Foundation:

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was chartered as a Private Operating Foundation in 1998, primarily to facilitate public access to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the art and artists of his time; to create a catalogue raisonné of all known Lichtenstein works; and to share information which could assist the development and education of the next generation of curators, critics and scholars concerning the artist Roy Lichtenstein.

In 2018 the Foundation announced the launch of two comprehensive, long-term collaborations: the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, Washington, DC, aimed at facilitating public access to the art and history of Roy Lichtenstein as to the art of mid-to-late twentieth century art. The Foundation is in the process of donating the remaining art and archives to institutions in the United States and around the world over the next several years.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Lead and assist in all processing projects – some incomplete and others yet to begin
• Coordinate with IT contractors throughout the various stages of digitizing the collection; and assist in metadata entry
• Perform basic preservation practices
• Assist in re-housing, arrangement and description of audiovisual materials and film, including the handling of unlabeled AV media
• Assist maintenance and coordination of archival collections at onsite and offsite storage facilities
• Assist with development of finding aid at series level, including data migration using spreadsheets
• Assist with research projects
• Assist in opening and closing the reading room when required (in the absence of the Reading Room Manager and the Head Archivist)
• Assist in reference services on all internal and external requests for access to the foundation’s archival collections
• Assist in research projects related to the archival collections
• Assist with newly accessioned archival objects and library materials
• Identify conservation concerns and perform basic preservation practices
• Coordinate with archivists, digitization contractors and other third-party vendors on the various stages of digitizing the collection (to begin in 2023)
• Other assigned duties as required

Qualifications:

• Master of Library and Information Sciences or Archival Studies from an ALA-accredited institution
• Minimum three-years of related archival experience
• Practical knowledge of archival theory and best practice
• Familiarity of 20th and 21st century art history, as well as of museum archival records and artists’ archives
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work independently and meet deadlines, as well as manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively across an inter-departmental and institutional structure (with Foundation and Estate employees)
• Responsible for using and maintaining dynamic database and library collections management systems, and a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Suite
• Knowledge and understanding of descriptive standards (DACS), EAD (Encoded Archival Description) finding aids, and digital object records in ArchivesSpace
• Familiarity of legal and ethical issues related to privacy and records restrictions
• Ability to lift materials weighing up to 40lbs
• Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional growth and development

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time position, four days-a-week. The Foundation has a competitive pay scale with excellent benefits.

Salary 70-75k commensurate with experience.

Work Environment:

The Archive and Library is in Chelsea, New York City.

To apply:

Starting Date: April 1. Open until filled. If interested, please email a resume, cover letter and two references. Include the position title in the subject line and email: [email protected].