Archivist, Community-Driven Archives

Established in 2017 with the support of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASU Library’s Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative is redefining the traditional definition and function of archives and is building relationships with historically marginalized communities (Latinx, Black, Asian & Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ). The CDA team is creating and fostering intergenerational and intersectional safe spaces that support life-long learning and center the knowledge and stories of Community Archivists. This work supports the ASU Charter and goals through a focus on equity in education, supporting excellence in scholarship, and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural, and overall health of our communities.

Under the supervision of the Head of Archives, the CDA Archivist is responsible for overseeing and sustaining the CDA Initiative in collaboration with key stakeholders and community input. In order to assess community needs and partnerships, the Archivist will continue to improve and centralize the channels of communication between marginalized communities in Arizona, ASU faculty and students, and ASU Library. In addition, the Archivist will develop and implement community outreach strategies and educational programs that work toward equity and excellence in education; manage digital projects, including scanning and describing hidden ASU Library’s collections, and support scholarship and inquiry within the Archives at ASU. The Archivist will also support collection development and the processing of archival collections according to disciplinary standards. The incumbent to this position will also supervise students, interns, and volunteers assigned to the CDA initiative and perform other duties as assigned and will assist the Head of Archives with strategic planning and grant writing in order to further reimagine and transform community archives and academic repositories.

The Archivist fulfills the responsibilities expected of Academic Professionals, including position effectiveness, professional contributions, service, and collaboration and partnership. This position requires adherence to University policies, disciplinary ethics and standards, attention to detail, and moving materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

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Minimum qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent or other relevant advanced degree.
  • At least one year of experience working with historically marginalized communities or community archives.

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation standards for archival materials.
  • Knowledge of Arizona and/or Southwest history and/or Ethnic Studies.
  • Supervisory experience, including hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating student and para-professional workers.
  • Demonstrated experience using current library and archival descriptive and metadata standards.
  • Experience using ArchivesSpace or other collection management systems.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple complex and time-sensitive projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills and ability to maintain positive and productive work relationships with co-workers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Record of scholarly publications or conference presentations.

Salary and rank

This is a Fixed Term, Year to Year, Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Archivist and salary dependent upon experience.

Application procedures

This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to the following: A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Application deadline is November 3, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until position is filled.

Other information

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. A background check is required for employment. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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