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RIT – Archivist

Requisition Number: 349BR
Position Title: Archivist

Department/College Description: Located in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the Vignelli Center for Design Studies is home to the extensive archive of legendary designers Massimo and Leila Vignelli. The archive houses multiple collections dedicated to the designers, including three-dimensional objects, paper and photographic materials related to design work and production, books, personal manuscripts and related documentation. The Vignelli Center also contains an exhibition display area and hosts a variety of public events in support of the Center’s mission and its unique collections.

The College’s School of Design provides oversight of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies and its archival collections. Named by Business Week as one of the top 10 design schools in the country and one of the top 40 in the world, the School of Design is also highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and Design Intelligence. The School encourages creativity and professionalism within the context of its unparalleled, high-quality education, with a balance between technological and theoretical approaches. More than 600 students are enrolled in the School’s renowned undergraduate and graduate programs, including 3D Digital Graphics, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, New Media Design, Computer Graphics Design and Visual Communication Design.

Detailed Job Description: The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences invites applicants to apply for an archivist position in the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The appointment begins fall 2013. Successful candidates must be committed to the administration and management of archival collections and its employees, and uphold the highest standards of archival and research practices within the educational setting and mission of a specialized archive. Based on the demands of this position, ideal candidates will provide leadership and vision in archival policies, preservation, acquisition, research and exhibition display in support of The Vignelli Center, dedicated to the collected work of legendary designers Massimo and Leila Vignelli, and the College’s renowned School of Design that provides primary oversight of the Center and its activities.

The College seeks an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness; Professional Development and Scholarship; Integrity and Ethics; Respect, Diversity and Pluralism; Innovation and Flexibility; and Teamwork and Collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies archivist is responsible for the comprehensive management of an archive of collected objects dedicated to the legendary designers Massimo and Leila Vignelli and other CIAS archives. The archivist’s primary duties involve collection management of the archive’s varied materials, including preservation, record keeping, reproduction imaging rights, research access, loans and display. The archivist will also administer the daily operations of the archive and supervise its staff and student employees. This position demands superior communication and writing skills, especially grant writing, and the ability to work with a team of University archivists and curators responsible for art held in campus collections. The archivist reports to the administration of the School of Design, which provides oversight of the Vignelli Archive, and the Dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • A MLS from an ALA-accredited program in archival practices and collection management with distinction required of an archivist position.
  • Minimum of three to five years of professional experience in archival practices and management of multiple collections of varied type, including three-dimensional objects, photography, paper manuscripts and documentation.
  • Substantial record of accomplishment in archival policies and practices, including collection management, preservation, research access, reproduction imaging rights, loans, exhibition display and event planning.
  • Demonstrable achievement in administrative skills, including ability to supervise an archive’s daily operations; hire, train, schedule and appraise archive personnel and student employees.
  • Professional experience with collection management and record keeping via online services and technologies.
  • Professional experience with reference services and research practices in an archival setting for both the student and professional researcher.
  • Professional communication and writing skills, including demonstrable experience in grant writing.
  • Ability to promote the Vignelli Center’s educational mission via public outreach and to contribute in meaningful ways to the mission of the College and its School of Design, which provides primary oversight of the Center, its functions and activities.

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