This is a contract position in the Getty Research Institute (GRI). Founded in 1983 as the research program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Getty Research Institute has been dedicated to advancing understanding of the arts and humanities for more than 35 years. The GRI’s chief purpose is to contribute to Getty’s overarching mission to advance and share the world’s visual art and cultural heritage for the benefit of all. The GRI is, in particular, driven by three major directives: to promote discovery of materials related to art and art history; to create new knowledge about visual culture and the humanities; and to advance scholarly and public understanding of such knowledge through the dissemination of research.
The Archivist/Project Manager will focus on the administration and management of the photographic and audiovisual archives of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), publisher of Ebony, Jet, and numerous other publications, and creator of the television show, Ebony/Jet Showcase. Dating from 1942, when John H. and Eunice W. Johnson founded the Johnson Publishing Company, to the 21st century, the JPC Archive contains more than four million photographic images, including black & white and color prints, contact sheets, negatives and slides; more than nine thousand video and audio recordings; approximately 2.25 TB of digital content; as well as textual documents, press releases, memoranda, ephemera, memorabilia, and publications.
The JPC Archive was acquired by a nonprofit consortium including Ford Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in July, 2019, in an effort to safeguard the unparalleled treasure of African American history and culture for the public benefit.
The work of the Archivist/Project Manager is directed by the Head, Special Collections Management at the Getty Research Institute.
The primary workspace is located within a storage facility in Chicago, IL.
The targeted hiring range for this position is $95,000 to $120,000 per year, with a benefits package that includes group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick time.
Archival Collection Management
- Oversees daily operations for the JPC Archive
- Applies professional archival principles and methods to the management of the JPC Archive
- Assures the preservation and security of the Archive
- Develops, implements and refines operational and strategic plans and policies in alignment with the goals of the Consortium, Advisory Council and stakeholders
- Establishes written guidelines for archival processing in consultation Collection Management and Conservation teams comprised of Getty and Smithsonian staff
- Assists with contracts and provides overall management and direction to consultants, contractors, interns and volunteers
- Provides guidance in preservation practices, collection information management systems and collection outreach
- Plans and manages processing and preservation activities in coordination with an archival services vendor
- Assures accuracy, completeness, and currency of collection documentation
- Collaborates with digitization specialists on coordinated processing and digitization of the Archive, to be completed in phases
- Facilites access to, and promotes the use of the JPC Archive by Getty and Consortium staff, scholars and researchers
- Assists with researching and documenting intellectual property rights and managing licensing requests
- Prepares grant proposals related to the Archive and manages funded projects
- Supports and helps to coordinate Archive-related programs, including curatorial and other projects of the Consortium
- Develops expertise related to the history of the Johnson Publishing Company and represents the Consortium at professional meetings to advance knowledge and appreciation of the Johnson Publishing Company Archive
- Works with GRI and NMAAHC leaders to develop, monitor, and evaluate short and long range JPC Archive project plans
- Facilitates communication with the JPC Consortium, Advisory Council and other stakeholders
- Assists Consortium leaders in the practical formulation of goals and objectives
- Ensures adherence to project deadlines, as set forth by the JPC Archive Consortium, Advisory Council and other stakeholders
- Reports data relevant to the JPC Archive, including activities, metrics and project results
- Contributes to budgetary and narrative project reports
- Graduate degree in archival studies, African American history and culture, art history, library and information studies, or a related field
- Minimum 5 years of professional experience
- Supervisory experience
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Considerable knowledge of African American history and culture.
- Considerable knowledge of professional archival principles and theoretical concepts.
- Knowledge of systems for describing, organizing, and managing archival holdings.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement guidelines, policies, and procedures for all facets of archival work.
- Knowledge of archival procedures as they apply to photographic and audiovisual materials and processes.
- Knowledge of procedures for the registration, cataloging and creation of finding aids for archival collections.
- Knowledge of research methods used in historical research.
- Knowledge of preservation and storage methods for paper, photographs, audiovisual media, and digital materials.
- Demonstrated ability to manage projects and direct the work of others.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement project plans and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to solve complicated problems by applying professional knowledge and experience.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to climb ladders and lift boxes up to 40 pounds in weight.
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