Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-PROJARCH [#18711, TBD]
Position Title: Our Story. Our Terms Project Archivist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Library
Appl Deadline:2021/07/26 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/05/26, listed until 2021/07/26)
Position Description:    

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Duke University Libraries seeks applications to fill the position of Project Archivist for an innovative 3-year grant funded collaborative project focused on building capacity for archiving the modern social justice movement activities of the past ten years. This position will work closely with the project manager of the Our Story. Our Terms: Documenting Movement Building from the Inside Out project to supervise a group of early career archivists and cultural memory workers who will collaborate with present day activist organizations. The archivist collective will work to survey, organize, and develop organizational archiving practices with their partners. The project archivist will also lead the development of a digital collection featuring activist selected materials that document the modern activist movement of social and political activism. This is a 3-year term position. Priority given to applicants received prior to June 20, 2021.


Administrative (50%)

·       Recruit a cohort of archivists interested in aiding activist organizations with archiving their records

·       Coordinate training sessions with cohort members on topics that address organizational archiving needs and best practices for activist collections

·       Convene regular remote meetings with archivist cohort over the course of two years

·       Work with activist organizations to understand and troubleshoot issues related to capacity, intellectual property, copyright, etc. 

Content Creation (25%)

·       Lead the development of a digital collection of selected materials from these archives and the project’s activist conversations for public sharing

·       Convene archivist collective members and partnering organizations to chronicle their work together over the course of the project

Communication and Relationship Building (25%)

·       Maintain communication with project partners on status of project milestones

·       Work closely with the Our Story project manager to adhere to project deadlines and deliverables 

Other duties as assigned 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises 4-7 members of the project’s archivist collective
  • Leads recruitment of the project’s archivist collective


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience. In addition, managers and supervisors are expected to help develop a common vision by providing clear direction and priorities, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and promoting mutual understanding through effective communication. They are also expected to take the time to effectively plan and evaluate performance, provide feedback, recognition and coaching, and develop employees to achieve their personal and organizational goals.   


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in history, Africana Studies, humanities, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the conceptual, analytical, and interpersonal skills required to manage and lead a critical library program.


Required:  3 years and record of successful performance of work and show promise of an extended range of professional activity in the future.    

Preferred:  Experience working in a university setting; curatorial and/or processing experience with activist materials; prior experience with intellectual property law; experience publishing digital content online; demonstrated knowledge of the history of social justice movements in the United States.

Working Conditions

  • Project archivist is eligible to work remotely if they currently reside in the following states: California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC
  • Regular communication with the Franklin Research Center director and project partners expected.
  • Virtual attendance at occasional events outside of normal work hours

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; however, the anticipated range is $54,000-$60,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States. 

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18711 . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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Further Info:
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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