Position for: Staff
Application deadline: January 22, 2015
Full Or Part Time: Full-Time (40 working hours/week)
The Open Society Archives seeks a dynamic individual for a short-term Project Archivist position to process and describe the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Broadcast Archive, consisting of thousands of hours of digitized broadcast recordings.
The Open Society Archives affiliated with the Central European University is an international research center and Cold War archive, founded by George Soros in 1995. It is member of the Open Society Foundations Network (OSF). The Archives with its vast multilingual collections on Cold War, Human Rights and Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe constitute one of the world’s largest repository on recent history.
The Audio-visual Specialist will assist the Chief Archivist in managing, processing a major collection devoted to recorded sound (in digital) and the daily administration of the Russian collection which might include:
• Enhancing the intellectual control over legacy broadcast collections
• Demonstrated knowledge of processing audiovisual materials including descriptive techniques, international archival standards and good practices, and the provisions necessary for public service including reproduction requests, rights management.
• Creating the finding aid to the collection following in-house guidelines.
• Supervising temporary staff and/or interns in processing activities, assign tasks and ensure efficient and productive workflow.
• Assisting Chief Archivist in acquiring additional related collections.
• Providing reference service for the collection in consultation with the Reference Staff.
• Acting as liaison with RFE/RL administrators and Hoover Archive staff.
• Work closely with Digital Archivist and Senior Audio-Visual Archivist in implementing digital preservation policies for digital audiovisual collections.
• Master degree in library and information science, audio-visual archives, or a related field and at least 3 years intensive experience of work in archives, libraries.
• Knowledge of 20th century East-European history, or related field preferred.
• Several years’ experience supervising and managing projects on broadcast/ audiovisual collections
• Knowledge of archival arrangement and description practices, digital preservation good practices and metadata standards
• Knowledge of digital asset management systems, preservation repositories, digital libraries
• Ability to work independently and as a team member, exercise good judgment and initiative, and manage sensitive material in a confidential manner.
• Native Russian and excellent command of English
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, analytical and organizational skills, attention to detail, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
Commensurate with experience. However, we offer a competitive salary, as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. This is a full time position for a fixed term of 5 months.