Archivist (Media) – National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The purpose of this position is to perform essential professional archival work in support of the Gallery Archives. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the GA program in managing physical (analog) and digital time-based media objects, consisting of a large collection of institutional, (non-art) audio and moving image materials.

The incumbent:

  • Conducts a detailed, comprehensive survey of Gallery physical (analog) time-based media, as well as digital media files, including titles and subjects.
  • Advises Chief Archivist on the development of policies and guidance for retention of Gallery analog and digital audiovisual resources and provides audiovisual assessment expertise to the Gallery community.
  • Provides guidance to Chief Archivist on creating and implementing long-term audiovisual preservation and access strategies for Gallery time-based media assets.
  • Manages Gallery Archives audiovisual assets by developing and implementing standards for the following activities – preservation and storage, metadata and work flows for A/V materials, access and conversion or digitization work of media that is necessary for preservation and access.
  • Serves as liaison with Gallery offices creating or managing time-based media, and performs all steps for receiving and preserving them in Gallery Archives.
  • Appraises A/V media records for permanent evidential or informational values.

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See “Other Information” section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • All required documents must be submitted by 11:59PM EST on closing date.


Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.

Physical requirements:  Work is primarily sedentary; however, frequent walking is required to go to the other offices in/around the Gallery complex. Must be able to life the boxes weighing up to 40 pounds and walk up/down ladders.

Basic Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in archival science or bachelor’s degree with a major that includes 18 semester hours in archival science, history and/or in political science or government, and 12 semester hours in one or any combination of the following: archival science, history, American civilization, economics, political science, public administration, or government.


  2. Combination of education and experience – at least 30 semester hours that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Details and Application

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