Project Archivist – UR Race & Racism Project – Richmond, VA

Project Archivist – 502041


The Project Archivist will work closely with faculty, students, and staff across the University to create, curate, and edit a digital public archive for the Race and Racism at the University of Richmond Project. The project is an interdisciplinary effort to document, interrogate, and catalyze community discussions on the history of race and racism at the University. The Project Archivist will conduct research, primarily in the University’s archival holdings, to identify materials relevant to this project; coordinate and assist with the research of students and faculty conducted during the academic year and in summer research fellowships; and curate and edit the public digital archive. This work requires collaboration with faculty, students, and staff on developing the project’s collection as well as exhibits and essays that interpret texts from the archive. The Project Archivist will also help plan and coordinate public events related to this initiative.

Professional librarians hold faculty status. Faculty status allows both voice and vote in University faculty meetings, eligibility to serve on faculty committees, to serve as a student advisor, and to participate in the Program for Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness (PETE); and it acknowledges that those individuals play an active role in the intellectual activities of the University. Faculty status does not carry with it eligibility for tenure or sabbatical, nor does it automatically carry with it faculty rank (Professor, Associate, Assistant Professor, or Instructor), since faculty rank is in a specific academic department, nor does it carry eligibility for other benefits normally assigned to full-time teaching faculty.

This full-time position is classified as limited term and will not exceed two years.​


Archival Research and Processing: (30%)

  • Conduct archival research to help identify relevant materials.
  • Apply knowledge of best practices and standards to maintain an accurate and complete collection description and inventory in the collections management system as necessary.
  • Collaborate with colleagues working in areas of collection development, archival and manuscript processing, and digitization.
  • Conduct environmental scans of all campus departments in order to identify current and emerging scholarly projects, areas of inquiry, and pedagogical trends related to this project.

Digital Library Project Planning & Implementation: (30%)

  • Collaborate with university librarians to direct, plan, implement and sustain a digital archive.
  • Collaborate in the planning and implementation of metadata guidelines for the project, and in establishing workflows for metadata creation in standards such as TEI, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, etc.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in designing user interfaces to retrieve and manipulate digital resources in the online archive.

Collaboration with Faculty and Students: (20%)

  • Support faculty teaching thematic courses related to the project, particularly those that use and build upon the online archive by providing instruction in metadata creation, archival standards, etc.
  • Co-supervise with faculty summer research fellowships related to the project.
General Project Advancement: (20%)
  • Serve as a member of the project advisory committee.
  • Contribute to the planning of community engagement efforts (e.g., brown bag lunch presentations, symposia, exhibits).
  • Coordinate with community partners to integrate and promote the archive (e.g., area museums, cultural heritage organizations, libraries, other universities).
  • Contribute to outreach and publicity efforts.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skills in archival processing.
  • Demonstrated evidence of responsibility in successful collaborations, including entities within the organization (e.g., library) as well as beyond it (e.g., with other units on campus or with other institutions).
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Experience teaching and instruction, particularly at the undergraduate level preferred.
  • Experience with or demonstrated knowledge in Dublin Core and/or other metadata standards.
  • Experience initiating new ways to engage students and the community with primary source material.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, about complex, technical processes to non-technical personnel.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work under time constraints and to meet regularly recurring deadlines on multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Evidence of strong analytical problem solving skills, attention to detail, and results-oriented approaches to complex problems.
  • Ability to work and learn independently and to initiate necessary work procedures according to guidelines set by the supervisor.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, librarians, archivists and others in order to advance digital humanities research.


  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution or a graduate degree in an academic discipline with advanced training in archives administration or manuscripts.
  • Experience working on projects related to race, racism, and/or racial justice preferred.


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • This position is classified as limited term and will not exceed two years.

Pay Grade 6
To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond’s Compensation Structure.

Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE 

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