North Vancouver Museum & Archives
Apr. 23, 2018 (3:00 p.m.)
The North Vancouver Museum & Archives acts as the “sole custodian of the City and District cultural, archival and museum collections.” The Museum collects and preserves aspects of the material culture of North Vancouver and cares for approximately 20,000 historic artifacts of local and regional importance. The Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the documentary heritage of North Vancouver, including public records created by both municipalities, as well as thousands of private records, archival documents, and photographs that document the lives and experiences of residents, business, and community organizations.
The North Vancouver Museum & Archives is seeking an Archivist to join our collaborative staff team and participate in accomplishing NVMA’s mission to strengthen our community by creating opportunities for residents and visitors to explore the past, present and future of North Vancouver and its people. This is an exciting period for the North Vancouver Museum & Archives. We are a dynamic and growing organization, with an existing/established Archives building and a second, new Museum facility currently under construction (planned to open in 2020).
The Archives’ holdings include significant records for the Municipalities of the City and District of North Vancouver, as well as extensive business and community records.
We are seeking an imaginative, experienced individual who will report to the NVMA’s Director, work closely with the Assistant Director, the Curator and other staff, and supervise a Reference Historian and Archives Assistant (part-time). Individuals with a collegial approach to archival work, and an interest in community engagement are encouraged to apply. The incumbent’s duties include responsibility for the full range of archival activities, as well as collaboration with the staff team to develop innovative visitor-focused exhibits and programs.
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week (Tuesday to Saturday); occasional evening work may be requested.
Start Date: late June / early July 2018
Summary of Duties
• Develop, revise, and maintain policies governing the operation of the Archives, and the proper care and administration of its holdings;
• Acquire, appraise, arrange, and describe archival records in all formats following accepted professional standards and practices, and in keeping with the NVMA’s mandate.
• Provide for the preventative conservation and physical care of holdings.
• Work with IT staff, and software provider, to maintain and develop a user-friendly online database to promote access to archival holdings.
• Work with the Reference Historian to provide reference and research services to the public;
• Provide research assistance to other departments of the NVMA;
• Promote the public profile of the Archives, and use of its holdings, by contributing articles to NVMA’s newsletter and website, and responding to requests for talks, tours, and programs.
• Work with other staff to conceptualize, plan and implement exhibits and programs;
• Liaise with Records Management staffs of the City and District of North Vancouver to effect transfers of municipal records to the Archives.
• Cultivate relationships with community organizations and individuals to encourage donations to the Archives, and develop a network of Archives supporters.
• Monitor the Archives facility and liaise with the Administrative Services Coordinator.
• Attend to administrative tasks including writing reports, assisting with budget preparation, and grant opportunities.
• Supervise two staff, volunteers, and practicum students.
• Graduate degree in Archival Studies, and other degree or course work in a related discipline such as History.
• Relevant experience in professional archival work.
• Personal characteristics include creativity, flexibility, team work, organizational and analytical skills, and excellent verbal and written communications.
• Self-sufficient in office administration tasks, including record-keeping, preparing presentations and working with the MS-Office suite of applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Experience using collection management databases. (NVMA uses Gencat - Lucidea collections software.)
• Valid clean British Columbia drivers licence required, and a criminal record check.
• Applicant must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
Desirable Experience, Qualifications and Skills
• Knowledge of North Vancouver and regional local history is desirable.
• A self-starter who enjoys collaborating on projects, and working with volunteers, interns and staff.
• Experience with museum and archives collaborations and developing content for exhibits.
• Strong knowledge of issues of digitization and digital storage in archives, as well as training and/or experience with database development.
How to Apply:
Please apply to:
Laurel Lawry, Administrative Services Coordinator
North Vancouver Museum & Archives
3203 Institute Road
North Vancouver, BC V7K 3E5
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 604.987.5688.
Please state your full name and the word “Archivist” in the subject line.
The North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest in the position. All applications received prior to deadline will be reviewed, but only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
$34.37 per hour (PG23-1) plus an attractive package of benefits after qualifying periods have been met.
Contact Name: Laurel Lawry
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 604-990-3700