Jobs At CHM

Digital and AV Archivist


Classification: Temporary with Benefits / Duration of Assignment: 24 months

Location: Remote

Department: Collections and Exhibits

General Purpose of the Position

This position allows for fully remote work closely following a Pacific time zone schedule. The Archivist has responsibility for the Museum’s historic software, born digital collections, and AV collections (moving and still image, and audio). Tasks include arranging, describing, and making accessible new and legacy digitized AV, digital objects, and monitoring internal digital workflows. The Archivist will have primary responsibility for day to day management of the Museum’s Digital Repository. The successful applicant will understand a variety of technologies related to digital processing and preservation and will keep abreast of new technical information and developments relating to the life cycle of digital objects. 

The position will support the OpenCHM initiative and general collection operations. The Archivist will work closely and collaboratively with collections and curatorial staff in implementing CHM’s move to a new Collections Management System (CMS) and further enabling a new online collections access platform. The position requires an individual who is self-motivated and eager to learn and explore. The Archivist will understand the functions and technologies related to CMS’s for museum and archival collections, plus search and retrieval functions and will keep abreast of new technical information and developments relating to the collections management and DAM systems. 

OpenCHM is a strategic, long-term initiative to build a technology platform that allows us to “unlock” our world-class collection and share it more broadly – to reach millions around the globe with impact.  

2 year term position with possibility for renewal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day management of the Museum’s digital repository including ingest queues, troubleshooting, vendor relations and recommend upgrades and changes
  • Perform arrangement, description, preservation, and access for born-digital and digitized materials following archival practices
  • Responds to reference requests for historic software, AV, and born digital materials
  • Revises cataloging and reference guidelines, workflows, and procedures for digital collections
  • Aid in developing or revising and documenting workflows, procedures, controlled vocabularies, metadata standards, and reporting functions for new CMS and DAMS
  • Actively undertakes data migration and clean-up for new CMS
  • Works closely with Museum’s collections staff in selection and accessioning of incoming digital donations
  • Provides support to the Museum’s oral history program
  • Manage workflows in collaboration with the Museum’s media production unit in transferring productions to the Museum’s digital repository and cataloging these productions
  • Works collaboratively with museum professional staff on museum-wide acquisition procedures, metadata and descriptive standards, and long-term storage and stewardship of collections
  • Work with the Museum’s Software Curator in cataloging and transferring previously captured and reformatted historic software into the Museum’s collection as time permits
  • Create reports and other documentation concerning the Museum’s AV and digital object collections
  • Take an active role in the Museum’s social media and web publishing endeavors
  • Support Museum special events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Background, Experience, and Education

  • Masters in Library Science, Information Science, Museum Studies or equivalent experience
  • 1 year experience working in an archive, library, historical society, or museum
  • Expertise with museum and/or archival content management systems, relational databases and/or digital asset management systems
  • Knowledge of administrative, technical, structural, and descriptive metadata standards such as PREMIS, DACS, EAD, METS, Wikidata, and Dublin Core
  • Knowledge of BitCurator and Archivematica digital repository software
  • Willingness to embrace new technologies and processes for streamlining traditional archival and/or museum practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in digital archival processing and preservation standards
  • Familiarity with reading digital media
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities
  • Detail-oriented and ability to be flexible
  • Experience providing reference services
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications, Attributes and Skills 

  • A willingness to engage with technical knowledge and facility, especially working in command line interfaces, and the demonstrated ability to learn new technical skills through research and self-study. In particular Gitbhub, limited coding experience in Bash and Python
  • Knowledge of intellectual property issues
  • Knowledge of machine learning applications in libraries, archives, and museums

How to Apply

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references and email to

Annual Salary Range: $67,000-$70,000


We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success. CHM provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CHM will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


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