Processing Archivist

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Job Description

Under the general Supervision of the Archivist, the Processing Archivist is responsible for the organization of the current college archives into a user-orientated facility. The Processing Archivist provides administrative support by scheduling students/patrons and assisting in the transfer of archival materials. Additionally the Processing Archivist will keep processing plans on track and ensure consistent output of newly accessible materials in a variety of formats.


  • Accession incoming donations or transfers in a variety of formats using Archivists’ Toolkit or other CMS
  • Hire, train, schedule, supervise, and develop projects for student assistants in conjunction with archivist
  • Appraise and weed accessions in a variety of formats
  • Arrange and describe archival collections in a variety of formats, including digital and audiovisual formats
  • Draft processing plans and manage their completion
  • Write and encode finding aids for archival materials in a variety of formats, including audiovisual and digital materials
  • Assist with scheduling patron appointments and transfer of materials to/from off-site storage
  • Contribute to special projects as assigned
  • Assist with patron requests and visits
Required Skills
  • Strong organizational skills & attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage, and complete complex projects
  • Flexibility & ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated user-oriented approach to service
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds, stoop and reach in a variety of physical locations
  • Potentially some evening hours
  • Proven ability to work & lead effectively in a highly diverse campus community
Required Experience
  • Masters in Information/Library Science or related degree from an accredited institution.
  • Working knowledge of relevant descriptive and encoding metadata standards: EAD, MARC, DACS, Dublin Core, MODS
  • Experience with and knowledge of Apple IOS, Google Applications, Archivists’ Toolkit (or other archives CMS), and basic office applications
  • Demonstrated experience in an academic archives / previous processing experience
  • Valid US driver’s license  



  • Undergraduate degree in music or relevant musical background
  • Formal archival education and/or demonstrated knowledge of best practices for audiovisual preservation and/or digital preservation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience with minimal processing (MPLP)
  • Experience working with born-digital materials



The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions. Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: 

  • Cover letter that addresses the applicant’s capabilities and experiences.
  • A resume or CV.

The full announcement and application link at:

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