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Digital Initiatives Archivist, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester)

Digital Initiatives Archivist

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Head of Archives and Distinctive Collections, the Digital Initiatives Archivist is responsible for the management of born-digital assets and digitized materials of the Archives & Distinctive Collections department. This includes planning, policy and workflows development, managing platforms and tools, accessioning, processing, description, creating metadata, preservation and participating with related outreach activities. Additionally, the Digital Initiatives Archivist collaborates with archives and library staff in supporting and assisting nontraditional, digital and emerging scholarship (DES) efforts of faculty and students focusing on projects utilizing the department's digital collections. She/he will work closely with Archives staff in developing and managing digitization projects that make content available for use in digital scholarship projects. She/he also will assist faculty to develop and manage their DES projects, providing consultation and guidance on operational, workflow, processing, and technical needs as well as dissemination and preservation of the scholarship.

Major Areas of Responsibility

• Play an integral role in the implementation and development of Preservica and ArchivesSpace. Collaborate with the department head in managing these platforms and the Reclaim Hosting subscription.
• Develop, document, and implement procedures for accessioning, arranging, describing, providing access to and preservation of born-digital and digitized materials according to professional standards.
• Maintain, improve and carry out or train and support other department staff to carry out workflows and activities for accessioning, processing, describing, and preserving digital materials. Train and oversee students assigned to workflows associated with digital collections and projects.
• Work with department staff, college community and other donors in facilitating the transfer of born-digital materials to the Archives.
• Oversee in-house and outsourced digitization projects. Evaluate the feasibility of proposed projects and initiatives; ensure work plans with milestones and assessment plans are developed as part of any new initiatives.
• Coordinate the development of digital exhibits showcasing archival materials.
• Collaborate with department staff in maintaining the department's web pages.
• Monitor developments in digital collections, digitization, digital preservation, access, and related initiatives and communicate their implications to archives and library stakeholders.
• Advise on local best practices and policy issues raised by digital collections such as copyright policy, fair use, digital preservation, and related matters.
• Collaborate with libraries staff and colleagues in other campus departments in supporting digital scholarship initiatives of faculty and students.
• Provide project consultation, guidance, workflow, and management support and advice.
• Contribute to departmental reference, instruction and outreach activities such as in-class instruction, physical exhibits, presentations and social media.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants believing they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.


• An ALA accredited MLS, MA in Archival Science or equivalent.
• Strong knowledge of current digital archives, digital preservation, digital scholarship procedures, standards, technologies and tools.
• Demonstrated experience with platforms for the discovery, management, and preservation of archives and digital collections, such as Preservica and ArchivesSpace.
• Experience planning, managing, and delivering large and complex digital projects in an academic setting. Knowledge of digitization best practices.
• Experience transferring content from legacy media such as hard drives, flash drives, and floppy disks.
• Experience accessioning or processing born-digital and digitized archival material.
• Knowledge of a wide range of computer storage media, file systems, software, and file formats.
• Working knowledge of programming/scripting languages and experience with APIs is preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to build and engage an active intellectual community, including working collaboratively and building partnerships across disciplines and with people at all levels.
• Strong knowledge of content standards, metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and preservation standards including but not limited to DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, and PREMIS.
• Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies, acquire new skills and solve problems.
• Ability to establish priorities and work independently, creatively or collectively as a team in a rapidly changing, complex environment.
• Ability to protect the confidentiality of materials in the collection.

Additional Information:

This is a full time, exempt level position.

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

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Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work might support the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please provide examples of any past work that illuminate your commitments in these areas. For more information, please visit

Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.

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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (

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Salary Range

$13.51 - $50.50  / hour

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2021-09-28 |  Quick link to this job