Job: Archivist/Digital Collections Specialist, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami

02 Jan 2018 11:00 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens seeks a creative and energetic professional to serve as its Archivist / Digital Collections Specialist at this pivotal moment in the estate’s history. Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark in Miami, Florida, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Vizcaya attracts nearly 300,000 visitors annually (including program participants and clients at evening events) and the coming years will see increasing emphasis on the rehabilitation, reinterpretation and incorporation of the Vizcaya Village to introduce new urban agriculture and open space initiatives there.

The Archivist / Digital Collections Specialist will be the primary person responsible for the physical and intellectual management of Vizcaya’s archival collections, which include 2,400 historic architectural drawings and blueprints; 3,000 historic photographs; and 30,000 pieces of historic correspondence, and manage the continuing digitization of these materials. The person will be in charge of museum records and institutional archives, and manage a retention schedule; develop, maintain and update policies for use and access; respond to research inquiries both from within the institution and outside stakeholders. The Archivist / Digital Collections Specialist will be closely involved in the administration of Vizcaya’s Collections Management System, and will closely collaborate on the development of tools and systems for virtual collections access. This includes the development and maintenance of a digital preservation plan, as well as leadership in assessing preservation and access needs for digital content. Through research and retrieval the person will support institutional initiatives and collaborate on the development of interpretive materials for web, print and small exhibits, and occasionally participate in public programming. The Archivist / Digital Collections Specialist will support capital projects, including the restoration of historic buildings in the Vizcaya Village, and in particular the move of the Vizcaya archives and related functions and activities to the historic Staff Residence.

The Archivist / Digital Collections Specialist works in a team consisting of the Curator (vacant), Assistant Curator, Assistant for Collections Management, Conservator, Collections Care Specialist and Collections Care Technician, and reports to the Deputy Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs. The Archivist / Digital Collections Specialist will supervise volunteers and/or interns.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a visionary and motivated team player to participate in the dynamic transformation of a cultural and educational treasure.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Library Science, Architecture, History, Art History or related field is required. Two years of professional experience in a museum, library or archive environment appraising, arranging and describing manuscripts and archival material are required. The position requires an individual able to lift up to 35 pounds and work on a ladder. Must possess or obtain a valid driver’s license.

Additional Preferred Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of current trends, tools, and protocols in digital archiving and preservation. Professional experience processing digital records as part of a digital archives program. Experience applying DACS and EAD and familiarity with Dublin Core and MARC. Working knowledge of archival descriptive standards, intellectual property rights and digital archival standards. Experience developing, managing and implementing an oral history program.

EOE: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

To Apply: please submit a cover letter and resume to by Monday January 22, 2017.

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