Position Announcement: Chief Archivist & Librarian, Glenstone Museum, Potomac MD

An Introduction to Glenstone Museum

Glenstone is an art museum located on more than 200 acres of rolling hills and unspoiled woodland in Potomac, Maryland. Conceived by founders Mitchell and Emily Rales on their deeply held belief that art is essential to life, it has become one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. In addition to the current museum, when its new museum building opens to the public in 2018, Glenstone is expected to become the largest private museum in America, welcoming an estimated 100,000 visitors every year free of charge. By thoughtfully integrating the power of art, the energy of architecture and the serenity of landscape, Glenstone is both a distinctive idea and a unique place.

Glenstone is proud to foster a professional environment in which people can do interesting, fulfilling and enjoyable work. Not only do its founders develop and oversee all acquisitions and exhibitions, but Emily Rales also serves as director of the Museum and curator of the collection. This provides all associates an unusually high degree of access and interaction with the spirit and vision of Glenstone. To work at Glenstone is to be a part of something bigger, something more meaningful, and something truly special. It is a chance to do a job to the highest standard, with the resources and support available of a founder-led and endowed organization. It is an invitation to be engaged, challenged and stimulated, to help fulfill a powerful mission, and to contribute to a noble purpose.

We are incredibly proud of what Glenstone offers to those who create, appreciate, study, and otherwise participate in the world of art; and we are equally proud of what Glenstone offers to those who choose to join us in doing so. As we prepare to open our new building in 2018, there is no better time to become a part of Glenstone.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Museum Director and Founder, and the Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief Archivist and Librarian will serve as part of a dynamic team in directing, managing and preserving Glenstone’s archival assets and growing library. The Chief Archivist and Librarian will work in collaboration with the entire Glenstone team to protect and ensure long-term access to the institutional records.

Desired Attributes & Characteristics

The ideal candidate will possess leadership skills, flexibility, and excellent communication skills, to develop institutional and departmental policies and standards, and be personally and professionally motivated by collaborating with Glenstone associates. Desired characteristics also include a strong work ethic, as well as an attention to detail, and focus on deadlines. In addition, we are looking for someone that can embrace Glenstone’s core value of “continuous improvement” through an interest in professional development to advance their knowledge and expertise to surpass our previous best efforts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Formulate and administer an institution-wide records management program to encompass both physical and digital records
  • Direct the establishment, implementation, and regular evaluation of policies regarding the accessioning, processing, and preservation of archival content in accordance with best professional practices
  • Create and implement policies, procedures, and workflows as they pertain to cataloging archival and library assets in collection management system, CollectiveAccess
  • Oversee the transfer of analogue and born-digital records into the Glenstone archives collections, including architectural records, construction records, oral histories in digital video and audio formats
  • Conduct outreach activities to Glenstone staff through orientations, trainings, and tours
  • Direct collection development activities for both Library and Archives
  • Oversee the department budget, and conduct monthly statistics, metrics and related reporting activities

Required Skills & Experience

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives and Records Management, digital curation, or related discipline
  • Strong interpersonal and proactive ability to advocate archival policies, ensure compliance with best practices, and liaise with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience writing, implementing, and assessing policies and workflows concerning the management of physical and digital collections
  • Familiarity with professional metadata schema and content standards concerning the management of archival collections and digital assets, such as DACS, Dublin Core, PBCore, VRA Core, EXIF, IPTC, XMP, and PREMIS

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of modern art and architecture and/or background in museum archives
  • Experience with CollectiveAccess, or similar collections management system, for the management of archival collections and digital assets
  • Experience processing and cataloging specialized formats, including architectural records, audiovisual tapes, and ephemera
  • Knowledge of professional video production and photography practices
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly Adobe Premiere, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Certified Archivist or DAS certified through SAA

Salary & Benefits

Associates are crucial to achieving Glenstone’s mission and we offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We also provide a total benefits package that helps you manage your health, protect your income, and prepare for your future. To promote collaboration and show appreciation to associates, Glenstone provides a weekly staff lunch, on-site health and wellness classes and volunteer opportunities.

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life, long-term and short-term disability and AD&D insurance, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA); a 401(k) retirement account with a matching contribution; an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); and tuition reimbursement.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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