Position Opening - University Archivist

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University seeks applicants for the position of University Archivist. Reporting to the Reuther Library Director, the successful candidate will develop and maintain the collections of the University Archives and provide leadership and vision in archival administration and the use of university records.

The Wayne State University Archives was established by the Board of Governors in 1958 in recognition of the importance and permanent value of the University's official files, records, and documents. Collections of note include student newspapers The South End and Collegian, the WSU Center for Urban Studies Council on Early Childhood Records, and the Folklore Archives. The University Archives is located in and is an integral part of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. Reuther Library is the largest labor archives in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor related organizations, as well as those documenting the political and community life of urban and metropolitan Detroit, the civil rights movement in Michigan and nationally, and women's struggles in the workplace.

The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Archivist I or II with a salary range from $52,000 - $63,000 based on qualifications and experience. The University Archivist position is a full-time, regular, 12-month, benefits-eligible appointment as Academic Staff, and an AAUP-AFT represented position on Employment Security System (ESS) track with eligibility for promotion. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, employee/dependent life and long-term disability insurance, retirement savings plans, tuition assistance, and generous paid time off.

Functions include:

  • Identify, select, and acquire WSU archival collections, faculty papers, and institutional records, in digital and physical formats

  • Arrange and describe University collections using ArchivesSpace

  • Proactively collaborate with University units to advance the management of university records, and advise on records scheduling and preservation

  • Supervise student and intern work in support of University Archives projects

  • Provide reference services and serve as primary contact for inquiries regarding University history

  • Collaborate with Reuther archivists, including field, reference, and outreach archivists to coordinate promotion and access of University collections, and develop resources to support research

  • Collaborate with technical services and digital archivists to develop strategic approaches to description, metadata, and born-digital collections

  • Work with Director, Field Archivist, and WSU Development officers in grant seeking and to determine priorities for donor relations, collecting, and processing


  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in library/information science, archival administration, or a related field;

  • Two years of experience with archives or special collections

  • Formal coursework or training in archival management and theory

  • Demonstrated experience collecting and processing physical and born-digital content

  • Demonstrated experience using archival collection management software such as ArchivesSpace

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage projects and initiatives and set priorities

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing professional knowledge through formal training, continuing education, or professional certification

  • Ability and motivation to meet expectations for promotion and ESS as part of the Reuther Library academic staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience

  • Membership in the Academy of Certified Archivists and/or Institute for Certified Records Managers

Salary Range
$52,000 - $63,000 - Depending on education and experience

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