The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) seeks a motivated, energetic Records Management Archivist for the department’s records management and outreach program.
Reporting to the head of the Records Management/Appraisal Section, the archivist will provide support to state and local government agencies, as well as local historical societies and repositories throughout the state.
The Records Management Archivist will be responsible for assisting both state and local government agencies with managing their records; contributing to the development of records retention requirements for state and local records; actively working to acquire historic state records in all formats for preservation in the ADAH; and promoting the ADAH and its programs through presentations, tours, site visits, and outreach activities for constituent groups.
Appraisal/Records Management Duties:
Assist state and local government officials with identifying the legal, fiscal, administrative, and historical value of records and submit retention recommendations to the State and Local Government Records Commissions.
Develop and provide training for state and local agency staff in the proper management of records.
Provide records-keeping support to state and local officials as well as keepers of historical records at local repositories.
Acquire state agency historical records for preservation at the ADAH.
Work with local government officials to preserve records in local communities.
Assist with developing and/or revising policies, rules, and guidelines concerning the management of records, in all formats, based on national and international best practices.
Become familiar with current Alabama, other state, and national laws with regards to record keeping.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work well with all stakeholders.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both in writing and verbally, with the public, supervisors, colleagues, and state agency records staff.
Ability to work independently and in team settings.
Knowledge of archival and records management standards, methods, theory, and practice, particularly the appraisal, acquisition, and disposition of records.
Knowledge of electronic records concepts and processes involving records retention, transfer, data migration, preservation, and access.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret industry periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations to keep up-to-date with new best practices and techniques.
Evidence of commitment to the archival profession by memberships and participation in professional associations.
Ability to lift and carry heavy boxes weighing on average 30-40 pounds.
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in history, political science, government or a related field plus two graduate level courses in archival administration or one year’s professional experience in archival or records management work.
A current driver’s license.
Submit a State of Alabama Job Application form to Alabama State Personnel:
Writing Sample (demonstrates skill in communicating work activities)
Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017
Candidates will be selected for interview based on the information submitted and standing on the state register, with an anticipated hiring date in the summer of 2017.
You must be on the state register to be offered employment as an archivist at ADAH so please submit your application to State Personnel by the deadline.
While this position is the only one currently approved for appointment, the state accepts applications to the archivist classification on a continuous basis and we anticipate an additional hire in fall 2017. If you are interested in any archival position with the State of Alabama,we encourage you to submit an application to the Alabama State Personnel Department by June 30.
Founded in 1901, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is a multi-faceted state history agency. It serves as the official state archives of Alabama, the state’s historical museum, a special collections library, a center for state history education, and the records management agency for state and local governments. The Department also offers professional support services for local h...istory-related organizations across Alabama and directly provides a wide variety of educational, research, and public programs. Now in its second century of service, the ADAH is mindful of its obligation to preserve the records of its past and to serve the information needs of future generations of researchers.