Archival Assistant

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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The Archival Assistant is a part-time (20 hours per week) position that provides support to the staff of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center (LRC). Primary duties involve intake and processing of institutional archives and the LRC’s Archives of Women Artists.

This is a temporary, part-time position for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal.

  • Receiving and indexing new accessions of materials

  • Processing physical archival materials

  • Creating collection inventories

  • Monitoring, preserving, and protecting collections

  • Arrangement and rehousing of collection items in a variety of media

  • Description of records (including creation of finding aids and bibliographic records)

  • Assisting with the preservation of born-digital archives

  • Aiding researchers by locating and making archival materials available

  • Staffing the reference desk

  • Other duties as assigned


This position requires candidates enrolled in, or recent graduates of, an ALA-accredited library school or an accredited archives program, or have equivalent work experience in an archives setting. Familiarity with principles of archival and records management, knowledge of art history and/or museum studies is preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills/experience:

  • Excellent writing, communication, and comprehension skills

  • Demonstrated exceptional attention to detail

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software

  • Ability to research and identify artifacts

  • Ability to become knowledgeable about the history of NMWA, its exhibitions, and programming

  • Ability to show initiative in archival administration

  • Physical requirements: ability to lift heavy boxes and comfortable working on a ladder

How to Apply

Please submit applications by emailing cover letter and résumé to The National Museum of Women in the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum inspires dynamic exchanges about art and ideas; advocates for better representation of women artists; and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change.

Posted on June 25