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Chicago Community Trust Seeks a Digital Archivist

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The Chicago Community Trust (C.C.T.) seeks a Digital Archivist. This is a job in the Executive Department of the C.C.T. The Digital Archivist, who reports to the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, manages and coordinates the digital formatting operations of the Trust Archives in support of the Centennial Plan.

Working in cooperation with the Trust Archivist, he or she selects and prepares material for conversion to digital formats, including paper documents and records, print and digital photographs and slides, audio and video tapes, books and reports, ephemera and additional material as may be collected; contributes to the development of policies, guidelines and best practices for the Trust Archives and information services; maintains documentation, digitization best practices and digital preservation policies; investigates and recommends, in concert with the Information Technology Department, hardware, software and practices to capture, manipulate and preserve archival data; prepares and implements finding aids for the collection and trains staff in their use; monitors, maintains and develops the digital collection; evaluates requirements of digitization projects and makes recommendations for appropriate methods of capture; actively works to collect and preserve significant C.C.T. material that may be located offsite; works with vendors, in concert with the Information Technology Department, to establish digital project requirements and ensure quality of digital output; supports the Oral History Project, Trust Stories and other work where C.C.T. history is vital using digital assets; responds to information requests from C.C.T. donors, grant recipients, staff, volunteers and other customers; works with the Centennial Team to support the 100th Anniversary events and programs through use of the Trust Digital Archive; provides additional support to the Centennial as requested; represents the Trust Digital Archives to C.C.T. staff and to professional organizations in philanthropy and in the archival profession; contributes to the C.C.T. Web site re-design through integrating the Trust Digital Archives within the C.C.T.’s public face; and performs other related duties as assigned.

The Digital Archivist must have a graduate degree from an American Library Association-accredited program; three-to-five years of experience in digital collections in an academic library or special library; familiarity with electronic document management systems; familiarity with digital asset management systems; familiarity with MARC and non-MARC metadata standards (e.g. Dublin Core, EAD); experience with knowledge management systems and relational database creation and management; Trust uses Windows OS system; basic knowledge of copyright and rights management in relation to digital imaging; excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills and interpersonal skills; and a willingness to work in a fast-paced and ever changing environment while managing projects from start to finish.

Many non-profit organizations in this region are funded, in part, through grants from The Chicago Community Trust. For ninety-eight years, it has connected the donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago.

In 2012, the C.C.T., together with its donors, granted more than $150,000,000 to non-profits. The C.C.T. explains that year it was concerned with “developing new audiences to sustain Chicago's vibrant arts organizations, protecting the human services safety net for those hardest hit by the recession, stemming the devastating effects of foreclosures on our communities, elevating teaching to meet world class standards, and improving conditions for healthy and active lifestyles.”

Interested individuals should e-mail a resume and cover letter to resume [at] cct.org with “Digital Archivist” should be in the subject heading. The deadline is Thursday, March 27, 2014.

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