Collections Archivist

  • Hope College
  • Holland, MI 49423
  • Jan 30, 2023
Full time Administrative Compliance Database Information Systems

Job Description

Collections Archivist – Hope College Library (11 month non-tenure track faculty position)
Hope College seeks a Collections Archivist who is passionate about the power of telling stories through institutional and historical records of the past. This position will work with the traditional processing of archival materials as well as exciting digital projects, and provide support for student and faculty research. This position reports to the Director of Special Collections.
Responsibilities include:

    1. Maintaining the collections of the Joint Archives of Holland – accessioning new archival materials, processing physical and digital collections, developing processing priorities, and facilitating a records management program
    2. Providing research services to students, faculty, staff, and community members
    3. Hiring, training, and supervising student assistants
    4. Coordinating digital projects with the library’s technical services and digital initiatives team.

The Archives are housed in the Theil Research Center on Hope College’s campus and at the Van Wylen Library. It serves as a regional center for local history research, specializing in Hope College, the history of the Dutch in America and the Holland, Michigan, area. The collections include works and writings from Hope College students and faculty, records from administrative offices, photographs, recordings, and videos documenting the history of the College from 1866 to present, and Reformed Church in America missionaries. ArchiveSpace was implemented in 2021 and many of the digitized materials are held in Digital Commons and in Artstor Public Collections, two online repositories.



    • ALA-accredited MILS/MLS with specialized archival training as a part of MILS degree or certificate program.
    • Experience in archives including some combination of experience and course work with archival processing, electronic records management, digitization and reference services.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills; demonstrated ability to work as a part of a team.
    • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.
    • An understanding of and commitment to the undergraduate liberal arts college, the Mission of Hope College, and the historic Christian faith.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer applications including digital audio and visual reproduction software tools and current archival software systems such as Archon, Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace.
  • Knowledge of records management and/or digital asset management

Application Instructions:

This position would begin July 1, 2023 Applications are accepted online at Candidates will be considered as long as all requirements are met by start date. Applicants should upload:

      • Cover letter of application addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Jenifer Holman
      • A CV
      • Unofficial transcripts
      • A statement responding to Hope College’s mission statement, addressing how candidate would support two core dimensions of the mission: (a) candidate’s engagement with Hope College’s Christian Aspirations, and (b) candidate’s interest in the global and multicultural dimension with particular attention to diversity and inclusion.
  1. In addition, please enter the contact information for three references on the application (including current email addresses). Those references will be contacted before on-campus interviews.

Review of applications will begin immediately upon application submission, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, the deadline to apply is Feb 13, 2023. Inquiries regarding this position or Hope College may be directed to Jenifer Holman at or 616-395-7790.


School-College Administration, Filing-Records Management


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