The University of the Fraser Valley’s South Asian Studies Institute (the Institute) invites applications from qualified Digital Asset Archivists who wish to be considered for the position of Digital Asset Archivist for the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project (SACLP) for a two-year term. Terms of the position are subject to government funding guidelines.
The Digital Asset Archivist is anchored within an interdisciplinary SACLP strategy to archive the history of the South Asian Canadian community in BC. The digital strategy will mobilize community stakeholders, government agencies, the history and heritage sectors, the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sectors, civic centers, and businesses in BC to capitalize on inter-connected networks. The Archivist will work with research staff and program partners internally at UFV and externally across BC. The Archivist will conduct archival research, create content and design a digital archive that responds to the collections on South Asian Canadian history, existing archives, exhibits and artefacts in BC and Canada.
Under the direction of the Director of the South Asian Studies Institute at UFV and a project committee, the Archivist will develop and implement a South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA) that has strong relevance to the community at large, community stakeholders and researchers. SACDA is a multi-faceted diverse Canadian history/heritage/culture digital archive.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Creating and implementing a virtual digital archive with support from relevant project committees and by engaging with stakeholders
Developing and maintaining clear communications and collaborative relationships with other project staff, students and volunteers, and with external partner organizations and advisors.
Developing and designing a secure virtual digital open archive
Managing the project’s content management system and portal
Researching archival research and creating content
Implementing online archive elements: design, cataloguing, digitizing, preparing collections, datasets
Building the archive with built-in digital preservation
Developing collaborative projects with Program staff
Supporting relevant project committees
Engaging with relevant Program stakeholders
Developing and maintaining clear communications with Program staff
Supervising research students
Managing external partner organizations and advisors
Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Library and Information Studies or a relevant discipline
A minimum of three years of related experience in archival project design
Knowledge of a digital asset management system, digitization of collections and archival images and data, editing, and design.
Experience in assessing the development of an archive for effectiveness, logic, completeness, focus, clarity, longevity, relevance from conception to implementation.
Proven ability to think creatively
Superior graphic design skills and have the ability to research appropriate archive platforms that provide access to people from a diversity of backgrounds.
Excellent interpersonal, written/oral communication skills in English with preferred knowledge of Hindi and Punjabi.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills: be self-directed, proactive, accountable, and discrete.
Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment, and work to deadlines, multiple demands, and priorities.
Preference will be given to candidates who are experienced with current graphic trends, art, typography, design, research and creativity.
The University of the Fraser Valley has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.
How to apply
Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, details of three (3) relevant/recent projects, a brief statement of their design strengths towards the proposed program of work in relation to the responsibilities of the Digital Asset Archivist. Please direct applications to email@example.com, referring to Posting #2020.125. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to provide three (3) reference letters and the contact information for these referees.
The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on June 8, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.