Supreme Judicial Court Job Opportunity - Judicial Archivist

This position posted on August 6, 2018 and will remain open until filled, but consideration of candidates will begin as of September 14, 2018.

Supreme Judicial Court Mission Statement

To promote the rule of law and foster public trust by leading an independent judiciary that assures every person equal access to the fair, timely, and impartial resolution of disputes in courts managed with efficiency and professionalism.

Position Summary

The Judicial Archivist will work collaboratively with the staff of the Supreme Judicial Court's Division of Archives and Records Preservation ("SJC Archives") and the staff of the Massachusetts State Archives, ("State Archives") to organize, process, preserve, and facilitate access to judicial records.

This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U. Local 6 Professional.

Major Duties (include but not limited to)

The Judicial Archivist will provide support and assistance to the staff of the State Archives in all activities pertaining to judicial records.

Working in consultation with the staff of the SJC Archives and the Supreme Judicial Court Archives and Records Advisory Committee (ARAC), the Judicial Archivist will assist in implementing a system-wide inventory of judicial records; assist in maintaining the Versatile  software application or its successor to maintain a record of the location of judicial records; organize and rehouse existing collections and additional judicial records scheduled to be transferred to the Massachusetts Archives; research the historical/legal context of collections; and produce catalog records and finding aids using MARC format and a commercial archival collection management system.

The Judicial Archivist will provide reference and other assistance to researchers, court staff, the general public and others seeking judicial records.

The Judicial Archivist will provide support to the judicial records digitization project, as directed by the Director of the SJC Archives.

Supervision Received

Receives supervision from the Director of the SJC Archives and when on site at the State Archives, direction from the Director of the State Archives.

Position Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited archives or library/information science program and two to three years’ experience in the field of archives or records management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archives principles and practices of modern archives and records management applicable to large document collections, including accessioning, description, storage and access.
  • Experience with digital applications and born-digital records.
  • Familiarity with accepted conservation and preservation methods.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member, with strong attention to detail, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interest in legal or Massachusetts history, and willingness to learn about the Massachusetts court system and its records.
  • Ability to lift and carry a 40 pound box.

Preferred qualifications

  • Familiarity with Archival Collection Management Systems such as Re:Discovery Proficio or Versatile.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • Experience processing large collections.
  • Experience working with public records.

Residency

By statute, employees of the Massachusetts courts must be Massachusetts residents.

Salary Range

The salary range for this position, as of August 6, 2018, is grade 15, $55,740.91 (step 1) to $73,476.57 (step 8). New employees typically begin at or near step 1 and thereafter receive annual increases through step 8.

Application Requirements

Candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume and completed SJC Employment Application and Addendum to blanca.tosado@jud.state.ma.us.

This posting will remain open until filled, but consideration of candidates will begin as of September 14, 2018.

The Supreme Judicial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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