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 DIGITAL ARCHIVIST - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$57387 - 91811
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Multimedia
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2556820 / Latpro-3704098 
Date posted: Sep-06-2019
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$57,387.20 - $91,811.20 Annually


Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

Job Type



Department of Libraries

Job Number



9/26/2019 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County's Center for Local History is seeking a Digital Archivist to carry out a full range of archival functions on digitized, born-digital and physical archival materials according to archival standards and best practices. This position will provide expertise in establishing archival policies and procedures related to the curation of these materials.

Specific duties may include:

  • Coordinating and managing the accession of digitized, born-digital, and physical archival materials;
  • Making collection materials identifiable and available through a digital repository;
  • Managing relationships with regional and national databases/clearinghouses and coordinating data transfers;
  • Assisting researchers with inquiries related to the special and archival collections including staffing a public service desk;
  • Selecting and preparing digitized archival materials for online and physical exhibits and other marketing opportunities;
  • Coordinating development and maintenance activities for the digital repository;
  • Preparing grant proposals with significant digitization components; and
  • Coordinating the work of staff assistants, volunteers, and interns.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience in the following:

  • Current trends in the digitization of archival material for access and preservation;
  • Relevant standards for archival description including Dublin Core and EAD, and EAC-CPF, and familiarity with other metadata standards such as Dublin Core;
  • Use and administration of digital archival repository and collection management software; and 
  • Imaging applications, preferably Adobe Photoshop; and - Metadata creation and digitization best practices.

Selection Criteria

MINIMUM: Master's degree in library science, history, digital humanities, anthropology, museum studies or a related discipline, with formal training in archival theory and practice plus at least one year of professional experience in archives or special collections, and demonstrated experience with database systems used for archival work.


  • Familiarity with digital imaging and standards for digitization or archival material in various formats;
  • Awareness of new technology and trends and their application for imaging services;
  • Conversant with both analog and digital format in relation to audio and visual materials; and/or
  • Familiarity with intellectual property rights and Fair Use as applied to libraries.

Additional Information

Location and Work Hours: Center for Local History located at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. Full-time, 40 hours per week, includes some evening and weekend hours. ?

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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