Archivist -- Sul Ross State University -- Alpine, TX

Job Title: Archivist
Location: Alpine
Department: Archives of the Big Bend
Posting Date: 12/03/2021
Until Filled: Yes
Salary: $43,846


  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library or information science program with a concentration on archival studies or special collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current archival theory and accepted best practices.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas of special collections and archives: collection development, archives, user services, outreach programs, or donor development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong and effective written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently; evidence of ability to initiate and carry projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team environment.
  • Project management experience.
  • Must be creative, flexible, broadly focused, and adventurous to expand or shift responsibilities to meet evolving needs.
  • Outstanding ability to establish positive, enthusiastic, and productive collaborations working with a wide variety of constituencies and colleagues including the general public, researchers and writers, faculty, students, administrators, and national organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of commonly used research tools for contemporary archival and special collections research.
  • Experience with grant development.
  • Familiarity with digital scholarship programs and other archival repository platforms.
  • Capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a desire to work in and foster a collaborative, respectful culture.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history of the Big Bend/Trans Pecos region of Texas and corresponding area of Northern Mexico and the ability to speak and read Spanish.

Preferred Primary Responsibilities
The Archivist of the Archives of the Big Bend will transform and invigorate archival services at Sul Ross State University, including reimagining service provision and the building of successful relationships to ensure a robust program of reference services, processing, outreach, education, materials acquisition, access, and preservation. The Archivist will advocate in developing comprehensive strategies to serve users and to integrate the Archives of the Big Bend further into the mission of the University while addressing needed policy and procedure updates and a backlog of valuable holdings.

The collection area of the ABB includes the Trans-Pecos of Texas and corresponding border area of northern Mexico. The holdings include manuscripts; records of businesses, organizations, and individuals; photographs; maps; oral histories; newspapers; books; digital files; and the University Archives, including records created by departments, offices, programs, and committees, as well as the material of individual faculty, staff, students, student groups, and alumni. Under direction of the Director of the Library and Archives and in collaboration with the Division of Educational and Cultural Resources, this Archivist will provide day to day oversight of the general operations of the ABB, as well as for activities related to archival processing, research services, access services, facilities management, fundraising and development, and community outreach.


  • Develops, and implements procedures for the acquisition, processing, digitization, and preservation of archival materials, including an assessment of previously cataloged and backlogged holdings.
  • Assesses, develops, arranges, and describes archival collections in accordance with accepted standards and practices.
  • Creates finding aids using contemporary tools in accordance with national standards and insures the quality and utility of finding aids created by other staff.
  • Works cooperatively with appropriate staff to promote collections and develop instructional and outreach programs and activities to ensure ABB services are known and accessible to a culturally varied and largely regional population of donors and patrons.
  • Works cooperatively with appropriate staff to ensure coordination of collection development and to develop strategic approaches to description, metadata, and born digital collections.
  • Appraises potential collection additions and makes recommendations for acquisition of new collections and de-accessioning of existing collections.
  • Provides administrative support for archival reference and research inquiries.
  • Prepares statistical and other reports as needed or assigned.
  • Participates in budget planning and management of Archives accounts.
  • Provides guidance in identifying and soliciting funds, including grant proposal writing, as appropriate.
  • Participates in campus committees, contributes to the profession, and engages in professional development.
  • Performs other reasonable duties as required. Some night and weekend duty may be required.


  • Received: Reports to the Director of the Library and Research Technologies
  • Given: May supervise student assistants and volunteers whose duties are to collect, process, and make available the collections of the Archives

Position is Security Sensitive.

Other Information
Texas Law requires a 60 day waiting period before new state employees are eligible to enroll in health insurance.

It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

About SRSU
Sul Ross State University Alpine Campus is in the Scenic Davis Mountains of West Texas, is a member of the Texas State University System, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students of campus in Alpine, Texas. At an elevation of 4,480 feet, and on the periphery of the Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine enjoys mild winters and cool summers. Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Big Bend National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park are all within one to three hours driving distance from Alpine.

The SRSU campuses in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde comprise Rio Grande College. RGC offers upper-level courses leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as master’s degree programs and works closely with its partner institution, Southwest Texas Junior College, to provide a seamless transition to RGC for their students. All RGC students hold an Associate degree from an accredited institution or they have completed 42 semester credit hours of transferrable work.

More information is available regarding Sul Ross State University and position openings See our website.

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