ca. 1974 American Universities Field Staff Faces of Change film series : Bolivia Produced by Norman Miller and filmed by Hubert Smith and Neil Reichline Norman Miller Film Collection, National Anthropological Film Collection, Smithsonian Institution

Curator of Film & Media Archive


Curator of Film & Media Archive (full-time)


St. Louis, Missouri USA

Application Date

February 01, 2019

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Job Description

Position Summary:

The Curator oversees all activities related to collection development, reference/instruction, access/use, and outreach for the Film & Media Archive, which focuses on documentary films. The Curator works closely with library staff, faculty, and students to promote the accessibility and use of Special Collections materials for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. The Curator engages in collections activities that include contributing to the collection development policy; acquiring new collections, both purchased and donated; outsourcing appraisals and maintaining valuation records; and cultivating relationships with potential donors. The Curator ensures that these activities are done in compliance with institutional policies and procedures.
  2. The Curator manages access to the collection by providing in depth reference and instruction sessions. He/she gives presentations related to the collection as well as works with the curatorial team to evaluate and establish access and use policies, ensuring copyright provisions are upheld. The Curator determines collection priorities and works with Special Collections staff to develop plans for processing, cataloging, preserving, and digitizing collection materials, based on professional best practices.
  3. The Curator promotes the collection and engages the community-at-large through various outreach initiatives and activities including, but not limited to, the curation of physical and digital exhibitions, film screenings, speakers, panel discussions, and teacher workshops/seminars.
  4. The Curator seeks to raise accessibility to the collection and improve efficiencies by pursuing grant funding and strategic partnerships for the areas of activities described above.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • At least three to five years of experience working with an academic library or archive.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and knowledge of moving image and audio collections.
  • Experience navigating copyright, licensing, and intellectual property issues.
  • Knowledge of moving image and audio preservation needs and challenges.
  • Demonstrated experience working with analog & digital formats.

Ability to work in the following environment:

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Weeknight and weekends hours
  • Ability to travel to on- and off-campus locations
  • Occasional travel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing in-depth instruction and/or university-level teaching experience.
  • Experience with successful grant-writing and grant management.
  • Expertise in a subject area relevant to the collection, such as American Culture Studies, Film & Media Studies, American History, African-American Studies.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and analytic skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer service.
  • Prior experience working in an academic research library, ideally in academic archives.
  • Ability to identify moving image formats, techniques and materials preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut, or similar video editing application.

Department Summary:

The Washington University Libraries is comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses.  Reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian and in association with 3 campus partners, the libraries’ operate as a collaborative system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university.  The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 1.8 million e-books.  The libraries’ 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries’ commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present – and for years to come.

Job Type/Schedule:

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.


-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
-Other Benefits

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EOE Statement:

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.


To apply, please visit Job ID: 42321