Performance of Abel Gance’s 1927 masterpiece Napoleon, September 24, 2007 at the Coliseum in Rome with the Triptych being shown on an 8.5 x 33 meter screen. The screen was built next to the Arch of Constantine on the Plazza del Colloseo, with the seating area and projection room in the Via de San Gregorio. Napoleon image copyright; Zoetrope Corporation and The Film Preserve, Ltd, with permission Courtesy: Boston Light & Sound, Inc.

Lead Archivist


Lead Archivist (full-time)


Washington, DC USA

Application Date

January 07, 2019

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Position: Lead Archivist
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


The Lead Archivist is responsible for establishing and implementing a robust, enduring archives program, including systems and processes, within the Kennedy Center. Working closely with the archiving team, Public Relations, Information Technology, Theater Managers, and other internal and external stakeholders, the Lead Archivist ensures that the growth, accessibility, and stewardship of the Kennedy Center Archives serves the organization’s mission as an integral part of this premiere performing arts organization and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

The Lead Archivist reports to the Vice President of Public Relations and

  • oversees accessioning, processing and cataloging of archival materials
  • engages in long-range planning activities such as developing a mission statement, collection development policy, access services, and operational procedures
  • develops strong relations internally across the Center and with external stakeholders
  • collaborates with the Center’s artistic constituents (National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera)
  • hires an Assistant Archivist, develops and supervises an Archives team
  • maintains and implements the Center’s retention schedule
  • develops creative outreach initiatives for the Archives
  • identifies collection material most essential for telling the story of the Center on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (2021-2022 season)
  • manages departmental budget and works with Development staff to cultivate funding sources
  • responds to archival inquiries from Kennedy Center staff and external stakeholders
  • collaborates with IT to develop and maintain the Kennedy Center Digital Archive


  • 7-10 years of experience in professional level archives work
  • 4+ years of supervisory experience
  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Knowledge of archival and information science technologies
  • Demonstrated experience with databases, content management systems, digital asset management systems, film/video elements, and digital formats
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups

Useful Experience:

  • Experience working in a performing arts environment and/or experience organizational archive
  • Experience in budget administration
  • Experience in exhibit planning and installation
  • Knowledge of trends, techniques, and methods in digital humanities
  • Familiarity with best practices in archival facilities planning

To Apply: View complete position description and submit application through the Kennedy Center site: