Assistant University Archivist for Outreach and Engagement, University Archives

Reporting to the University Archivist, the Assistant University Archivist for Outreach and Engagement plays a vital role in efforts to engage with the campus community around university history and records. The Archivist will work in close collaboration with the University Archivist and with colleagues in Wilson Special Collections Library. They will develop expertise in the history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and assist in developing new partnerships and collections, with a focus on records that document the student experience at the university. These complementary responsibilities are within the departmental mission to support education, research, and public service through stewardship of university records and open engagement with the evolving historical record of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Assistant University Archivist will participate in and often lead efforts to engage with students, faculty, alumni, and researchers on projects and programs related to the history of UNC-Chapel Hill. They will lead the development and maintenance of digital exhibits and guides, plan and oversee programs and events, and share campus history through blog posts and social media. They will prioritize outreach and programming that highlights student voices and focuses on traditionally underrepresented or misrepresented stories and communities.

The Assistant University Archivist will also play an important role in collection development, leading efforts to document student life at the university through partnerships with student organizations, training, and programming. They will work with current students and alumni in to build a more robust and inclusive record of student life in the University Archives and work with faculty to evaluate, appraise, and collect selected faculty papers. Much of this work will require close collaboration with colleagues throughout Wilson Library.

As charged by the “The University Libraries’ Role in Reckoning with Systemic Racism and Oppression,” the Wilson Special Collections Library team is undertaking initiatives to interrogate and repair the legacy systems that perpetuate oppressive structures and to create new systems that advance racial and social equity and justice in our spaces, collections, programs, and services. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate commitment to this work in their professional practice.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or advanced subject degree in a relevant field. Demonstrated ability to excel both independently and as a team member in a collaborative working environment. Strong project management skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills. Interest in learning and sharing the history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commitment to creating a more inclusive historical record and to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Preferred: Prior experience working in an academic research library, archival repository, museum, or public history setting. Demonstrated experience with outreach, community engagement, or customer service.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audiovisual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month EHRA Non-Faculty Professional Librarian position. The salary range for this Librarian position begins at $50,000.  The University Libraries intends to hire at a minimum of $55,000, with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or Optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by November 5, 2021.

To Apply

Please visit  and complete the online application. Please include a resume of relevant experience, a cover letter highlighting your interest in this position and Carolina’s libraries, and the names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.