The mission of the Archives, Library and Collections Program of Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is to collect and preserve materials that document the history, culture, heritage, and languages of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people and to make these materials available to the public for educational purposes. SHI collections constitute 3,100 linear feet of archival and historical manuscripts and papers, photographs, and audio and visual recordings, as well as a collection of 500 art and ethnographic objects and a library of 2,500 books (historical and contemporary). The archives include historical documents, manuscripts, and papers of individuals of importance to both the indigenous people of the region and in Alaska history, as well as over 60,000 digital and historic photographs. SHI currently houses more than 5,000 historical and contemporary audio and audiovisual recordings documenting the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian language, culture, and history. Most of these recordings are wholly unique and cannot be found in other libraries, archives, or repositories. These collections come to SHI through donation and purchase on a regular basis, and materials are continuously collected by SHI.
SHI serves the general and academic Native and non-Native community by making its extensive library, archival, and ethnographic collections available to the public for research and educational purposes; hosting public lectures; advising and assisting visiting scholars and researchers; publishing academic essays and books; and having SHI staff present papers at scholarly conferences. SHI has contributed significantly to the documentation of Tlingit oral traditions through major publications and enjoys an ongoing relationship with the University of Washington Press. SHI’s culture and history, language, education, and art programs rely heavily on its library and archival collections in the development of their activities and publications.
Spending Authority: As delegated
Other Authority: As delegated
This position’s duties are performed at the Walter Soboleff Building. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds.
POSITION TYPE AND EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK
This is a full-time benefited position working 37.5 hours a week. The standard operating
hours expected for the incumbent is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Occasional travel may be required for this position.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
CONDITIONS OF HIRE
SHI employment is “at will.” This means that the employee or SHI may terminate employment at any time and for any reason. Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position.