Archivist

Job No: SN200937
Location: North Vancouver

PERMANENT FULL-TIME POSITION IN NORTH VANCOUVER

Due to COVID 19, the start date for the position will be determined thru Provincial Health Guidance.

CLOSES:  December 4,2020

  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government

ABOUT THE SQUAMISH NATION

Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

The goal of the Archivist is to provide care and management of the Squamish Nation Archives. The Incumbent will be responsible for assembling, cataloguing, preserving and managing the valuable and historical collections of the Squamish Nation. The Archivist will specialize in the care and provision of certain types of information, such as maps, audio recordings, photographs, videos or parchment, or in information relating to a specific subject or area of interest to the Squamish Nation.

The Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh Language and Cultural Affairs Department is working towards the preservation of Squamish history, and the Archives is an important aspect of this work. The Archivist will play an integral role in maintaining and preserving access to Squamish history for future generations.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates, selects, retrieves and arranges materials.
  • Answers inquiries for Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh Language, Culture & Archives.
  • Organizes public events such as talks and exhibitions.
  • Identifies and applies for grants for funding.
  • Negotiates the acquisition of new collections and assisting with the repatriation of Squamish artifacts.
  • Responsible for Archives budget.
  • Authenticates and appraises historical documents and archival materials.
  • Creates and maintains accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electric information storage technology.
  • Organizes archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
  • Prepares archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
  • Preserves records, documents, and objects, copying records to film, videotape, audiotape, disk, or computer formats as necessary.
  • Researches and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
  • Selects and edits documents for publication and display, applying knowledge of subject, literary expression, and presentation techniques.
  • Coordinates educational and outreach programs, such as tours, workshops, lectures, and classes.
  • Able to work with sensitive Squamish cultural and spiritual materials.
  • Contributes cooperatively to the Squamish Nation Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh Language and Cultural Affairs team to achieve position and department goals..

Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Diploma or Certificate in First Nations Studies, Anthropology/Archaeology, Business, Archival studies, Squamish Language Proficiency or a relevant/ related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • 2 - 3 years (Diploma) or 3 – 4 years (Certificate) of directly-related experience in the majority of duties in the job description including, event coordination, liaising with cultural practitioners; and other external and internal contacts, acting as main resource on cultural knowledge and learning, and planning and evaluating programs, activities and events, and practices and protocols.
  • May be willing to consider incumbent who has demonstrated cultural knowledge/practice and has completed training courses related to job duties or must be willing to complete within set timeframe.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to Squamish Language, culture, history, cultural programming, evaluating programs, etc.
  • Knowledge of and practical experience in creating descriptions using archival descriptive standards.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of archival science, records and information management, and access to information and protection of privacy activities.
  • Successful track record of planning, delivering and evaluating an integrated program of records centric initiatives and services for an organization.
  • Proven experience developing and fostering relationships with internal and external stakeholders to advance the vision and goals of a department and/or organization.
  • Strong knowledge of Squamish Nation culture, traditions and heritage is preferred.
  • Experience as an intermediate level user MS Office, the Internet, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Experience working in a First Nations Community environment is prefer.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check with vulnerable sector search as per Squamish Nation Policy..

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Wage: $ 65,570 - $ 71,355 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 

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