Assistant Project Archivist, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Records, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford CA


(8 month Fixed-Term)

The Hoover Institution Archives is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic Assistant Project Archivist for the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Records (RFE/RL) Collection for a full-time 8 month fixed-term position. The Assistant Project Archivist is responsible for working independently and as an expert on a project team to appraise, organize, arrange, describe, and provide access to the Corporate Records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc., a news and information radio broadcasting service funded by the Congress of the United States. This archival collection is predominantly in English, but contains materials in a variety of languages. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Appraise, arrange, and describe large, complex, multi-lingual archival collection according to professional standards and current archival procedures using databases, spreadsheets, office software, collections management software, and other appropriate technologies.

Independently analyze problems and recommend solutions, displaying a high degree of judgment in applying archival principles and procedures to this complex and unique collection. 

Identify private or irrelevant materials within collections and follow established procedures to restrict access, destroy, or return to the donor as appropriate.

Provide reference assistance in person and remotely by phone, email, or social media. 

Assist with providing access to archival collections by expediting the retrieval of materials for researchers, reviewing materials for preservation concerns before serving materials to patrons, and carefully re-shelving materials in the proper place for the next retrieval.

Collect and maintain statistics, reports, and other metrics to improve processing, preservation, and reference functions. 



  • Bachelor's degree in any field

  • M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited library school, M.A. with an archival concentration or related subject specialty, or equivalent archival or library experience

  • Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages desired (especially German, Polish), but not required

  • Established understanding of principles of archival appraisal, arrangement and description

  • Demonstrated consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity

  • Strong project management skills with the ability to use considerable judgment and initiative; demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work independently and in a team

  • Experience applying professional standards such as DACS, Library of Congress subject headings, EAD, and MARC

  • Advanced subject knowledge of twentieth-century history and a comprehensive understanding of primary source research

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Technical proficiency with databases, spreadsheets, office software, and other applications

  • Ability to lift 40 pound boxes and push fully loaded book trucks

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