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Senior Archivist, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives

Closes on Friday, March 08, 2019
Manitoba University
Winnipeg, MB
Full Time

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA LIBRARIES Senior Archivist, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives The University of Manitoba Libraries seeks an effective, highly-motivated person for the position of Senior Archivist, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives at a General/Assistant Librarian rank to begin May 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. This position normally has a two year probationary period and the salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Reporting to the Head, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives, the Senior Archivist, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives is responsible for implementing accession and preservation policies in addition to being the primary conduit for access to the collection by researchers, survivors and other users of the holdings. A more detailed position description is available at:


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: -A Master’s degree in archival studies or a Master’s degree in library and/or information studies from an ALA accredited institution; -Professional experience working in an archives; -Demonstrated experience and familiarity with Indigenous cultures, languages and histories; -Demonstrated expert level knowledge of the residential school history and legacy with specific knowledge of the records created by the residential school system; -Demonstrated experience working with digitized and born-digital content; -Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload in a timely and effective manner; -Excellent oral and written communication skills; -Demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal skills. Candidates with the following additional qualifications will be preferred: -Knowledge of TRC & NCTR document collection processes; -Knowledge of Indigenous knowledge models, including naming and organizational models and OCAP? principles; -Knowledge of the archival holdings of entities party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement; -Indigenous candidates or candidates with experience working with Indigenous peoples; -Working knowledge of written and spoken French.


The University of Manitoba Libraries ( consists of 11 unit libraries located on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. With collections of over 2 million volumes, an annual operating budget of 28 million and approximately 150 employees, the Libraries support, enhance and transform learning, teaching and research for a campus community of approximately 38,000 students, faculty and staff. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is dedicated to preserving the memory and records of the Residential School system and legacy. This significant digital archive consists of close to 7000 oral history interviews, over 5 million records in digital format and thousands of works of art and other artifacts gifted to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These records document traumatic childhood experiences.
Winnipeg ( is the vibrant, creative capital of Manitoba, right at the geographical centre of Canada and North America. A mid-sized city of 700,000 culturally diverse people, Winnipeg offers a community with a cosmopolitan, international flair as well as a warm, welcoming spirit. A variety of arts, culture, sports, recreation and entertainment is available to satisfy every taste; and within an easy drive of the city there are lakes, beaches and pristine wilderness areas. Librarians enjoy academic status and are appointed to one of four ranks: General, Assistant, Associate and Librarian, with possibility of promotion.


The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact U of M’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Valerie Williams at or 204-474-8371. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should submit their application referring to Position #26321 including a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of three references to the address below.
Lisa O’Hara Acting University Librarian The University of Manitoba Libraries
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 Email:
Review of applications will begin March 8, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).
Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process. At this time, do not click apply to submit your materials online.
Please send your materials to the department contact listed in the ad.

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