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Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

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Accessioning Archivist

John J. Burns Library seeks an experienced, professional archivist to fill the new position of Accessioning Archivist. Reporting to the Head of Archives, the Accessioning Archivist will oversee and shepherd materials through the special collections acquisition process.

This person will focus on documenting, stabilizing, and assessing unique archival acquisitions, improving workflows, and creating documentation. This work includes coordinating with internal and external stakeholders, particularly related to agreements, preservation, and shipping. The Accessioning Archivist will use the archives management system (e.g. ArchivesSpace). The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a team-based environment, an excellent communicator, strong in archival accessioning and assessment, and passionate about special collections.

Burns Library is known for its Irish and Irish American collections and those which reflect Boston College's Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Other areas of collection development include nursing, the Boston community, and University archives. BC Libraries anticipate and adapt to change, communicate and collaborate, and innovate while maintaining a strong appreciation for the Boston College tradition. The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of a working style that combines initiative, collaboration, and leadership, and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $56.760 to $70,900; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent required. Concentration, coursework, or experience pertaining to archival and library preservation and conservation practices preferred. Minimum of two years professional archival experience, including processing, accessioning, assessment, and/or teaching and reference with a variety of record types.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at