Slavic Archives Specialist

Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date : 
October 1, 2019

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for a Slavic Archives Specialist position. The initial contract is for a one year with the possibility of renewal.

The successful candidate will work together with the Acting Chief Archivist on managing, providing access to, developing and promoting Blinken OSA's Slavic language (primarily Russian, Polish and Czech/Slovak) archives and samizdat collections. The Specialist conducts research in these collections and uses them for educational purposes. The successful candidate will perform cataloging work, data normalization and physical and intellectual processing tasks on these collections, following Blinken OSA's Archival Management Workflow. The Specialist also assists in the overall mission and projects of the Archives.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director and Acting Chief Archivist to ensure the professional operation of and open and free public access to the Archives
  • Arrange, describe, preserve and manage daily use of Slavic archival and samizdat collections in accordance with current international standards and best practices
  • Assist the Acting Chief Archivist and senior archival staff in collection development and management, including planning, prioritizing and reviewing processing procedures
  • Prepare Slavic archival and samizdat collections for and participate in designing curated collections, digitization and digital humanities projects
  • Ensure the general and targeted promotion of processed Slavic archival and samizdat collections on Blinken OSA's online and social media platforms
  • Provide reference staff with collection-specific information
  • Develop a plan for using Blinken OSA's Slavic archival and samizdat collections in research and teaching
  • Participate in Blinken OSA's research projects and teaching activities, as well as in organizing/curating exhibitions, conferences and workshops
  • Liaise with Blinken OSA's domestic and international professional partners holding similar Slavic collections
  • Occasionally, supervise interns and other temporary staff working on collection-specific Blinken OSA projects
  • Any other duties as may be occasionally required

Qualifications, skills and experiences:

  • Master's degree, preferably in Humanities or Social Science with relevant experience in information management or Archival, Library or Information Science
  • Background or demonstrated interest in the recent history of and human rights in Central Eastern Europe and the former USSR
  • Basic familiarity with archival theory and practice, including processing archives collections using current international standards
  • Basic familiarity with data structure standards and technical requirements relevant to the physical and intellectual control of archival collections
  • Ability to think creatively and critically, take initiative, manage several tasks at once, solve problems and work both independently and collaboratively
  • Project management skills: the ability to plan a project and work with other colleagues to ensure the successful completion of the project
  • Oral and written communication skills: the ability to articulate professional archival issues to a variety of audiences and to produce quality written and oral reports and presentations
  • Computer skills: including basic experience with open source archival catalogs and integrated library systems, archival management software and digital repository systems
  • Interpersonal skills: the ability to collaborate effectively with CEU faculty, staff and students, as well as other constituencies of Blinken OSA
  • Language skills: English, Russian, Polish, and/or Czech/Slovak (knowledge of other East Slavic languages is an advantage)


  • Relevant professional experience in special collections or archives
  • Familiarity with tools and systems for digital preservation
  • Familiarity with legal and ethical issues affecting privacy in, restrictions on and access to records
  • Familiarity with and interest in information and data science relevant to cultural institutions having public access as their mission.


We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information of three references

Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2019/050

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty, from over 50 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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