CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Archivists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Archivists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials. Create and maintain accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electric information storage technology.
 
Organize archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
 
Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials.
 
Provide reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
 
Direct activities of workers who assist in arranging, cataloguing, exhibiting, and maintaining collections of valuable materials.
 
Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
 
Preserve records, documents, and objects, copying records to film, videotape, audiotape, disk, or computer formats as necessary.
 
Establish and administer policy guidelines concerning public access and use of materials.
 
Locate new materials and direct their acquisition and display.
 
Research and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
 
Specialize in an area of history or technology, researching topics or items relevant to collections to determine what should be retained or acquired.
 
Coordinate educational and public outreach programs, such as tours, workshops, lectures, and classes.
 
Select and edit documents for publication and display, applying knowledge of subject, literary expression, and presentation techniques.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Archivists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Archivists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Archivists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Archivists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Archivists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Archival Records Clerk
Archives Director
Archivist
Collections Director
Collections Manager
Curator
Curatorial Specialist
Digital Archivist
Docent
Docent Coordinator
Film Archivist
Historical Manuscripts Curator
Historical Records Administrator
Image Archivist
Librarian
Manuscripts Curator
Museum Archivist
Museum Registrar
Outreach Coordinator
Photographs Curator
Processing Archivist
Records Manager
Reference Archivist
Registrar
State Archivist
University Archivist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Archivists
 
 
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