Lambda Archives of San Diego (LASD) holds a wealth of historical and contemporary images documenting the LGBTQ+ community in San Diego. Presently, approximately 12,000 images from photographs, negatives and slides are digitized to varying levels of quality. Several important collections, including the Denise Lise collection, Christine Kehoe collection and West Coast Productions among others, remain to be digitized; and the collection of one of the official Pride photographers, Vanessa Dubois, needs to be curated and described.

Funded by a California State Library grant, LASD will be able to provide online access to these images through our digitization project, “Preserving California’s LGBTQ+ History.” To meet the goals of this project, LASD is currently seeking a PROJECT MANAGER with archival knowledge and leadership experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are currently under review. To be considered, submit your application materials ASAP.

  • Term: 10 months (30 hours per week)
  • Salary: $20 per hour
  • Position Availability: Immediately

Position Description
Lambda Archives of San Diego (LASD) is seeking an energetic, service-oriented and collaborative Project Manager to coordinate and lead the daily activities for our digitization project and develop online access for Lambda Archives’ images. Specifically, with the direction of the Head Archivist, the Project Manager will oversee a project that would allow Lambda Archives to thoroughly assess all of the image collections, ensure that all images have been digitized, conduct quality checks, and assign metadata that facilitates discoverability. This position is made possible through the California State Library’s grant funded project, “Preserving California’s LGBTQ+ History.”

Reporting to the Head Archivist, the Project Manager will develop online access for photographs, slides and negatives, as well as review the archives to identify any collections that may have been overlooked for digitization. Over the years, since most of the digitization work has been performed by (awesome) volunteers to varying standards, the Project Manager will work with the Project Assistant to assess the images for quality, perform light editing (color correction, contrast correction, dust removal, for instance), and edit for duplication. Collaborating with San Diego State University (SDSU) archives staff, the Project Manager will be responsible for uploading the images into the SDSU Library’s Islandora online library and assigning metadata to facilitate internal and external discoverability.

Tools / Platforms
● Spreadsheets (Google Sheets and/or Microsoft Excel)
● Digital camera; scanner
● Web-based information management system (ArchivesSpace); Islandora software
● Resources for describing materials that reflect diverse social identities

Required Qualifications
● Demonstrated experience with archival processing, arrangement, description, digitization
● Experience supervising or managing employees and/or temporary staff
● Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with productivity software (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud/Photoshop, Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel).
● Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with project team members
● Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and
independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
● Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management
skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and
projects on time in accordance with task/project parameters.
● Demonstrated experience in (or demonstrated commitment to) fostering a reflective, antiracist/anti-oppressive work environment.
● Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a community archives to respond effectively and meaningfully to changing needs and priorities.
● Demonstrated knowledge of current national archival and descriptive standards (e.g, MODS and/or Dublin Core).
● Knowledge of conservation and preservation needs of archival collections, particularly as
applicable to digital reformatting.

Ideal (Preferred) Knowledge/Abilities
● Experiential knowledge of LGBTQ+ communities and/or educational background in LGBTQ+ Studies and/or Gender Studies
● A developed understanding of structural oppression and the ability to recognize the ways it manifests

Application Procedures
Applications must be sent to Nicole Verdes at president@lambdaarchives.org. In the subject line, please write: Project Manager application (Your last name). The following documents may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:
1) letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
2) current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
3) on a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three
work (and/or educational) references, including at least one (1) current or previous supervisor.