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Archivist Contractor

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Arts of Life, a 501C3 nonprofit, advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. Founded in 2000, Arts of Life is realizing its vision of a working, person-centric, artistic community that provides a work environment of equality. Today, we represent over 60 artists at two professional art studio locations in Chicago and Glenview, IL.

The Opportunity

Arts of Life is hiring an archivist for our 25th Anniversary Archiving Project. This is a contract, full-time position responsible for implementing, maintaining, and growing systems to collect, preserve, and share Arts of Life’s analog and digital collections.

What You’ll Need to be Successful

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate discipline.
  • Proven work experience in photo documentation, cataloging, and management of electronic and physical collections, 2 or more years.
  • Knowledge of art handling, storage, and archival best practices, 2 or more years
  • Skilled in using DSLR cameras, lighting equipment, image editing software, and scanners.
  • Strong project management, multitasking, and communication skills to create clear project plans, clearly articulate needs, provide benchmark updates, and meet deadlines.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Driven, self-motivated disposition.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, with minimal guidance.
  • Proficiency with macOS
  • Experience with ArtLogic (preferred but not required).
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 44 lbs. and occasionally ascend/descend a ladder.


  • $20/hr for 40 hrs/week. This contract term is for 40 weeks.


This is a full-time, contracted, onsite position. Generally a weekday position during daytime hours.

Our Culture

Arts of Life is proud to foster a culture of collaboration and respect. We strive to function under a relatively flat hierarchy, with collective decision-making at the heart of our initiatives. Work is typically done in small teams, and Leadership is enthusiastically accessible to all employees. Work-life balance is highly encouraged, and employees are welcome to use the studio facilities after hours and on weekends. Please note that this is only a contract position.

Be Yourself

Arts of Life is firmly committed to building a diverse team that is reflective of the communities we serve. We value your unique experiences and strongly encourage People of the Global Majority, LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, trans, and non-binary people, people with disabilities, system-impacted people, veterans, and people of all ages to apply.

Job Type: Independent Contractor

Location: Chicago Studio

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL