About the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies is a research institute dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States, producing and disseminating relevant interdisciplinary research. Centro also collects preserves and provides access to library and archival resources documenting Puerto Rican history and heritage. We seek to link scholarship to social action and policy debates and to contribute to the betterment of our community and enrichment of Puerto Rican

Role: The Archivist’s primary assignment would be processing a recently acquired archival collection, consistent with preservation protocols.

Work assignments may vary depending upon library and archival project needs. This position will work under the supervision of Archival Collections Manager and may oversee the work of college assistants for specific projects.


The Archivist is responsible for the arrangement and description of personal papers and records of organizations in Centro Archives holdings.

  • Implementing “More Product, Less Process” collection processing;
  • Appraising and describing archival materials;
  • Weeding and inventorying the collection(s);
  • Performing writing, researching, and editing: finding aids, reports, and web content;
  • Supervising and training work-study students for project(s);
  • Working collaboratively with staff in a team environment to promote collection(s).


Bachelor’s Degree and four years’ related experience required; MLS degree or Master’s in a related field may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirement.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • MLS/MA degree with a specialization in archival management.
  • Professional experience processing archival collections.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of arrangement and description, and familiarity with archival standards, specifically DACS.
  • Ability to recognize archival preservation issues and to apply basic preservation techniques.
  • Knowledge of the history of Latino and/or Puerto Rican populations and communities in the US is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of both English and Spanish languages.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential.


Administers one or more aspects of Library operations and coordinates Library services.

  • Assists faculty, students, and librarians in order to evaluate needs and locate appropriate materials on a timely basis
  • Participates in acquiring materials in all formats and media
  • Reviews Library usage patterns and makes recommendations regarding services; plans and conducts training and outreach activities
  • Assists in developing and monitoring Library policies and user service standards
  • May oversee a Library unit such as Circulation, Access/User Services, Reserve, Stack Maintenance, and/or Acquisitions
  • Supervises and/or trains staff, students, and others assigned to the Library
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience ($67,784-$86,645)

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 27999

Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts;. New users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include:

  • Cover letter describing interest in the position, related qualifications and experiences
  • Current curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • Names and contact information of 2 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred


The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on March 6, 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.