• Archivist and Collections Strategy Director

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Requisition ID
    19-11838
    Division
    Corporate - People Practices
    Functional Area
    Other
  • Overview

    The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; and The Chicago Theatre.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams –  the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, MSG’s NBA 2K League franchise.  In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.  Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

    Role Summary

    Madison Square Garden’s Archivist is responsible for assembling, cataloguing, preserving and managing the valuable collections of historical information that exist within the company. This position will also work with internal partners throughout the organization to ensure that materials and important events are recorded and archived appropriately to ensure that we are documenting this historical time as an organization. This includes MSG owned venues and productions, the Knicks, Rangers, Sports Properties events, MSG Networks and MSG Sphere. S/he is responsible for developing a strategy and creating a process for all divisions to follow, for collecting current and future materials and sending all historically important materials to the Archives in the correct formats, at the correct time.

    This position will also work as a curator, acquiring, collecting, and cataloging works of art, as well as ensuring their overall care.

    Specific Functions/Activities Summary

    • Will pro-actively recommend artifacts that should be collected from events on an ongoing basis and help implement processes and procedures for such collection.
    • Responsible for maintaining and enhancing a thorough and easily accessible archival system for housing all MSG related materials.
    • Provide support to business units by pulling together information on historic sports, entertainment, media, venue, production, event and creative events in a thorough and timely manner for presentations or project needs.
    • Responsible for the proper care and display of such artifacts which includes curating exhibitions, installing the art works and objects in such a way that protects and preserves their natural state, and negotiating the loans of items from other institutions.
    • Responsible for keeping the ongoing list of key events and dates with their respective supporting materials including ticket prices, grosses and attendance information at our venues.
    • Will manage, maintain and update the offsite warehouses where the materials are located. This will include organizing, digitizing and archiving critical and historic materials for MSG events.
    • Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials.
    • Provide historical context and materials for projects relating to our properties (i.e. Rockettes, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, teams, partner events, etc.)
    • Research and provide info about our venues and future acquisitions for announcements.
    • Provide clarity and historical research as needed on properties or venues.
    • Maintain up to date historical records on concerts/events at our venues, team records and sports properties events.
    • Partner Work with legal and office services to develop and promote records management companywide.
    • Manage storage process throughout the company including Globe, Meyers, and 2 Penn.

    Qualifications

    • 10 – 15 years’ experience as an Archivist, with a bachelor or master’s degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies
    • Experience leading a small team, building process and procedures, and gaining stakeholder buy in.
    • Expected to have excellent relationship-building skills to create and nurture partnerships with other institutions, artists and collectors.
    • Experience working with specific forms of records, such as manuscripts, electronic records, websites, photographs, maps, motion pictures, and sound recordings.
    • Experience using and developing complex databases related to the materials in the archive collection and access for partners.
    • Knowledge of methods and process for doing research
    • Eye for detail and strong design instincts.
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail to ensure proper storage and retrieval records and documents program. Ability to develop logical systems of storage for the public to use.
    • Knowledge of managing, storing and maintaining archival assets.
    • Knowledge of developing and maintaining archival storage systems (i.e. – Data Asset Management systems, etc.)
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Experience as an Historian in a corporate environment.

    Education

    Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred.

    Educational requirements may differ from job to job based on the role.

    EEO Statement

    At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations.

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