Reporting to Associate Director for Creation and Curation, the Head of Special
Collections and Archives will take a leadership role in the effective
management and oversight of the rare book and manuscript collections,
university and general archives, and preservation operations.
1. The head is
responsible for articulating a fresh focus for the collections, cultivating
new collections and donor relationships, expanding the teaching and research
use of the collections, expanding engagement with the academic and general
communities, and overseeing print and digital preservation operations.
2. The head advises
the Associate Provost and University Librarian on the acceptance of special
gift collections, and works closely with the Director of Library Development
in external advancement efforts. The head participates in developing and
implementing policies and procedures that enhance growth of and access to
special collections, working collaboratively to do so with the leaders of the
library's research services, digital learning and scholarship, and
acquisitions and metadata services.
3. Manage staff and
projects of special collections and archives. Collaborate with staff on all
levels of the organization to support the provision of library services.
Department: Work closely with Associate Director on policy issues. Supervise
team members to ensure excellent service. Collaborate with staff on all levels
of the organization to support the provision of library services. Work with
the Associate Provost and University Librarian, associate directors, team
leaders, and staff in all other units in the library as required.
University: Consult regularly with faculty and university staff to ensure that
client needs are considered and served, that services and planning are
coordinated, and those policies are applied and implemented consistently.
External: Engage in regular contact with alumni, faculty and students from
other universities, researchers, former employees to provide research service
and to negotiate gifts of collection materials. Maintain frequent contact with
other archives records management programs to share practices and solutions.
Participate in local, regional and national organizations to maintain a
network of information professionals which enhances our services and to stay
abreast of trends and changes in the profession.
Students: Daily communication with student assistants in the team to provide
assistance and information resources to support their education and research
Supervise exempt and non-exempt staff, student employees, and temporary full
or part-time workers as follows: 2 librarians, 2 archivists, the library
preservation officer, the preservation specialist, and student assistants.
Experience: Significant experience working with rare books, special
collections and/or archives in a university setting
Education: A Master's degree in Library/Information Science or an advanced
degree in a related discipline.
1. Clear awareness of current relevant best practices and
2. Outgoing and persuasive personality.
3. Excellent communication and customer service skills.
4. Demonstrable collaborative management style.
5. Record of success growing and promoting large and diverse
6. Prefer excellent interpersonal, communication, and
7. Prefer possess commitment to exceptional user services.
8. Prefer experience mounting exhibits and special events
9. Prefer a successful record OR strong ability to fundraise,
donor development, or grant-writing.
10. Prefer sound
knowledge of library preservation and digitization practices relevant to
11. Prefer evidence
of professional service or publication.
12. Prefer experience
deploying social media and other creative technologies to increase the use of
General office/library environment.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed
to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans,
members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities
are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to
applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a
reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process
should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at
216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.
Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will
be made on a case-by-case basis.
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