Curator and Director of Benitz Memorial Library
Washington State University Tri-Cities
Notice of Vacancy
Position # 121375
CURATOR OF THE HANFORD COLLECTION AND DIRECTOR OF THE MAX E. BENITZ MEMORIAL
DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSU TC) and Washington State
University Libraries invite applications for an open-rank, tenure-eligible
faculty member to serve jointly as Curator of the Hanford Collection and
Director of the Max E. Benitz Memorial Library. This is a full-time, 12-month
position located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
In the spring of 2015, Washington State University Tri-Cities was named the
home for the Department of Energy's Hanford Collection, an extensive
assortment of artifacts, archives, and photographs gathered from the Hanford
site since its creation in 1943. This agreement comes just as the National
Park Service begins its work of establishing the new Manhattan Project
National Park at the three "secret cities" of Hanford Washington, Oakridge
Tennessee, and Los Alamos New Mexico.
The successful candidate will manage, secure, and protect the Hanford
Collection on behalf of Mission Support Alliance and the Department of Energy;
will work in close collaboration with the Director and Assistant Director of
the Hanford History Project and the Director of the Hanford Oral History
project; will be expected to develop partnerships with the National Park
Service as well as other federal and local agencies and community groups; and
will serve as the Repository Official and Curator/Conservator for the
collection. Curatorial responsibilities include evaluating, collecting,
tracking, cleaning, storing, inventorying, preserving, reporting on, and
displaying all the current and newly acquired Hanford Collection artifacts.
The Curator will also serve as a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the
WSU library system and as the Director of the Max E. Benitz Memorial Library
on the WSU TC campus. The Benitz Library supports the research and scholarship
of the students and faculty at the Tri-Cities campus. It combines physical and
digital collections, robust document delivery services and user-focused public
services to continually build and adapt to WSU TC's dynamic and growing
environment. As part of the WSU Libraries multi-campus system, collaboration
and strong partnerships are central to its work.
The Library Director's primary responsibility will be to advance a vision for
the Benitz Library as a hub of 21st-century teaching and learning. In
coordination with the WSU Dean of Libraries, The Director will provide
strategic leadership, administrative management, and advocacy for the library
and its staff. The Director serves the campus as part of the campus academic
leadership team, reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA).
* Master's degree in library information science or graduate degree in relevant discipline.
* Five years of progressively responsible experience in managing or leading special collections or services and operations, including supervisory experience.
* Demonstrated ability to advance diversity.
* Demonstrated ability to articulate vision, set direction, and accomplish initiatives in changing environments.
* Demonstrated knowledge of archives or special collections.
* Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team, interact with diverse groups of people in a positive and professional manner, and maintain good working relationships.
* Experience in working with curatorial, technical services, conservation, and digital library staff to develop goals for acquiring, processing, and making special collections fully accessible.
* Demonstrated understanding of and receptiveness to the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.
* Evidence of success in fundraising and/or obtaining grants.
* Familiarity with marketing media, principles, and practices, including desktop publishing, printing, and the Web.
* Ph.D. in history, communications, public relations, archaeology, anthropology OR some other related field plus seven years of progressively responsible experience in managing or leading special collections or services and operations, including supervisory experience.
* Tenurable at the rank of Librarian IV
* Experience working in a complex organizational, technological and research environment.
* Demonstrated student-centered approach to librarianship.
WSU Tri-Cities is in Richland WA, which along with Kennewick and Pasco makes
up the Tri-Cities. The campus draws from a regional population of
approximately 250,000 and is located in the heart of Washington wine country.
The largest employer in Richland is the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(PNNL), which participates in many partnerships and collaborations with WSU
Tri-Cities. The growing campus has approximately 1,500 students who are served
by nearly 80 full-time faculty and 250 adjunct faculty, many of whom are full-
time researchers and scientists at PNNL or local science and engineering
firms. WSU Tri-Cities is experiencing a time of unprecedented growth and
development. Legislative funding, tremendous community leadership and support,
collaborations with PNNL, and partnerships with business and community
organizations, have resulted in many exciting new and expanded initiatives.
Interested individuals should submit a detailed letter of application
addressing the required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vita, and
three letters of recommendation. Letters will be automatically requested and
obtained from the reference provided through the WSU online application
To apply visit wsujobs.com, position number 121375. Open until filled.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled
veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other
protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are
encouraged to apply.
WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy
action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional
Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All
new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its
services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with
disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process,
contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay
Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388,
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