Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale University seeks Associate Director for Collections, Research & Education
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Position Focus: The Beinecke Library Rare Book and Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. One of the preeminent rare book and manuscript libraries in North America, the Beinecke Library’s collections are internationally known and heavily used by Yale faculty and students as well as scholars from around the world. Its current renovation of public and teaching spaces derives from that commitment. For additional information on the Beinecke Library, please visit the Library’s website at http://beinecke.library.yale.edu.
Reporting to the Director of the Beinecke Library and serving as a member of the Library’s senior leadership team, the Associate Director provides strategic leadership for and manages the Library’s Collections, Research & Education Department. The Associate Director is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for enhancing and effectively managing the library’s extensive outreach and academic programs for Yale students, faculty and the international scholarly community. In close association with the Director, the Associate Director coordinates the collection development efforts of the Library’s curatorial staff.
The Library’s Collections, Research & Education Department consists of ten full time staff which includes seven curators (who are responsible for collection development, interpretation of the collections, exhibitions, and outreach to Yale students, faculty, and the international scholarly community), a research librarian (who provides research support and outreach and education to Yale faculty, students, and visiting scholars), an exhibition assistant, and an administrative assistant.
In conjunction with the Library’s curators, the Associate Director leads the programmatic development and administration of the Library’s fellowship, exhibit and publications programs, master classes, and curatorial organized events and programming including conferences, lectures, symposia, readings and concerts.
To foster the effective growth and use of the Library’s collections, the Associate Director develops and maintains strong ties with the University Library, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Press, and faculty at Yale University. As appropriate the Associate Director and the department develops and maintains strong relations with relevant academic fields in order to support the mission of the Beinecke Library.
Education, Skills and Experience
Requirements include: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, or a post-graduate degree in museum studies, humanities or other related discipline, and a minimum of 8 years of professional related experience. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library; have managed staff, budgets and capital projects; have demonstrated understanding of current trends in special collections librarianship and digital humanities; and have a strong commitment to collection building and to innovative public service programs.
Preferred: Ph.D. in humanities or related field; experience developing innovative programs and outreach initiatives; experience curating exhibits and managing publication programs.
The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.
Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.
How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references, should be submitted by applying online at www.yale.edu/jobs. The STARS requisition ID for this position is 34179BR.
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.