Executive Director, Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP)

Princeton, NJ
May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7433
Department Research Coll & Preser Consort
Category Library
Date Posted 5/2/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), a 501c3/509a3 corporation formed by Columbia University, Princeton University, and The New York Public Library (with Harvard University currently as an Associate Member), seeks an innovative and inclusive Executive Director.

Working with a high degree of independence, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the leadership and management of ReCAP according to the strategic direction agreed to by the Board of Governors. The ED represents the partnership in cooperative projects and external stakeholder groups; oversees facility operations; manages and develops the skillset of eighteen staff; and develops and administers policies and procedures. The ED is responsible for budget development and financial management for the consortium with facility, grounds, and other assets that are valued at approximately $100 million.


The successful candidate will be a creative problem-solver who is skilled in fostering teamwork and who enjoys planning for the future. The ED will be a results-oriented self-starter who builds relationships easily with a wide variety of librarians, vendors, and visitors. The partners use ReCAP as their representative or collaborative vehicle in several national projects related to cooperative library services, including the HathiTrust Shared Print Program, BorrowDirect and the Ivy+ shared collections initiatives, Eastern Academic Scholars Trust, and the Print Archives Network, among others.

ReCAP (http://recap.princeton.edu) operates an environmentally controlled, high density preservation repository on behalf of its consortium members. The facility holds over 14 million items from the partners' library and archival collections, making it one of the largest single-site collections of research material in the world. ReCAP provides timely library service to the members and to their patrons, fulfilling over 200,000 requests in print or digital format, on demand, and enabling its members to share materials with one another and with libraries nationally and internationally through interlibrary loan.


  • A bachelor's degree and five or more years of progressively responsible management experience in a library and/or a library storage facility.
  • Experience leading strategic planning efforts and guiding collaborative projects.
  • Five or more years of progressive management experience in a large research library, especially in the areas of collection management, preservation, and/or library storage.
  • Experience in the management and oversight of exempt and non-exempt staff.
  • Knowledge of and experience within the library community in roles such as a collection development, technical service, administrative roles.
  • Ability to work effectively with a Board of Governors in a highly independent role.
  • Strong consulting, negotiation, problem resolution, mediation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and information to guide operational improvements and policy development.
  • Demonstrated sound business judgment and familiarity with professional procurement processes, budgeting, billing and invoicing.
  • Proficiency with standard computer spreadsheet, word processing, database management and other office administration software.
  • Strong public presentation skills and public speaking for a wide variety of audiences.

  • ALA-accredited master's degree, M.B.A., or a master's degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Extensive experience with data reporting and analysis tools.
  • Familiarity with enterprise information technology and library systems.
  • Knowledge of operations management principles, especially in inventory and supply chain management.
  • Experience with facility management and construction or renovation projects.
  • Familiarity with unions and collective bargaining arrangements.

Princeton University acts as ReCAP's administrative host and all ReCAP staff are hired as Princeton employees, so the ED must work in consultation with the board, ReCAP's counsel, and counsel for the partners, to ensure that Princeton's interests and policies are balanced with the interests of the consortium.

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 080

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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