Director of Special Collections & Archives

Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Job Announcement

Director of Special Collections and Archives

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications from collaborative, responsive, and innovative candidates for the position of Director of Special Collections and Archives, a tenure-stream position reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries. The Director provides leadership and oversight for a department comprised of 18 faculty and staff. The Special Collections and Archives department consists of three units: Special Collections, Archives, and Preservation. This position serves a critical role in the research and teaching mission of the university, ensuring the development of and ongoing access to many of the Libraries' unique and distinct collections for use by students and researchers. As a member of the Libraries' Management Team, the Director of Special Collections and Archives participates in libraries-wide policy, service, and strategic plan development. The Director provides transparent and inclusive leadership to the department. The Director develops and implements departmental goals that align with organizational priorities; oversees, coordinates, and communicates departmental policy and practices; and maintains open communication with other Libraries departments.

Appointment and Salary:

Successful candidates will be appointed as full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty members. Appointment rank will depend on professional experience. The minimum starting salary is $75,000 plus an additional 15% faculty director stipend. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation, ten paid holidays, liberal sick leave, university group health care plans, group life insurance, TIAA administered retirement/annuity, and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by May 21, 2017, in order to receive full consideration. Application must be made online at CU Careers (posting 09291) and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU. The full position description can be viewed at

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at In addition, the University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

About the University and Libraries:

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)-and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region-we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877-attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

About the Special Collections and Archives Department:
The Special Collections and Archives Department includes three units: Archives, Special Collections, and Preservation. Our Archives unit is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary and is focusing on laying the foundation for another 100 years. The Archives enjoys several areas of strength, especially Jewish studies, labor, and American music. The Special Collections unit hosts a very active instruction program and displays particular strengths in photo books and book creation. The Preservation unit preserves and conserves materials for the special and archival collections as well as the circulating collections.

About Boulder, Colorado:

Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.



Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited library program or equivalent.
  • Professional experience in archives, special collections, or preservation.
  • Expertise with national best practices for archival and special collections and preservation.
  • Two or more years experience in management, supervision, or leadership
  • Awareness of ongoing developments and trends in digital access to archival or special materials, including born-digital materials.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, facilitation, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience or professional development related to strategic planning, change management, supervision, or leadership.
  • Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional service.

Desirable Qualifications:

Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:
  • Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists or equivalent.
  • Relevant experience in an academic or research library.
  • Experience running or overseeing a reading room, instruction program in an archives or special collections setting, archival processing, or preservation workflow.
  • Experience communicating and negotiating with potential donors.
  • Experience collaborating across units/departments in an academic environment.
  • Successful track record of securing grant funding.
  • Demonstrated success leading teams and managing projects.
  • Record of research and publication and national service.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Application must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Please name application materials as follows: First-Last-CL-09291 (Cover Letter) First-Last-CV-09291 (Curriculum Vitae. Please also check the "Resume" box for this document.) First-Last-Ref-09291 (References)

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10369 - Library Administration

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 21, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Dylan Wiersma

Posting Contact Email: Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU

Position Number: 00693359