Interim Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
SUMMARY: The Interim Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies leads a research center designed to promote research, scholarship, and public programs in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the collection of the Newberry Library. The position includes leadership of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS). The Interim Director of the McNickle Center reports to the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Plan and implement research and educational programs that promote research, scholarship, and public events in American Indian and Indigenous studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the Newberry’s collection; direct the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, including production of seminars, workshops, and meetings for consortium members; maintain close and effective relationships between the McNickle Center and scholarly communities locally, regionally, and nationally; maintain collaborative relationships between the Newberry Library and Indian communities, both in Chicago and elsewhere in North America; oversee budgets; manage a center staff assembled on a per project basis to implement grant-funded and consortium programs; participate in the intellectual life of the Newberry; collaborate with other Newberry departments and divisions to maintain the center’s participation in library activities and events; and all other tasks or activities as necessary for the achievement of departmental goals.
QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in American Indian and Indigenous studies, or a related field, required; entrepreneurial and administrative capacity; ability to collaborate with scholars, librarians, teachers, the general public, and other cultural institutions and to represent the library in various settings; teaching, scholarly, and administrative experience preferred.
SCHEDULE: Full-time, 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday, occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Exempt, term position from September 25, 2017 – August 15, 2018.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, cv, and contact information for three references.