Associate Director for Collections, Research & Education - (Librarian 4-5)

New Haven, New Haven County
May 02, 2014
STARS Requisition number 25182BR

Department Beinecke Lib Collections

University Job Title Librarian, Department Head

Posting Position Title Associate Director for Collections, Research & Education - (Librarian 4-5)

Bargaining Unit None

Job Category Managerial & Professional

Type of Employment Full Time

Duration Type Regular

Salary Grade 00

Work Location University Library System

Worksite Address 121 Wall Street

Work Week Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Position Focus: The Beinecke 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.

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 program, exhibit, and publication program, 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.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

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Principal Responsibilities
1. Provides leadership and vision for the department. 2. Sets priorities and leads multiple projects while meeting deadlines and budget targets. 3. Manages staff including hiring, setting priorities, and staff development. 4. Manages department budget, including funds for collection development. 5. Engages with faculty and students in support of the University's teaching and research mission. 6. Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale. 7. Builds strong partnerships with faculty and students, curators and librarians, and donors. 8. Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies. 9. Works independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and functions collaboratively in a team environment. 10. Collaborates with library staff engaged in development efforts. 11. Serves on Library and University committees. 12. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to encourage innovation and ensure the excellence of the Library. 13. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at any Yale University location. 14. May perform other duties as assigned.Required Education and Experience
1. Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline may be substituted for a master's degree in library science. 2. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library. 3. Demonstrated ability and achievement in managing staff 4. Demonstrated ability in managing budgets and capital projects. 5. Strong commitment to collection building and to innovative public service programs. 6. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability. 7. Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence. 8. Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition. 9. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment. Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Required Skill/Ability 1: Demonstrated understanding of current trends in special collections librarianship and digital humanities.

Required Skill/Ability 2: Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to innovation. Strong supervisory skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3: Strong commitment and ability to provide outreach at all levels with well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with collegially with staff, researchers, and colleagues.

Required Skill/Ability 4: Demonstrated enthusiasm for the active engagement of faculty and students with collections.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: 1. Ph.D. in humanities related field
2. Experience developing innovative programs and outreach initiatives.
3. Experience curating exhibits and managing a publication program.

Weekend Hours Required? Occasional

Evening Hours Required? Occasional

Drug Screen No

Health Screening No

Background Check Requirements All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.