Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Riverside – University of California, Riverside Library - Director, Distinctive Collections

Url: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00549

Closing Date: 4/18/16

Rank & Salary: Librarian ($73,238 - $116,220)

Position Overview:
The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Library seeks applications for an innovative, dynamic and collaborative change agent to serve as the Director of Distinctive Collections. The ideal candidate will be committed to building deep research collections that support creative scholarship of the highest order, passionate about modern special collections, and an expert in new and emerging information and library technologies. The Director of Distinctive Collections serves as a member of the UCR Library leadership team and plays an integral role in strategic planning within an innovative, deeply collaborative environment. With responsibility for the strategic direction, administration, and day-to-day operations of Special Collections & University Archives, the Director of Distinctive Collections leads a team of librarians and other professionals.

Under the general direction of the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Scholarly Communication, the Director of Distinctive Collections provides leadership to a team of librarians and professionals and is responsible for all aspects of the collections, services, operations, development and stewardship of Special Collections & University Archives.

Required Qualifications:
• ALA-accredited Master’s Degree or equivalent experience or degree in one or more fields relevant to the position
• Demonstrated experience providing effective leadership with progressively increasing scope of management responsibility in a research library or similar setting
• Record of accomplishment in collection development and management, including digitized and born-digital materials
• Ability to articulate vision for the value of special collections and archives to learning, research, teaching, and community engagement
• Ability to provide organizational leadership
• Demonstrated ability to manage professional library staff, including librarians and other professionals
• Experience working with collectors and donors to cultivate gifts of collections and financial resources, and ability to establish and maintain successful donor relationships
• Experience with management and preservation of archival and special collections in non-textual formats, such as photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, and digital files
• Knowledge of and commitment to digital scholarship initiatives
• Experience building strong relationships between the library, university academic departments, university community, alumnae/I, and external communities
• Ability to thrive amidst organizational change, including capacity to respond effectively to change
• Demonstrated successful experience with change management
• Demonstrated understanding of changes in academic library research and reference trends and ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving services and technologies
• Demonstrated assessment and data analysis skills
• Evidence of creative thinking about library services and technologies
• Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects
• Demonstrated high level of initiative and creativity
• Effective oral and written communication
• Record of sustained scholarly and/or professional achievement in the field
• Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni

Preferred Qualifications:
• Additional advanced professional or academic degree; Ph.D. is highly desired
• Ability to read and speak at least one foreign language; fluency in Spanish is highly desirable
• Archival certification
• Familiarity with copyright and intellectual property issues relating to archives and special collections
• Demonstrated success in fundraising, including grant funding, individual and corporate gifts
• Demonstrated experience in development of educational programs, such as symposia, exhibitions, and scholarly conferences, that showcase special collections, and promoting curricular and research use of special collections in the academic community
• Commitment to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students

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