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Assistant Head of Special Collections

The University of Arkansas Libraries is seeking a highly collaborative and engaged leader to serve as Assistant Head of Special Collections. This person will lead, shape, and assist in development and delivery of departmental priorities, through special projects to deliver innovative services, processes, and outreach. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, this position supports the Department Head in the daily management of the department (approx. 11 FTE) through project management, assessment, and donor relations. The Assistant Head will participate in the department’s Collection Development, Processing, Outreach, and Exhibition teams. Additional duties will include contributing to the Libraries’ growing digital collections, coordinating department events, and seeking grant-funded opportunities.

The successful candidate will join a department deeply committed to and engaged with its communities on campus and throughout the state of Arkansas. As a core component of the Libraries’ research enterprise, the Special Collections Department’s strategic plan emphasizes its commitment to service, as outlined in its Guiding Priorities. Together, department faculty librarians and staff acquire and make available for research manuscript collections highlighting Arkansas and regional history; university archives, which documents the activities of the institution, its faculty, and its students; and a growing rare books collection. Through classroom instruction, exhibitions, and service, the department ensures the stewardship of the historical record for the University community and the public.

The Assistant Head will collaborate in strategic implementation of the department’s priorities, including department programs, services, and spaces. Facilitates collaborative relationship building within the department, throughout the Libraries, and with community partners. Builds, executes, and coordinates an assessment program. Contributes to budget planning and management. Is responsible for the development and implementation of special projects in all functional areas including outreach and research services, organizing and describing collections, and collection development.

The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated leadership and coaching skills, outstanding written and oral communication skills, and analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to think strategically and embrace change-management strategies. Additional key attributes are a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service; demonstrated ability to interact successfully with a variety of constituents; demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively to develop productive partnerships within and across complex organizations like the Libraries and University; focused attention to details, deadlines and goals; and a working knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis.

Responsibilities of this position include research, creative work, and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas. The successful candidate must have documented accomplishments commensurate with the criteria for appointment at the level of Associate Librarian / Associate Professor. A dossier will be required for appointment and hiring.

Qualifications. Required:   A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, or related advanced degree and ACA certification; at least 4 years of professional experience working in a cultural heritage institution with increasing management experience; demonstrated experience arranging, describing, and managing archival collections; demonstrated experience with archival and library standards and tools, such as EAD, MARC, LCSH, and DACS; demonstrated experience providing innovative public service, specifically reference and instruction; experience contributing to physical exhibitions; and experience contributing to digital collections. Preferred: A second advanced degree; working knowledge of budget processes; experience with grant writing and administration; experience in donor relations and cultivation; experience working with ArchivesSpace, Preservica, AEON, and Archive-It or equivalent tools; and working knowledge of digital repository systems and digital curation.

Rank and Salary: Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian / Associate Professor. Salary: $70,000.

Benefits : Relocation allowance available. Benefits include TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

Background:   The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students. The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH). The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities. The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered. The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission. For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page ( ). The University of Arkansas campus ( ) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 26,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System. With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters. This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

Special Collections Department:   The Special Collections Department was created in 1967 to encourage research and writing in the history and culture of Arkansas and the surrounding region. The mission of the department is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to materials to support scholarly investigation of the state, its customs and people, and its cultural, physical, and political climate. Special Collections houses approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscript collections, approximately 28,000 titles of Arkansas print material, more than 100,000 photographs, and about 10,000 maps and rare books, and the University Archive. Notable collections include: the papers of Senator J. William Fulbright, the Council for International Exchange of Scholar Records, the works of noted photographer Lawrence “Larry” W. Obsitnik, composers William Grant Still and Florence Price, writer John Gould Fletcher, and the Peace Links Papers. The Department is comprised of 11 FTE faculty and staff. For more detailed information on the department please visit the Web site:

Application deadline and contact information. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Completed applications received by March 9, 2018, will receive full consideration. For the full posting or to apply, please go to . When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application (addressed to the attention of Jeff Banks, Director for Human Resources and Organizational Development), résumé, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references. For more information, please contact Jeff Banks at .

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
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