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Assoc Dir Library Specialized Collections/Dir Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives & History

Associate Director for Library Specialized Collections/Director Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History (CSENCAH)

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Associate Director provides expertise and leadership for the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History, one of five major functional divisions in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Library. The Center’s collections are composed of Government Information, Special Collections, and University Archives, and its goal is to connect the people and communities of Southeast North Carolina to the sources of their history and culture by collecting and digitizing materials, providing access to those materials, educating the campus and broader region about that history and culture, encouraging and engaging scholarship on the region, and supporting and partnering with regional cultural heritage groups. Now located in the library’s newly opened Discovery Hall, the Center occupies a state-of-the-art, climate controlled 11,611 sq-foot space equipped with customized high-density shelving with room for considerable collection growth, and a dedicated reading room. This position serves as a member of the Library’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) which is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the library and its services, spaces, and resources.

This is a 12-month, renewable, non-tenure track special faculty position reporting to the Dean of the Library.

Upon initial appointment, the Associate Director for Library Specialized Collections / Director of the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History (CSENCAH) provides vision and strategic direction for a team of professional librarians, archivists, and staff in strengthening the discovery, visibility, accessibility, and impact of the Center’s distinctive archival collections and will play a critical leadership role in the growth of the collection and its engagement throughout the Southeast North Carolina community.

Responsibilities specific to Center leadership:

  • Develops mission-oriented digital and collections strategies that reflect current best practices and for initiating services and programs that meet the needs of our users and stakeholders
  • Develops and aligns departmental strategic plans with overall Library and University plans; leads the plan implementation in order to assess and continuously improve the Center’s collections and services
  • Leads efforts to identify and acquire new collections/materials or engage in partnerships with community members or community organizations for greater access to materials
  • Engages in fundraising with private donors and with grant-writing for foundation or public funds.
  • Oversees overall operations of the Center, including directly or indirectly supervising, supporting, guiding, and evaluating 6 – 8 full-time employees (both faculty and staff).

In addition, Associate Directors have the following key responsibilities:

  • Foster flexible, collaborative work environments and strong teams, encouraging staff to engage in creative initiatives and partnerships to meet student and faculty needs.
  • Provide strong leadership and demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision, values, of the Library.
  • Analyze, discuss, plan, and implement the strategic direction of the Library, including the development of new services, resources, and spaces.
  • Develop annual budgets and approves large and/or strategic expenditures.
  • Identify gaps in services and develops staffing plans and new positions.
  • Work collaboratively to make ongoing decisions about library operations.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, review and revision of Library policies, procedures, and services.

As a library faculty member, this position:

  • Provides in-person and on-call research help during scheduled service point shifts, providing individual research assistance in person, by phone, email, and chat
  • Participates in university and professional activities, including research, conference presentations, publications, service, and other evidence of scholarly activity
  • Keeps current with developments in librarianship, particularly in areas related to the division’s focuses.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • A master’s degree in library, information, or archival sciences from an ALA- accredited institution, or an equivalent advanced degree & relevant experience in archives or special collections
  • Five years of increasingly responsible, professional (post-graduate), supervisory work experience in academic special collections administration and leadership, staff supervision and evaluation, collection development, research services, and programming and outreach
  • Candidates should have working knowledge of appropriate technologies for managing, processing, digitizing, and making discoverable primary sources and other unique materials

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
These are preferred but not required. We are looking for candidates with broad backgrounds and experiences.

  • Experience managing budgets; strong project management experience; and evidence of successful donor relations, and/or grant-writing experience Familiarity with intellectual property issues related to special collections and archives.
  • Experience w/professional standards, practices, and systems used for special collections and/or archival records processing, management, preservation, conservation, cataloging, discovery, and access.
  • Evidence of a strong and inclusive user service philosophy, and commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
  • .Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in the community and with community agencies to develop partnerships for collections access and/or to acquire new collections relevant to the department’s collection scope
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with internal and external partners to plan and implement symposia, lectures, exhibitions, and scholarly discussions that highlight special collections, the research use of special collections, and the curricular and scholarly use of special collections and primary source material.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging practices, standards, and trends in academic librarianship, particularly in areas related to the division’s foci.
  • Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, written, and virtual communication skills using a variety of media and technologies.
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, as well as the ability to adapt to and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
Academic Affairs is the central division for implementing the academic mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices, and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative work as well as service to local, regional, and global communities.

The UNCW Library supports the University’s mission through the provision of information resources, services and programs relevant to the needs of its students, faculty and staff. It also serves as a rich cultural resource for the surrounding community and the region. To accomplish this mission, the library provides (1) diverse collections of informational resources in multiple formats and specialized technologies to enable the creation of new knowledge; (2) efficient access to those informational resources and technologies; (3) assistance and instruction in identifying, evaluating and interpreting information; (4) a safe and comfortable facility which stimulates intellectual curiosity and reflective thinking; and (5) programs that connect scholars and interested individuals with information and expertise to inspire lifelong learning.

The Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History acquires, manages and preserves a wide variety of both primary source and specialized materials within Randall the Library within the divisions of University Archives, Special Collections and Government Information. The Center provides access to these materials for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History also coordinates exhibits and public programs and also facilitates reference and instruction services using these materials.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

Please apply online at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/32569

Special Notes to Applicants
The candidate(s) selected for hire need a verification of their highest degree within the first 90 days of hiring. However, if teaching a for credit course the candidate(s) must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required. Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Position: Assoc Dir Library Specialized Collections/Dir Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives & History
Organization: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Location: Wilmington,  NC 
United States
Posting Start Date: 7/8/2024
Date Posted: 7/8/2024
Status: This listing expires on: 9/6/2024
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