Friday, April 10, 2009

Director of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

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The University of Virginia Library seeks a leader who will chart the future of one of the nation’s great cultural resources, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. We are looking for someone who will combine vision with action, scholarship with leadership, and exceptionally sound judgment with an entrepreneurial spirit.

A passion for encouraging the use of primary materials is essential. So too is an ability to work collaboratively in an environment of constant growth and possibilities.

The Small Special Collections Library is best known for its rich collections in American history, literature, culture and has many other strengths. We seek a director who has appropriate academic credentials and demonstrated success in working with scholars and students. A grasp of the potential for technology with an appreciation of the artifact is helpful, as is curiosity, a sense of humor, and an ability to think creatively and act quickly.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the director will lead and develop a diverse staff, and will be able to work effectively across the Library and the University. He or she will be a person who welcomes ideas from faculty, students, and staff, and who can inspire and steward donors.

The Small Special Collections Library stands at an exciting moment in its history, with a new building, an experienced staff, and extraordinary collections. Our goal is to find an outstanding colleague who will take this treasured resource to new levels.

Qualifications: Advanced degree is required in either library science or a relevant academic discipline. Experience should include knowledge of or familiarity of special collections; demonstrated skills in management and leadership, including written and oral communications, project management, planning and mentoring; and an openness to uses for emerging technologies. Fundraising experience and ability are desirable.

Salary and Benefits: Competitive depending on qualifications. This position has general faculty status with excellent benefits, including 22 days of vacation and TIAA/CREF and other retirement plans.

To Apply: Review of applications will begin on 5/4/2009 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at Search by position number FP 363, complete application, and attach cover letter and resume, with contact information for three current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact Al Sapienza, Director Library Human Resources at (434) 924-3081 or (434) 243-8636.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations from members of underrepresented groups.

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