The Archives and Library Director is responsible for managing and making accessible a repository of approximately 1,200 linear feet of archival collections and research library of 15,000 volumes. Researchers of all types use our materials both remotely and on-site, in a facility that features one of the most impressive riverfront views of any reading room you’ve seen. For information about the department’s collections and services, see www.phillyseaport.org/library.
This is a full-time position (Monday through Friday) reporting to the Senior Curator. The responsibility of the Archives and Library Director is to build, manage, and promote the collections with regard to access, reference, processing, outreach, acquisitions, and preservation, establishing priorities for both ongoing responsibilities and projects. The Director supervises occasional full-time or part-time project archivists. The Director also trains and manages a number of excellent, highly-valued volunteers and interns, upon whom the department and the museum rely.
Work with on-site and remote researchers to provide professional reference service.
Arrange, describe and create electronic access tools (including in OCLC and Archivists’ Toolkit) for archival collections and books.
Support the Curatorial Department in its development and research of museum exhibits.
Work with Museum Registrar on accessioning procedures and rights and reproductions requests.
Plan processing, digitization, access, conservation, cataloging and other projects, and work with the Development Department to write grants seeking project funding.
Manage the departmental and grant budgets and make budget recommendations.
Develop, research, design, and install/create exhibits for the department’s exhibit areas and the museum’s website.
Active participation with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and local management of consortium projects.
Develop archives and library collections through donations and purchases, with attention to developing relationships with donors, potential donors, and vendors.
Participate in museum-wide leadership, strategic planning, and policy creation.
Work with other museum departments on institution-wide projects.
Give presentations about library collections for prospective donors and VIPs.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities
Supervisory skills and the ability to organize work, develop effective work processes, and assess work priorities.
Strong service orientation and an interest in working with museum staff and the general public.
Demonstrated ability to work with researchers of all types, including scholars, teachers, students, enthusiasts, and genealogists.
Ability to assist and instruct museum staff, departmental staff, interns, and volunteers with a patient, respectful, and supportive approach.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated understanding of, and receptiveness to, the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.
Ability to work both independently and with other collections departments.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Required education and experience
The Archives and Library Director should have a Master of Library Science or Master of Arts in History with certificate in Archives Management, as well as three to five years of progressively responsible professional experience in a special collections library or research setting.
Formal training in archival practice and care in handling of unique material.
Very strong hands-on computer skills, including experience with web development, relevant library computer systems software, and software and technologies required for providing digital access to resources
Facility with OCLC mixed materials cataloging and standard professional tools and programs (e.g. LCSH, DACS, Archivists’ Toolkit, etc.).
Demonstrated ability to work collaborativelyto develop programs and exhibits.
Demonstrated ability to maintain, manage and seek out new relationships within your institution and in partnership with other institutions.
Knowledge of American and maritime history and technology preferred.
Evidence of success in fundraising or obtaining grants.
Evidence of active participation within the profession.
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. Please submit your salary requirements.
Electronic submission of materials is required. The screening process will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews are planned to begin toward the beginning of October 2010.
Email the following materials in PDF format to Carol Burkert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Names, addresses, phone numbers, and your relationship for three professional reference.
Closes October 8