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Job ID: 121487

Head, Special Collections & Archives
University of Idaho

Date Posted Mar. 27, 2019
Title Head, Special Collections & Archives
University University of Idaho
Moscow, ID, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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University of Idaho

Head, Special Collections & Archives

Location: Moscow

Division/College: General Library (Div)

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: Faculty salary is commensurate with market rate plus administrative stipend.

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:


Faculty status, rank negotiable, 12-month appointment. This position offers the successful candidate an excellent career opportunity as a university faculty member and academic librarian.

The University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives specializes in the acquisitions, preservation, and use of research materials that document the cultural and environmental history of Idaho and the region. It is also the home of the International Jazz Collections and the University Archives. The collection contains manuscripts, recordings, photographs, maps, monographs, and some artifacts.

The successful candidate will provide energetic leadership and direction for department activities. Using state-of-the-art and traditional practices in developing, preserving, and making accessible special collections, the incumbent will partner with colleagues and the community to spearhead a clear vision for special collections and archives at the university. This role will include building successful relationships throughout the state and region to ensure a well-articulated program for acquiring and managing unique materials in all formats. The incumbent will supervise a staff of four, engage in programming, research, reference services, collection development, and will work productively with the Dean, University Libraries to pursue donor relationships and funding opportunities. Faculty must demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement, outreach, and service, as well as success in job performance for tenure and promotion.

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters degree from an ALA-accredited library program or the equivalent.
Three or more years experience in archives or special collections in a university setting.
Evidence of a broad knowledge of best practices in special collections and archives administration.
Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
Experience with accessioning and processing university and manuscript collections.
Demonstrated ability to work in collaborative work situations.
Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment.
Demonstrated working knowledge of national descriptive standards such as EAD, DACS, MARC, and Dublin Core, and the creation of EAD finding aids.
Ability to meet requirements for promotion and tenure.

Preferred Qualifications:

An Additional graduate or terminal degree in an appropriate discipline (Librarianship, History, Archives Management, or related area).
Progressively responsible roles in special collections or archives.
Supervisory experience and an inclusive, participatory management approach.
Familiarity with collection and content management systems (e.g. Archivists Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, or Archivematica).
Understanding of copyright, privacy laws, and rights management issues relating to analog and born-digital collections.
Knowledge of basic preservation methods and procedures for archival materials in multiple formats.
Demonstrated understanding of digitization efforts and knowledge of digital formats, data management, and metadata schema;
Successful experience with donor cultivation;
Curatorial skills and thorough understanding of archival practice.
Experience with public programming and exhibits.
Ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines.
Successful grantsmanship.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Ability to lift and/or otherwise carry 35 lbs. Ability to work in an environment that may contain dust and/or mold.

Posting Number: F000769P

Posting Date: 03/19/2019

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

First Consideration Date 4/22/2019

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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