Associate Director, Special Collections and University Archives - Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick

Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced, innovative, and technologically savvy administrator to lead Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Information Services and Director of New Brunswick Libraries, this position provides vision, leadership, and direction for a team of professional archivists and conservation specialists, with the goal of strengthening the visibility, accessibility, and impact of Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s nationally and internationally recognized special collections and archives. The Associate Director is responsible for developing comprehensive and 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. This is a highly visible position that is actively involved—in collaboration with the Rutgers Foundation, Libraries leadership, and other external partners—in donor cultivation, fundraising, grant writing, and outreach. The Associate Director will develop a deep understanding and appreciation of SCUA’s collections and identify forward-looking and synergistic opportunities and partnerships that advance the university’s mission.

SCUA holds Rutgers University Libraries’ premier unique primary source collections. Divisions include the prestigious Sinclair New Jersey Collection, Manuscripts Collection, Rare Books Collection, University Archives Collection, and other special collections such as maps, broadsides, pictorial materials, newspapers, and ephemera. SCUA is also home to the William Eliot Griffis Collection on Meiji Japan and Japanese overseas students and the collected papers of Congressman Rush Holt, Jr., Congressman William J. Hughes, and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. SCUA’s offices—including a busy reading room; a full-service, onsite conservation and digitization lab; and two exhibit spaces—are located in the Archibald S. Alexander Library on Rutgers–New Brunswick’s College Avenue campus.

SCUA’s collections are heavily used by Rutgers undergraduate and graduate classes, by researchers ranging from international scholars to members of the New Brunswick community, and in ongoing digitization projects at Rutgers, in the state of New Jersey, and beyond. In fiscal year 2017, the SCUA reading room had over 1,000 visitors and reference staff answered over 1,700 questions. SCUA librarians and archivists continue to build world-class collections that document all aspects of New Jersey, the history of Rutgers University, and strategic areas that support the curriculum and the university’s priorities. SCUA has an active exhibitions and public program schedule that highlights SCUA’s collections and seeks to bring new constituents into the library.

• Provides leadership, vision, and oversight for the development, arrangement and description, digitization, preservation, and conservation of special collections and university archives in a variety of formats.
• Articulates and implements a strategic focus for the development of collections, fostering donor relationships, developing procedures for the arrangement and description of collections, and overseeing physical and digital preservation operations.
• Fosters professional growth and accomplishment for library faculty and staff; holds direct responsibility for personnel matters including the recruitment, appointment, and evaluation of librarians and archivists with faculty status, full-time staff, and student and hourly support staff.
• Prioritizes, assigns, and directs projects and workflows to ensure the units’ priorities are achieved in accordance with deadlines and budget allowances.
• Plans, administers, and manages unit resources, services, and operations including the unit budget and external resources, e.g. gifts and grants.
• Develops, implements, and assesses programming to further promote knowledge, encourage teaching and research use of the collections, and increase engagement with the academic and general communities.
• Participates in national, regional, and local archival organizations.
• Serves as a member of the New Brunswick Libraries (NBL) Steering Committee, the leadership group for NBL.

The Associate Director is a senior faculty member and administrator who plays a critical role in the appointment, reappointment,
and promotion of library faculty and must qualify for tenure on appointment. The successful candidate must demonstrate a record of professional achievement through scholarly research relevant to academic librarianship, including publications, presentations, and participation and leadership in the work of relevant professional associations, particularly on the national level.



Required: A master’s degree in library, information, or archival sciences from an ALA-accredited institution and a minimum of five years of successful and increasingly responsible experience in special collections administration, collection development, and management. Working knowledge of appropriate technologies for managing, processing, digitizing, and making discoverable primary sources and other rare or unique material is essential. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; the ability to work both independently and in a collegial environment; and experience working effectively with a diverse clientele are also required. Candidates must have successful experience managing budgets; strong project management experience; and evidence of successful donor relations, fundraising, and/or grant-writing experience. Familiarity with intellectual property issues related to special collections and archives is necessary. Candidates must demonstrate accomplishments in scholarly research and publication commensurate with acquiring tenure at an academic institution. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Preferred: A second master’s degree in a subject area and a research portfolio that includes the administration of special collections and archives; experience implementing emerging technologies in a special collections environment.


Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.
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