Reporting to the Dean of the Libraries, the Director of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) provides leadership, strategic vision, and direct administration for all functions of the Center, including the University Archives and the Belfer Audio Archive. The Director heads an active and highly reputed center that collects, preserves, and provides access to collections that document the history of Syracuse University and our global society, including rare printed materials, original manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and moving image recordings and University records.
The Director plans, organizes, and manages all aspects of SCRC operations, including the oversight of a complex budget and direct/indirect personnel management of 18 FTEs and more than 15 graduate and undergraduate student assistants. Working with the SCRC management team, the Director is responsible for strategic planning for the department as well as setting priorities for donor relations, collection development, preservation, and digital initiatives. The Director fosters a flexible, collaborative work environment and a strong team spirit within the department and in collaboration with other units within the Libraries and on campus.
The Director is a highly visible position that collaborates with Libraries and University leadership, faculty, development and other campus and external partners. They work closely with the Dean of Libraries/University Librarian, the Libraries Executive Team, the Libraries Management Team, and the Director of Development, the Director crafts fundraising strategies, stewards and cultivates donors, and creates proposals to support the goals and activities of the SCRC and the Libraries.
Utilizing innovation and creativity, the Director will facilitate the Center’s resources, services, and operations around its mission to be a vibrant research and learning environment where students, faculty, alumni, scholars, and the wider community explore original historical materials. While integrating collections into the curriculum and the intellectual life of the University through an ambitious program of exhibitions, class presentations, digital initiatives, and public events, the Director is also responsible for prolonging the life of the University’s rare and archival holdings by implementing ongoing and new preservation measures.
Leadership & Management
Provide leadership, strategic vision, and a unified voice for the Special Collections Research Center, which includes the University Archives and the Belfer Audio Archive.
Plan, organize, administer, and manage the SCRC’s annual operating budget, restricted funds including gifts and endowments, and annual grant and fellowship programs.
Directly supervise four management-level professional librarians and foster a collaborative work environment that facilitates the work of the department, promotes innovation, and creates and enables new initiatives and collaborations.
Responsible for the development of SCRC strategic plans and annual goals and their alignment with the broader goals of the Libraries and Syracuse University Academic Strategic Plan.
Participate in and provide leadership for university-wide initiatives that showcase special collections and the research use of such collections across the campus and in the academic community.
Collection Development & Fundraising
Working closely with the SCRC curatorial team, maintain and refine collection development policies.
Solicit major gifts, cultivate donors, and identify fundraising opportunities in collaboration with the Dean of the Libraries and Libraries advancement staff. Identify grant opportunities and work collaboratively to develop and submit proposals.
Lead and initiate the programmatic digitization of special collections and archives materials, utilizing internal resources and ongoing partnerships with national and international vendors.
Provide careful and ethical stewardship for existing gifts and awards, including the preparation of annual reports to major donors, foundations, and government agencies.
Working closely with the Dean of the Libraries and Libraries advancement staff, provide support for special donor events.
Serve as a member of the Libraries Management Team and other senior-level committees and teams. Interacts extensively with the other department and unit heads, managers, and library administrators.
Jointly with the Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and the Director of Information Systems, provide administrative oversight for the Digital Library Program.
Work closely with library and university staff on providing cutting-edge services to patrons; strategically utilizing and developing spaces (i.e.: classrooms, exhibition spaces, archival processing, long-term preservation storage, audio labs, reading room); and engaging in new initiatives and programs to make the collections as accessible as possible.
Actively engage in outreach to SU faculty and students, visiting researchers, and others to promote awareness and use of SCRC resources, services, programs, and initiatives.
Work closely with the SCRC’s Chief Curator and the Director of Communications and External Relations to publicize SCRC’s collections, services, exhibitions, events, programs, and other activities.
Engages in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession.
Maintains awareness of professional developments, issues, and practices through research and activities that increase one’s knowledge and abilities, and that positively impact one’s performance and service contributions.
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Accredited MLS with a special collections/archives focus and/or an advanced degree, preferably a PhD, in a relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible management experience in a special collections or archives setting
Knowledge firstname.lastname@example.org understanding of key issues and trends in special collections and archives within large academic research libraries
In-depth knowledge of current digital library program and preservation issues and trends
Strong understanding of scholarship, including the role of primary source materials in research, teaching, and learning
Demonstrated experience working effectively with faculty and students, and a commitment to a high level of service
An enthusiasm for and experience in fundraising, grant writing, and cultivating donors
Commitment to and experience in building and preserving primary source collections, including 20th century media and digital collections
Proven ability to provide leadership in a complex organization, including budget management, staff supervision, and planning experience
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and projects
Passion for learning, working collaboratively with faculty and scholars
Track record of successfully stewarding donors and major gifts
Demonstrated service to the field and/or record of scholarly publications
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