Head, Arts and Special Collections, Carnegie Mellon University – Search Extended

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries seek an enthusiastic and innovative leader for the Arts and Special Collections department. The department supports and facilitates faculty and student teaching, learning, and research in the arts by offering services, collections, instruction, and outreach for the College of Fine Arts, which includes the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, and Music. Arts and Special Collections provides and creates digital services and collections for this community. The department also includes five special collections units (Fine and Rare Book Room, Posner Memorial Collection, Architecture Archives, Audio Collection, and Visual Resources Collection) in two facilities (Hunt Library and Posner Center).

The head is responsible for the management of the department including staffing, services, collections, and facilities. The head oversees the Arts Reference Desk and other service points. The head supervises a team of four faculty liaison librarians/archivists and four staff members. The head develops departmental strategic plans in coordination with the University Libraries’ strategic plan through collaboration with members of the department and other Libraries department heads. The head maintains and promotes interdepartmental communication and participates in library governance.

This position is part of the Librarian/Archivist track of the university faculty. Continuing appointment or promotion is dependent on job performance, research, scholarly or artistic activity, and service. Initial appointment will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and professional achievement.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized international equivalent or appropriate advanced degree
  • Degree in the visual or performing arts, or five or more years of arts or academic library experience
  • Strong public service orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate as part of a team.
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of print and electronic information resources and information technologies
  • Demonstrated experience in creating or managing digital projects.
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Potential to meet the university’s requirements for promotion and continuing appointment, http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Librarian.html

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with managing arts facilities, special collections, or archives
  • Advanced degree in the visual or performing arts, or management
  • Proven skills in traditional and digital reference, instruction, and computing

Salary negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Employment eligibility verification and background check required before hire.

Members of historically underrepresented groups in librarianship (African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Send application letter referencing job HL1-07, resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Executive Assistant, Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890. Fax: (412) 268-2793. Email applications (job #HL1-07 in subject line) can be sent to dlc2@andrew.cmu.edu.

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