Archivist - Director for Special Collections & Archives (S04142P)
The University of Texas at Arlington
Location: Arlington, Texas
Internal Number: 20735
The Director for Special Collections and Archives leads UTA Libraries' Special Collections and Archives. This includes the development and implementation of strategic and operational goals that embrace open archives and a progressive role for special collections and archives in the student experience and faculty research. Collaboration with colleagues within UTA Libraries and across UTA is critical for strategic initiatives to promote access and discovery, experiential learning, open scholarship, and diverse public engagement. The director must demonstrate a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives that grow and develop our staff, collections, and outreach to our community.
Provides leadership, vision, and organizational structure for primary archives domains (including acquisitions, accessions, processing, preservation, reference, outreach, and promoting universal access) and the continued growth of Special Collections and Archives that prioritizes open archives, global and universal access to our unique collections, and innovative engagement in the student experience and faculty research.
Collaborates to create digitization and metadata workflows that support universal access by global and diverse audiences.
Develops and manages departmental budget.
Modernizes archival functions and develops benchmarks for assessment.
Promotes collaborative relationships with faculty, Libraries' public services staff, and community partners to fully integrate archives into the curricula and student experience.
Development, Grants, and Outreach
Coordinates development and outreach programs for Special Collections and Archives in collaboration with University development staff, the Dean of UTA Libraries, other Directors and Department Heads, and Special Collections and Archives staff.
Develops and fosters relationships with donors and prospective donors of collection materials and funding to enhance the holdings and programming of Special Collections and Archives.
Identifies grant opportunities and works to create proposals in support of Special Collections and Archives projects.
Engages is professional development, scholarship, and outreach that centers on the work and collections of UTA Libraries and Special Collections and Archives.
As a member of the Dean's Department Heads and Directors leadership team, the Director of Special Collections and Archives will actively engage in planning and implementing innovative services for the UTA Libraries.
Advance departmental, Libraries, and university goals.
Advocate for equity, diversity, justice, and inclusive practices throughout Special Collections and UTA Libraries.
Participate in committees and task forces within the Libraries, university, and the profession.
Foster an environment of continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
Continuously assess and iterate programs to improve services and advance initiatives.
Demonstrate commitment to innovation and discovery to remain relevant in higher education, in public engagement, and to support others in doing so.
Other Duties as Assigned
An MLS or equivalent degree from an American Library Association accredited institution or a master's degree in history or related discipline.
Five (5) years of professional experience in special collections and/or archives, including some supervisory experience.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as member of the UTA community.
Knowledge of the trends currently impacting libraries, special collections, and archives.
Demonstrated engagement with open scholarship and/or open archives.
Familiarity with methods for collecting materials from diverse communities.
Experience with donor relations and development activities.
Experience with grant acquisition and execution.
Training and/or experience in the field of history or related discipline with the American Southwest, Texas, or cartographic history as the top preferences.
Ability to mentor and supervise staff.
Knowledge of archival theory and experience with archival best practices including arrangement, description, preservation, and reference.
Demonstrated ability to speak in public and write effectively.
Experience with strategic planning and implementation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Project planning and management skills.
Ability to lead, cultivate, and empower staff.
Ability to engage with students and members of the public (non-expert and non-professional people interested in Special Collections).
Analytical and problem-solving skills.
Time management skills.
Ability to work in a team-based environment and manage multiple tasks concurrently.
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds at a Hispanic and AAPI Serving Institution with the third-highest undergraduate diversity index in the country and a long history of focus on disability rights.
Commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and to serving the needs of a culturally. and educationally diverse and inclusive community.
With annual research expenditures in excess of $100M, the University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. A leading institution in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. With a total global enrollment of over 59,000 in AY 2018-19, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2018. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fourth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2018 Best for Vets list.