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Job ID: 192233

University Archivist, University Libraries
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Aug. 12, 2022
Title University Archivist, University Libraries
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department Distinctive Collections
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Library

Position Summary
The University Libraries seeks a dynamic and collaborative University Archivist to lead a team of dedicated professionals who strive to collect and preserve the history of the University at Buffalo and to advance scholarship through study and use of the University Archives’ institutional records and historical manuscript collections. The University Archivist provides leadership, vision, and advocacy for the Archives while fostering user-centered reference services and academic engagement to a broad and diverse university and community audience. The University Archivist works collaboratively within the library, across campus, and with external agencies to pursue grant funding and development opportunities to support the University Archives activities. The University Archivist pursues professional development opportunities including research, publication, and professional service activities, to meet library wide and University criteria for tenure.

As the University Archivist, you will:
Contribute to long range strategic planning and development of the mission of the University Libraries, displaying collegiality, leadership, and vision;
Actively engage in outreach to promote the use of the collections, particularly student use of primary source materials;
Create and coordinate dynamic exhibitions, public programs, and publications that promote the university and the use of University Archives;
Facilitate effective working relationships and work collaboratively within the library, across campus, and with external agencies and community groups;
Identify and pursue funding opportunities through grants, donor relations, partnerships, and development opportunities to support University Archives’ activities;
Oversee the day-to-day activities of the University Archives, including supervision of staff and student assistants;
Build and manage institutional records and historical manuscript collections, focusing on the identification and growth of underrepresented areas of the collection;
Oversee the appraisal, acquisition, processing, preservation, and digitization of university records of enduring value in all formats;
Apply and promulgate standards and best practices in providing access to archival and manuscript collections through finding aids and other descriptive means;
Identify and explore emerging technologies that support the capture, preservation, and discovery of the University Archives’ collections;
Work with the heads of the other departments on projects and priorities relating to Special Collections and on monitoring the security and effectiveness of the Special Collections reading room, closed stacks, and other storage facilities to ensure that users’ needs are addressed in a timely fashion, that all materials are protected during use, and that the facility is updated and maintained to promote research and teaching;
Serve as records manager for the University Libraries and participate in campus-wide records management activities and compliance.

Based upon qualifications, experience, the University’s standards for continuing appointment, and Libraries’ standards in librarianship, service, and scholarship, we anticipate appointing the successful candidate at the rank of Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian. The University Archivist will report to the Associate University Librarian for Administration and Distinctive Collections and work with librarians and staff across the University Libraries.

We invite individuals to apply whose perspectives and experiences will enrich and strengthen our organization. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and our employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. We encourage candidates who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment to apply.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About the University Libraries
SUNY’s largest academic research library offers an outstanding array of information resources, technologies, services, and people to support academic achievement. The Libraries play a vital role in the academic success of our students, the teaching and research of our faculty, and the intellectual pursuits of our alumni and community members. Our broad selection of digital and print resources, innovative services, and expert staff support scholarly and creative achievements in new and exciting ways.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited program, with a concentration in Archives Management; equivalent training and experience may be substituted for the concentration in Archives Management.
Five years’ experience in a professional position in an archives or manuscript repository with a minimum of two years’ supervisory experience.
Demonstrated skills in management and leadership, including mentoring and developing staff, strong written and oral communication, and project management skills.
Demonstrated command of current archival practice, and knowledge of emerging trends in special collections and archives including digital and born-digital records.
Experience with exhibition development and design.
Demonstrated awareness of the challenges and opportunities for justice, diversity, inclusion, equity and access in staffing, services, collections, and physical spaces within the libraries, the university, and in higher education.
Ability to conceptualize and plan content for selective digitization of archival materials.
Demonstrated evidence of professional scholarly interests and potential to meet the University at Buffalo’s promotion and tenure standards in librarianship, research, service, and outreach.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience with donor relations.
Grant writing experience.
Demonstrated experience with digital repository and/or digital preservation software.
Commitment to ongoing professional development and service.
Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).

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