Head of Special Collections and Archives

Faculty Employment Application

Head of Special Collections and Archives

Berea College invites applications for a full-time librarian position at the assistant professor level to begin in Summer 2019. An MLS or MLIS from an American Library Association-accredited institution is required or a Master’s degree from a related field with appropriate rare book and archive coursework. The successful candidate should have a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in special collections, archives and digital scholarship.

Reporting to the Director of Library Services, the Head of Special Collections and Archives will take a leadership role in the management and oversight of the College’s rare book collection, the College and general archives as well as the preservation of the collections. The Head of Special Collections and Archives will take the leadership role of hiring, management of and evaluation of professional and para professional staff.

The successful candidate will supervise all department functions including collecting, processing, organizing, preserving, and digitizing materials in multiple formats; reference, research assistance and instruction; and providing maximum access to collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, digital collections, and other rare and special materials. The Head is actively involved in donor cultivation, grant writing, and implementation.

Applicants should send a cover letter, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to SCAsearch2019@berea.edu. Applicants should also complete and submit the Faculty Application available at Faculty Employment Application along with other materials. Review of materials will begin August 15th 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600-plus students from more than 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition.  Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016, 2017, and 2018, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.

 Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.