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Monday, August 9, 2010

F/T - Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division - NYPL

Position Description:
Under the general direction of the Executive Director of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division:
  • Provides leadership, vision, direction, advocacy and accountability for the Billy Rose Theatre Division.
  • Has responsibility for all areas of the Theatre Division’s collecting scope, including stage, film, television, radio and all forms of public entertainment, while exercising selectivity and focus in acquiring collections.
  • Identifies and recommends archival materials appropriate for digitization projects and works with Digital Strategy Office to oversee such projects.
  • Works with Library senior staff/management to develop new models of public service and staff deployment.
  • Responsible for the selection, training, re-training and supervision of the Division’s staff.
  • Provides general direction for the Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) Archive, including working with the TOFT Director on issues of collection development, staffing, management, and budget.
  • Works in close and frequent cooperation with NYPL Counsel’s office regarding donor agreements and other legal issues affecting the division.
  • Actively engages with the Committee for the Theatre Division on fundraising and collection development.
  • Actively engages in the development of exhibition and programming opportunities.
  • Helps develop fundraising strategies and grant proposals.
  • Maintains effective liaison between the Library and those segments of the national and international theatre and film communities it serves.
  • Maintains an awareness of current developments in the archival field, including processing trends, digital information technologies and their uses in special collections, and copyright and use policies associated with special collections materials.
  • Plays a leadership role in understanding and meeting the needs of the creative and research communities.
  • Performs related duties as required.

  • Bachelor’s degree and extensive experience in the field of theatre or film.
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies or a Master’s degree in theatre or film preferred.
  • Formal archival training or education and/or demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice.
  • Successfully demonstrated knowledge of theatre history and literature, as well as research sources and techniques.
  • Ability to engage with the issues surrounding digitization, including considerations of how digital initiatives impact access, copyright, and preservation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to work effectively and to establish productive working relationships with all levels of staff and users.
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with donors, representatives of other institutions, funding sources, constituents and the professional community of performing artists.
  • Successfully demonstrated public speaking experience.
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to prepare budgets and grant requests.
  • Successfully demonstrated leadership skills in the areas of staff management, development, long range planning, and effective public service.
  • Reading knowledge of French or Italian preferred.
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