Click on a job that interests you, then scroll down to read the description.

Available Positions

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

F/T - Director, Institute of Jazz Studies - Rutgers Univ Libraries/Newark NJ

Subject: Position Announcement - Rutgers University Library, Newark, N. J


TITLE:  Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers University Libraries – Newark Campus 
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced, innovative, and service-oriented leader to fill the position of Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Reporting to the Assistant Chancellor and Director of the Dana Library, the Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) will provide vision, energy and strong leadership for IJS in the fulfillment of all aspects of its mission, as a world -renowned research collection of jazz. Will oversee all aspects of IJS operations and services, ensuring outstanding research services to the diverse scholarly community.  Will evaluate and recommend the acceptance of gift collections. Will work with the IJS Head of Technical Services in prioritizing and overseeing the processing and preservation of archival collections. Will provides guidance for the archivists in the application of best practices and cutting-edge techniques in the management and processing of archival collections. As one of the library liaisons to the Masters’ Program in Jazz History and Research,  will identify appropriate collaboration opportunities with teaching faculty, assist in the orientation for incoming graduate students, and provide research assistance for faculty and students in Jazz History and Research and related disciplines, such as the doctoral program in American Studies. In collaboration with other units of the Libraries, will work to enhance the digital presence of the IJS. The Director will be responsible for interpreting the holdings of the IJS collection to both the international scholarly community and the broader public, and for representing the Institute on the regional, national and international stage. The Director will develop programming, such as exhibitions, conferences, symposia, lectures, and musical performances, to provide broad exposure to the resources of the Institute. Works with the Dana Library Director in identifying and pursuing external funding sources, including individual donors and grant funding agencies, and will plan and manage grant-funded projects. As a member of a university-wide faculty, the Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies is expected to participate in system-wide initiatives, committees, and tasks forces, and to demonstrate commitment to continual professional development through scholarly research relevant to areas of responsibility, including publications, presentations and participation and leadership in the work of relevant scholarly and professional associations.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will possess extensive professional experience and accomplishment in academic or research library special collections, archives, or similar settings, or as an academic and researcher, with relevant managerial and administrative experience and the ability to articulate a vision of the role of archival and research collections in the delivery of information services to a diverse academic community. An experienced and qualified American music scholar with an academic background including a MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution; or, a Master’s degree and/or doctorate in History, Archival Studies, Jazz Studies, Music, or a closely-related, relevant advanced degree, the successful candidate will have an exemplary record of scholarship, and a strong record of leadership and service. Must have the ability and desire to meet tenure and promotion requirements. Key skills include effective communication with library, archival and jazz studies colleagues, other teaching faculty, administration, students, and alumni; innovation, and organizational ability and leadership ability.  Experience working with donors of rare or archival materials. Familiarity with issues relating to managing and preserving digital collections.

SALARY:  Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STATUS/BENEFITS: Faculty status, calendar year appointment, retirement plans, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and eyeglass plans, tuition remission, one month vacation.

LIBRARY AND UNIVERSITY PROFILE Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American
Universities. The university, spread over three regional campuses, includes over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 2,500 faculty, engaged in numerous degree-granting, research, and professional programs in all disciplines, as well as a broad spectrum of service programs for the state. Situated on 35 acres in downtown Newark, Rutgers-Newark is part of a dynamic urban environment and is positioned to take a leading role in the further revitalization of Newark.  The Newark campus is a doctoral-degree granting research institution, classified as a Carnegie Research Intensive institution.
Rutgers-Newark offers 14 doctoral programs: American studies, applied physics, behavioral and neural science biology, chemistry, criminal justice, environmental science, global affairs, management, mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, public administration, and urban systems. With more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students and anticipated growth in the student body, as well as in the number of resident students, the Rutgers-Newark Campus is the nation’s most diverse national university campus. The Rutgers University Libraries (RUL), comprised of libraries on the University’s Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses, all reporting to the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, operate as a unified library system with coordinated public services, technical services, and collection development. The Libraries have a staff of 304, a budget of $21 million, and holdings numbering more than 3.6 million volumes. Rutgers University Libraries are a member of ARL, CRL, Lyrasis, NERL, and VALE, and use SirsiDynix and OCLC as their primary bibliographic utilities. The John Cotton Dana Library, in conjunction with the other Rutgers libraries, provides services and support for the Newark campus.  The Dana Library includes 12 library faculty and 25 staff positions, with a budget of $2.7 million. The world-renowned Institute of Jazz Studies, a special collections unit of the John Cotton Dana Library, is the world’s largest jazz archive. With over 100,000 sound recordings, 100 distinct archival collections, over 30,000 photographs, extensive oral history collections, books, jazz periodicals, musical instruments and other memorabilia, the Institute of Jazz Studies supports research by students at all levels, scholars and writers from around the world, musicians, arts institutions, record labels, and the media. The university’s highly regarded Masters of Arts Program in Jazz History and Research is supported directly by IJS collections and staff. The Institute also maintains an active outreach program, furthering jazz education in many ways, and supports scholarship through the publication of theJournal of Jazz Studies, a leading English-language scholarly jazz journal, and the Studies in Jazz monograph series. For more information go to the RUL website: and to learn about the Dana Library and Newark Campus go to:   Rutgers is an ADVANCE institution, committed to increasing diversity and the participation and advancement of women in the STEM disciplines.

TO APPLY:  CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY.  To apply please email your application in Word format (include cover letter, resume, names of three references, and where you saw the position advertised) to:  Sandra Troy, (APP.  196 ), University Libraries Human Resources Manager, Rutgers University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163,, FAX: 732-932-7637
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.  The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.