The famous Newberry Library in Chicago is seeking a Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. He or she will be in charge of the Division of Research and Academic Programs.
Reporting to the President & Librarian, the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs is The Newberry Library’s chief research and academic officer and oversees one of The Newberry Library’s three program divisions. The division includes a central operation, which has responsibility for key research and academic programs such as fellowships and undergraduate seminars, as well as four program centers (the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Center for Renaissance Studies, and the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture). The division collaborates closely with The Newberry Library’s Library Services Division and with the Department of Continuing Education.
The responsibilities of the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs provides leadership to The Newberry Library in the area of research and academic affairs, working with the division’s department heads and with other Newberry staff to plan, implement, fund, and review programs that make use of The Newberry Library’s collection, expertise, and partnerships. He or she is responsible for budget supervision, personnel management, and program evaluation for the division.
The Vice President for Research and Academic Programs also represents the division in Senior Staff deliberations and in relevant Board of Trustee meetings (especially the Research, Education, and Academic Programs Committee), as well as with relevant colleagues at other institutions ranging from universities to other libraries to funding entities. Specifically, the Vice President will supervise and provide direction to The Newberry Library’s fellowship program; supervise and provide direction to the aforementioned four program centers in the division; provide direction to the undergraduate and graduate academic programs; participate through leadership and collaboration in the development, implementation, and review of funded academic and research projects within the division as well as joint with other divisions and with other organizations; lead and participate in the divisions grant application and review processes; work closely with senior colleagues in other divisions on behalf of The Newberry Library’s goals and programs, including participation as a member of the Senior Staff; advise the President & Librarian on matters relating to research and academic programs; develop and review of relevant partnerships with other organizations (including foundations and agencies, cultural institutions, and colleges and universities), as they bear on research and academic programs; cultivate relationships with scholars and peers at other relevant institutions, in order to benefit The Newberry Library’s partnerships; collaborate with the Vice President for Development and other staff in relevant fundraising activities; and undertake or participate in special projects, as assigned by the President & Librarian.
The qualifications the Human Resources Director is looking for are a Ph.D. in a field relevant to The Newberry Library’s collections, with a record of scholarly achievement and successful teaching at the college or university level; understanding of and substantial experience with research libraries; a demonstrated ability to manage intellectual, personnel, and financial resources, having achieved success in one or more notable administrative assignments; a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of humanities-oriented scholarly inquiry; and an understanding of and experience with museums and other cultural organizations, including inter-institutional collaboration. Further, successful grant-writing and fund-raising experience highly desirable
The benefits are good. The first year – health, dental, vision, group life, and long-term disability insurance, twenty-five vacation days, two personal days, paid holidays, and 457(b) deferred compensation plan. After one year of service – long-term care and TIAA-CREF retirement plan is available. The schedule the Vice President of Research and Academic Programs works is a full-time, thirty-five-hour-long workweek, Mondays through Fridays; exempt position.
Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, short (thirty pages or less) writing sample, and contact information for three references. Applicants should indicate their start date availability in the cover letter.
This job was posted online on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. The deadline for applications is Monday, December 15, 2014.
Interested parties should send a cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director.
Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
When e-mailing, combine the cover letter and résumé as one Word or PDF document and submit that document as an e-mail attachment. The e-mail address is hr [at] newberry.org. The fax number is (312) 255-3509. Do not call.