Director, Institute of Jazz Studies

Rutgers University in New Jersey

Date Posted March 27, 2014
Employment Type Full-time

Director, Institute of Jazz Studies,
John Cotton Dana Library
Newark Campus

The Rutgers University Libraries invite nominations and applications for the important position of Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), the world's foremost jazz archive and research facility. The Director will be an accomplished leader who provides the vision and energy required to fulfill the IJS mission to preserve and promote jazz as a living art form. The Director will lead IJS in development of services and programs, oversee the continued growth and success, spearhead the ongoing acquisition of important jazz research collections and supporting resources and maintain an active personal presence in the jazz world and represent IJS on the regional, national, and international stages. The Institute of Jazz Studies collects, maintains, and makes available unique collections that include 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 collections support research from around the world. The highly regarded Masters of Arts Program in Jazz History and Research is supported directly by IJS collections and personnel. IJS maintains an active outreach program, furthering jazz education at all levels, and supports scholarship through the publication of the Journal of Jazz Studies and the Studies in Jazz monograph series.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reports to the Director of the Dana Library. Is responsible for the administration and development of the Institute, collaborating with the Director and IJS and Rutgers teaching faculty to identify and pursue external funding sources, including individual donors and grant funding agencies, and plans and manages grant-funded projects. Oversees the solicitation, evaluation, and acceptance of gift collections. Works with the Associate Director to oversee all aspects of IJS operations and services. Collaborates with the Head of Collection Services oversee the processing and preservation of archival collections in multiple formats. Interprets the collections and services of the Institute. Coordinates editorial work for the Journal of Jazz Studies. Participates in system-wide initiatives and leadership in the work of relevant scholarly and professional associations. Mentors other IJS faculty in pursuit of these activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Significant experience and exemplary scholarship in the study of American music, which includes an academic background as well as an MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and/or a Master's degree and/or doctorate in History, Archival Studies, Jazz Studies, Music, or a closely-related relevant advanced degree. Must also have a strong record of leadership and service in one or more of the disciplines noted herein and experience working with donors of rare or archival materials. 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. Must demonstrate or articulate a vision of the role of archival and special research collections in the delivery of information services to a diverse academic community and to the jazz world. Must be familiar with issues relating to managing and preserving digital collections and be able to meet tenure and promotion requirements. Desired skills include effective communication with library, archival and jazz studies colleagues, jazz professionals, teaching faculty, administration, students, and alumni and innovation and organizational abilities. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For complete position profile, requirements, and instructions how to apply go to:

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.

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