Centro Library Archives Officer and Chief Librarian

POSITION DETAILS

The Centro de Estudios Puertorriquei’ios/Center for Puerto Rican Studies is a university-based research institute, housed at Hunter College, whose mission consists of two components. One is to collect, preserve and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. The other is to produce, facilitate, and disseminate interdisciplinary research about the diasporic experience of Puerto Ricans and to link this scholarly inquiry to social action and policy debates.

The Centro Library and Archives are responsible for comprehensively collecting, organizing, maintaining and making available primary and secondary sources on the Puerto Rican experience. The Library and Archives shares and supports Centro’s overall mission. The Library collects in all areas of Puerto Rican Studies and all formats. It is particularly strong in the area of migration and the diasporic experience. The Archives’ strengths are principally in the area of social history but holds important collections that highlight the culture and the arts.

The Centro Library Archives Officer and Chief Librarian reports to the Senior Center Director. In addition to the CUNY Title Higher Education Officer overview, below, the Library Archives Officer and Chief Librarian for the Centro Library and Archives has the responsibilities of but not limited to:

  1. Overall Management of the Centro Library and Archives
  • Overseeing delivery of services by full and part time staff, student assistants and consultants
  • Hiring, supervising and encouraging professional staff development
  • Lead and perform the preparation of budget, grant writing and identifying external resources to complement the Centro Library and Archives’ operational budget
  • Promoting library resource development (identifying resources, purchasing and requesting donations of books and reference materials)
  • Developing Archives collections (identifying collections, pursuing donations and/or acquisition of collections), negotiating archival collections donations and pursuing relations with potential donors.
  • Assessing staff, services, facilities, collection conditions, and use of digital technologies and programs for the delivery of library and archives information services on a short and long term basis
  • Fundraising, lobbying potential donors and serving as the fiscal manager of grants and special allocations assigned to the Library and Archives
  • Outreaching to patrons and developing public relations activities {e.g. Gallery events, lectures and panels) of the Library and Archives
  • Leading the Centro Library and Archives in fostering relationships with Hunter Library, College administration and CUNY-wide programs
  • Speaking on behalf of the Centro Library and Archives in public forums and presentations
  • Providing leadership and advice to state and national leaders in the field of Puerto Rican and related area studies and library and archives research centers.
  • Working with a diverse population composed of students, academics, community and donors, and ensuring accessibility of resources and services to all.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s Degree and eight years’ relevant experience required.

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Advanced degree MLS and/or MA in library sciences, or Ph.D. in history, education or related fields from accredited universities, preferred;
  • Knowledge of Library and/or Archives, archival research, historic preservation, and interest in these areas.
  • S/he must demonstrate a profound interdisciplinary understanding of the Puerto Rican experience; broad knowledge of U.S. based Puerto Rican communities and Puerto Rican Studies.
  • Eight years or more of relevant experience. Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Conversant with library/archives technology preferred.
  • Fundraising and grant management experience preferred.
  • Fully bilingual in Spanish and English.

VACCINE REQUIREMENT

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.

CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW

Directs a specialized academic and/or research center.

  • Designs, implements and monitors curriculum for programs sponsored by the Center
  • Oversees the design and delivery of courses and workshops; assesses learning outcomes
  • Develops and manages Center’s budget and operations
  • Implements ongoing faculty and/or student development activities
  • Plans, develops, and initiates strategies for generating resources and/or revenues
  • May seek and acquire grant funding to further advance Center initiatives
  • Manages professional and clerical staff
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic Center Director

CUNY TITLE

Higher Education Officer

FLSA

Exempt

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary commensurate with education and experience.($83,878 – $129,310)

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website www.cuny.edu/employment. To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 25425

Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include:

  • Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred.

CLOSING DATE

The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on December 7, 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.

JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.