Head Librarian ( Associate / Full Professor)

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

This is a faculty position in the Hunter College Library department. Reappointment, tenure, and promotion are subject to the Library department bylaws and guidelines for tenure and promotion. The Head Librarian jointly reports to the Center Director and the Hunter Chief Librarian and has the responsibilities of but not limited to:

  • 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
  • Preparing budget requests, writing grants, 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, use of digital technologies and programs for the delivery of library and archives information services on 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 diverse population composed of students, academics, community, and donors, and assure accessibility of resources and services to all.


Associate/Full Professor: Supports a college library through providing in-depth consultation with students and faculty and collaboration for the ongoing improvement of instructional programs and practices. Pursues an active scholarly agenda, performs supervisory duties, and participates in college-and university-wide programs and committees as assigned.


  • An ALA-accredited graduate degree in library and information studies
  • An additional graduate or professional degree
  • A record of scholarly and professional achievement and service appropriate to the rank of associate or full professor


  • Ph. D in history, education, or related fields from accredited universities
  • Knowledge of Library and/or Archives, archival research and historical preservation and interest in these areas.
  • S/he must demonstrate a profound interdisciplinary understanding of the Puerto Rican experience; a broad knowledge of U.S. based Puerto Rican communities and Puerto Rican Studies.
  • At least five years of demonstrated administrative and management experience in an academic library environment.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Conversant with library/archives technology.
  • Fundraising and grant management experience.
  • Fully bilingual in Spanish and English.


Salary commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.

Associate Professor: $82,928 – $100,329

Professor: $104,057– $129,310

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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 27962.

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 describing related qualifications, experience, and proposed research activities.
  • Current CV
  • Writing sample related to the position (30-50 double spaced pages)
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred


The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on March 1, 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.


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