Director of Archives – Rockefeller Archive Center – Sleepy Hallow, NY

The Rockefeller Archive Center seeks a motivated and forward-thinking individual to join the senior management team in the position of Director of Archives. Reporting to the President, the Director of Archives will oversee all archival units and will lead all aspects of the planning, development, and management of the Center’s archival collections.

The Rockefeller Archive Center is committed to the use of effective digital technologies to enhance the availability of its collections to researchers throughout the world. The Center is seeking candidates who will be equally committed to this goal and who have a strong background in the use of digital technologies in an archival setting. Prospective candidates should also have extensive experience in supervision and management, as well as the skill to cultivate positive and strong collaborations among the various units of the archive.

The Rockefeller Archive Center serves a large and diverse international audience of scholars, students, philanthropy professionals, filmmakers, journalists and many others. The Director of Archives will work closely with the staff to develop an archival program that can strengthen the services offered by the Center within the context of the best practices and standards of the archival profession. The Director of Archives will also work closely with the Archive Center’s donor institutions, such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation, to shape archival programs that are responsive to the new digital environment. In addition, the Director is expected to be actively involved in and contributing to the archival profession.

Prospective candidates should hold a Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent advanced degree. Candidates should also have at least 10 years of professional archival experience, along with proven experience managing professional staff. In addition, experience with current archival systems, including collections management systems and digital preservation management systems, is expected. Demonstrated knowledge of records management procedures as well as archival processing standards and procedures is also required.

The Director of Archives will directly supervise four to five Assistant Directors and an IT staff of two, and will have general oversight of an archival staff of 25. The Director will also work closely with the Director of Research and Education in the development and expansion of the Archive Center’s programs for scholars and professionals in the field of philanthropy.

The Rockefeller Archive Center, an operating foundation with its own substantial endowment, is an independent archive and research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains it shapes. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and the foundations and nonprofits established by the family, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller University. Today, the Center’s growing holdings include materials from numerous foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, as well as from many nonprofit organizations. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.

Located 20 miles north of New York City in Westchester County on a former Rockefeller estate, the Archive Center is easily accessible from major highways and by train on the Metro-North Hudson Line. The Rockefeller Archive Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications along with a resume via email or mail to:
Rockefeller Archive Center
15 Dayton Ave
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
careers@rockarch.org

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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