Director of Preservation Services — Yale University — New Haven, CT

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: The Director of Preservation Services is the chief preservation officer and leads a team of preservation and conservation staff in service of Yale University Librarya��s mission to provide outstanding support for teaching, learning, and research at Yale, and for the world-wide scholarly community. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, Preservation, and Digital Scholarship, the Director establishes strategic direction and leads activities across an extensive set of preservation services, and directs the operations of the Yale University Librarya��s Center for Preservation & Conservation, a state of the art facility that opened in 2015.

Serving as a leader, partner, and manager, the Director leads a team of 23 staff comprising four operational units a�� Conservation & Exhibit Services, Digital Reformatting & Microfilming Services, Preservation Services, and Digital Preservation. Library preservation efforts include conservation treatment, housing, exhibition planning and preparation, digital preservation, reformatting of print and audio-visual materials, digital photography, commercial binding, emergency preparedness and response, and environmental monitoring.

The Director sustains the Librarya��s ongoing commitment to stewardship of remarkable, extensive collections of physical materials; drives the development of robust, sustainable preservation of digital objects; collaborates with colleagues across the library system and University collections, including The University Art Gallery, The Center for British Art, the Peabody Museum of Natural History as well as the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; and partners with colleagues and provides leadership on preservation within the larger professional community at a national level.

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Principal areas of responsibility include:
1. Strategic Leadership: Lead development of strategic vision, prioritization, and assessment of departmental functions. Advance the development and implementation of preservation and conservation services. Identify and promote relevant emerging preservation practices, including in the area of digital preservation.
2. Administrative Leadership: Plan, monitor, and manage a $3 million annual budget (inclusive of salaries). Collaborate with library leaders to align preservation services with library goals and departmental needs. Think creatively about organizational structure and staff capacity, skills, and development, in order to ensure alignment with the Librarya��s current and future needs.
3. Collaboration: Develop and maintain effective engagement with internal and external leaders, stakeholders, partners, and user groups. Support the preservation and conservation needs of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and other special collections across the Library system. Serve as the librarya��s primary liaison on preservation matters, in consultation with the AUL. Represent the library in institutional and national/international meetings.
4. Culture and Teamwork: Maintain and promote a collaborative work environment where department staff function effectively as a team. Operate as a trusted partner in helping to develop a shared understanding of the relationship between collections, preservation, and digital scholarship.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
a�? Mastera��s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. A post-graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline may be substituted for a mastera��s degree in library science.
a�? Minimum of five yearsa�� professional experience in preservation that includes significant supervisory experience in libraries, higher education, or cultural heritage.
a�? Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in preservation. Demonstrated ability and achievement in managing staff, including ability to identify and address gaps in organizational structure, staff capacity & skills, and develop staff to build relevant skills.
a�? Demonstrated ability to lead through inclusion and engagement of departmental staff.
a�? Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain effective relationships internally and externally with stakeholders, partners, and user groups.
a�? Ability to create and maintain a collaborative work environment where department staff function effectively as a team and treat each other with mutual respect.
a�? Demonstrated ability in managing budgets and capital projects.
a�? Strong commitment to collection building and to innovative public service programs.
a�? Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability.
a�? Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence.
a�? Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
a�? Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.

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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Development experience, including grant writing and/or managing grant funded projects.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional infor mation on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin March 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individuala��s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

About John Pell

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

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