Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Library seeks creative, collaborative, service-oriented candidates for the position of Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives. Reporting to the Director of the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library (HLM), the Kheel Center Director provides leadership and oversight of one of the premier collections of primary resource materials in its field.

The Kheel Center is at an exciting point in its 70 year history. The acquisition of the extensive collections of the American Textile History Museum have united the records of the textile mills with the textile union records that make up the plurality of Khee’s over 30,000 cubic feet of records, backed up by the new, endowed Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator position. A plan to collect international labor records, using contacts from the library and Cornell’s ILR School, is bringing in important material that would otherwise likely not be available to researchers.

The Director will lead a department of four archivists and two staff, plus any grant-funded staff. They will control an endowed budget which funds the department’s special projects, student assistants, supplies, and professional travel. The Director serves on the HLM department heads group and works closely with the Director of Cornell’s Rare and Manuscript Collections, addressing special collections issues across campus.

The Kheel Center collections include the records of several major US labor unions in the garment and textile, railroad, teaching, hospitality, and health care professions; management theorists; arbitrators and negotiators; and researchers of all aspects of the ‘World of Work’ Through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Mediation Board, the Kheel Center maintains significant Collective Bargaining Agreement holdings. The Kheel Center also collects internationally and is an active member of the International Association of Labour History Institutions. The Kheel Center maintains a large digital presence through the DigitalCommons@ILR site, targeted web exhibits, and on Flickr.

The Director will maintain and promote the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.

Required Qualifications:

* At least 5 years of professional experience in archives and manuscripts.
* Graduate degree in archival administration, library/information science, or the equivalent.
* American history or labor relations coursework with experience in primary source research.
* Superior analytical, writing, and organizing skills.
* Evidence of professional scholarship and leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Supervisory, management, or budgeting experience.
* Additional graduate degree in history, labor relations, or the social sciences.
* Archival experience, knowledge and/or coursework in US labor history.
* Experience with digital archives.
* Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives is part of the Catherwood Library, the premier repository for the study of employment and the workplace, serving Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Catherwood Library is one of three units that make up Cornell’s Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library.

One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.


Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

How to Apply:

The application deadline is March 30, 2018. Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred). The incoming academic rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

University Job Title: Archivist
Level: 006
Pay Rate Type: Salary
Contact Name: Bonnie Bailey
Number of Openings: 1

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