University Archivist – The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) seeks nominations and applications for a transformative, entrepreneurial, and future forward leader for its next University Archivist. This position is an excellent opportunity for a thoughtful and pragmatic leader with an imaginative vision for archives to help create a 21st century university archives and records center for one of preeminent institutions of higher education in the world. The Penn Libraries seek an individual who can provide organizational leadership for both the archives and records center, while also collaboratively designing new and innovative digital services and scholarship that demonstrate and highlight the value of Penn’s treasures in the archives to the intellectual work of a global community of scholars, teachers, researchers, and the broader public.

The University of Pennsylvania is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. Penn is an Ivy League school consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in U.S. Penn has 12 highly regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn has a proud tradition of translating knowledge into social-minded action that dates back to its founder, Benjamin Franklin. This tradition of active pragmatism, articulated in Franklin’s maxim “well-done is better than well-said,” lives today through the inclusive policies, innovative work, and impactful engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.

Reporting to the AUL Director of Special Collections Rare Books and Manuscripts with a dotted line to the Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries, the University Archivist creates policy for and oversees all operations (acquisition, retention, disposal, preservation, and access to records) of the University Archives and Records Center, outreach initiatives and a fundraising program.

The University Archivist plays a prominent role in Penn Libraries leadership while working to integrate the work of the archives and the records center in that of Penn Libraries and building partnerships with stakeholders across Penn’s campus, while actively contributing to the Society of American Archivists and contributing to the local, national and global archival community.

The University Archivist supervises a growing team of approximately 10 staff and other professionals. The total annual operating budget for 2022-2023 stands at approximately $2 million, including salaries.

The University Archivist is a contributor to a number of academic and governance committees and attends meetings of the Libraries’ Senior Leadership Team as a senior leader within the Penn Libraries.

The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree in library/information science with a concentration in archives, or equivalent and an impressive record of intellectual and scholarly achievement. In addition, they should bring strong leadership skills and administrative experience to the role.

To view the full position profile, please visit Storbeck Search’s website.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate

Storbeck Search

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class.

Job Location – City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$110,850.00 – $174,270.66

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